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With HyperX memory that uses XMP profiles, the default settings used are JEDEC standard values. Some systems do not operate at speeds greater than the JEDEC settings. To give every customer the best experience, Kingston sets the module to the JEDEC standard values, giving you the choice of whether to overclock using the XMP profiles if your system supports it.

With PnP modules, 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.

FAQ: KTM-030615-HYX-03

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Some of the flash storagedevice’s listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and is notavailable 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", use some of the memory cells within the device and thus reduce the capacity available for data storage by the end user.

Formatting includes the followingoperations:

  1. Testing each memory cell inthe flash storage device.
  2. Identifying all defectivecells and taking steps to ensure that no data will be written to or read from adefective 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 AllocationTable (FAT) or other directory. To enable flash storage devices to store and access customer files conveniently, 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 foruse by the flash storage device’s controller, e.g., for storing firmwareupdates and other controller-specific information.
  6. Where applicable, reservingsome cells for special features. For example, thespecification for Secure Digital (SD) cards requires reserved areas to supportspecial 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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