HyperX Unveils World’s First Infrared Synchronized DDR4 RGB Memory
As part of their RGB gaming accessories initiative, Kingston has introduced a new entry in its well-known HyperX Predator RAM series with RGB lighting. Their announcment comes as part of a CES2018 Press Release.
These new RAM modules aren't the first to integrate RGB, but they do have a unique twist on how synchronization between individual modules is done. Usually, effects synchronization is handled by the motherboard, a seperate controller, or on the software layer. However Kingston is claiming that their new line of Predator memory is the first to use an integrated infrared controller to keep RGB settings uniform across each stick of RAM.
To break it down a little more, it looks like each module has an IR emitter and an IR sensor built in. While the actual effects (colors and patterns) are still set in a software utility, the IR hardware on each stick will work in tandem to make sure the timing on color changes or pulsations stays synced up. Basically, each IR transmitter sends timing data to the next sensor in sequence. You can see this in action in this video HyperX released alongside their press release:
Kingston appears to be making a concerted effort to ensure that their new RGB memory will work with lighting control software from many of the major PC gaming manufacturers. So far, this includes ASUS Arua Syn, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and GMSI Mystic Light. There’s also apparently some kind of additional cooperation with some chassis makers, including In-Win.
While we do know that the new HyperX memory will be DDR4, we’re still waiting for clarification on a few details. Specifically, Kingston has remained mum on exact timings, clock speeds, or module capacities. From a more technical standpoint, we also have some questions on how well the IR sync technology will work on larger motherboards with multiple banks of RAM slots, commonly seen with Intel’s X299 or AMD’s X399 chipsets. One thing we do know is that we’ll be seeing HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 RAM sometime in the second fiscal quarter of the year.