The Anniversary experience starts with some rather standard packaging.
While the appearance of the Anniversary series is certainly different from Kingston’s trademark blue, grey-plus-bling is another colour scheme from the past having been first seen on the Genesis series a couple of years ago. Still, it makes the modules look rather handsome, in our opinion.
Heatspreaders on the Anniversary series are as simple as it gets. Here, Kingston have followed a proven recipe of adding two strips of thermal tape and two low-profile aluminium heatsinks to each of the modules, and what they got in the end is a construction that is both compact and reasonably efficient.
As is known, makers do not produce the modules from scratch; some components such as memory chips have to be sourced from a couple of large OEMs. Having removed the heatspreaders on our set, we see that Kingston have gone Hynix on the DDR3-1866 CL9 model, using chips of 2Gbit density commonly referred to as CFR.
Same chips can also be frequently found on much higher rated memory but this doesn’t automatically imply that our modules will also be good as overclocking properties of Hynix CFR are known to greatly vary from sample to sample.
The SPD module provides some basic information on the manufacturer, model and the production date of the memory. It also contains four JEDEC profiles that provide compatibility up to DDR3-1333 and a pair of XMP, which can be used to set the memory to either its rated speed or a lower setting of DDR3-1600 with minimal input from the user.