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Kingston's gaming memory use XMP profiles to overclock, however these modules ship from the factory at JEDEC standard values. Some systems do not support overclock speeds and latencies upon first installation, so in order to give every customer the best experience, Kingston sets the module to the JEDEC standard values, giving the user the choice to overclock using the XMP profiles if the system supports it. The XMP profile can then be enabled within the system BIOS.

Plug-N-Play (PnP) modules, such as FURY and Impact, ship from the factory at the advertised overclock speed and latency. If the system is not able to run at the overclocked settings, the system may either use the next highest timing profile or default to the JEDEC standard timings. FURY and Impact also featured an XMP profile that matches the advertised speed and latency. This can be used to force the system to overclock the memory if it does not overclock automatically. A second, less aggressive profile is sometimes available, in case the first profile is too extreme for your system.

FAQ: KTM-030615-HYX-03

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Some of the flash storage device's listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage, therefore you will not see the full capacity.

When a flash storage device is manufactured, steps are taken to ensure that the device operates reliably and permits the host device (computer, digital camera, PDA, etc.) to access the memory cells; i.e., to store and retrieve data on the flash storage device. These steps, loosely called "formatting," utilize some of the memory cells within the device and thus reduce the capacity available for data storage by the end-user.

Formatting includes the following operations:

  1. Testing each memory cell in the flash storage device.
  2. Identifying all defective cells and taking steps to ensure that no data will be written to or read from a defective cell.
  3. Reserving some cells to serve as "spares." Flash memory cells have a long but finite lifetime. Therefore, some cells are held in reserve to replace any memory cells that may fail over time.
  4. Creating a File Allocation Table (FAT) or other directory. To enable flash storage devices to conveniently store and access customer files, a file management system must be created to allow any device or computer to identify the files stored in the flash storage device. The most common type of file management system for flash storage devices is the File Allocation Table (FAT), which is also used on hard drives.
  5. Reserving some cells for use by the flash storage device's controller, e.g., for storing firmware updates and other controller-specific information.
  6. Where applicable, reserving some cells for special features. For example, the specification for Secure Digital (SD) cards requires reserved areas to support special copy protection and security features.

FAQ: KDT-010611-GEN-06

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Our flash drives are plug-n-play devices. Therefore, additional drivers are not required.

FAQ: KDT-110611-GEN-09

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