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PREVIEW: Kingston Fury Beast 5200MHz DDR5

By Antony Leather. Posted

There has been a flurry of DDR5-related press announcements over the past few months, and Kingston has been quite forthcoming about its approach, as well as contributing to our DDR5 memory feature in Issue 220 this month, discussing the pros and cons of DDR5.

This Kingston Fury Beast kit was also the first DDR5 memory to pass through our doors, and while we don’t have pricing or availability information yet, we’ve put the 32GB Kingston Fury Beast 5200MHz kit through its paces on our new Alder Lake test system.

On the surface, this Fury DDR5 set looks like a standard DDR4 memory kit, and for anyone needing some low-profile memory to sit under a large air cooler, or in a cramped small form factor build, the Fury modules stand just 35mm tall.

This should mean the modules sit under any potential obstructions, as the heatsinks protrude just a few millimetres above the modules’ PCBs. However, this comes at the expense of visual pizzazz, as there’s no RGB lighting anywhere on the modules, which may or may not please you, depending on whether or not you’re a fan of lighting.

There's no RGB lighting, but the modules stand just 35mm tall

These modules have timings of 40-40-40-40, as well as an effective frequency of 5200MHz for our kit, which is 400MHz higher than the maximum effective frequency supported with no overclocking on Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs. As we discuss in our DDR5 deep dive in Issue 220, DDR5 memory can have two channels per module, and CPU-Z did report that this two-module DDR5 kit was operating in quad-channel mode.

The modules certainly got a bit warmer than DDR4 kits we’ve used, but not to a worrying level, and this could easily be down to the smaller heatsinks used here, rather than because the voltage controller is now integrated on the DIMMs instead of on the motherboard. We didn’t have any access to software offered by Kingston when we did this preview, but upping the DDR voltage in the EFI of our motherboard from 1.25V to 1.3V did see us hit an effective frequency of 5400MHz with ease.

The next step up was 5600MHz, but this proved too much for the Fury modules, with several failed boots and a reset EFI facing us a few restarts later. Even upping the voltage to 1.35V didn’t help here – we might have been able to get higher, but we were reluctant to increase the voltage further until we had more information about what was safe.

The modules got a bit warmer than DDR4 kits we’ve used, but not to a worrying level

Conclusion

It remains to be seen whether DDR5 memory is going to be a must-have in the near future, but at the moment the scarcity of modules, as well as the high prices, make it unappealing compared to DDR4. These Kingston modules have started to appear on etailers such as Ebuyer, but still with no information about UK pricing or availability.

We'll be taking a proper look at DDR4 vs DDR5 in the next issue of Custom PC, but for the moment we strongly suggest waiting to see how the situation evolves before splashing out on a Z690 motherboard and memory.

However, we can say that the Kingston Fury DDR5 kit performed well and offered a small amount of overclocking headroom. Its low-profile stature will also be a boon for anyone with restricted memory clearance, and these modules will be right up your street if you’re not a fan of RGB lighting.

Verdict
Super-low profile DDR5 memory if you need a no-nonsense approach to DDR5.

FURIOUS BEAST
+Super-low profile modules
+Clean, RGB-free design
+Overclocks to 5400MHz

FURRY BEAST
-No lighting
-Timings are a little higher than other kits
-No software

SPEC
Memory standard DDR5
Effective frequency 5200MHz
Timings 40-40-40-40
Voltage 1.25V
Height (from base) 35mm
Lighting No

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