2021 marked the introduction of the first DDR5 RAM modules, and one of the first companies to release such blades were Kingston, the market leader.
Of course, DDR5 memory is still expensive and only the latest 12th generation Intel processors support it. But this situation is quite characteristic of all modern technologies, and this does not mean that they need to be disposed of. In addition, DDR5 promises a noticeable increase in performance and better power efficiency compared to DDR4 memory.
And to see if that promise is true, we tested the latest Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RAM.
What are the features of DDR5?
The DDR5 clock frequency starts at 4800 MHz, but the assortment of the same Kingston already has faster DDR5-5200 RAM sticks. With all this, in such a basic model, the memory consumes only 1.1 V versus the standard 1.2 V for DDR4, which can be called quite a significant reserve for a future increase in the speed of RAM.
But most importantly, internal changes to the DDR5 standard. The new memory uses two 32-bit addressable channels with twice the packet length per channel, essentially turning a set of two sticks into a 4-channel RAM.
All this led to the fact that even with a decrease in the frequency of DDR5 to the level of DDR4, the bandwidth of the new memory is still 36% higher than that of its predecessor. And when running DDR5 at standard 4800 MHz, its advantage increases to 87%.
Significant improvements to DDR5 have made this RAM incompatible with older DDR4 and DDR3. Therefore, in order to avoid any unpleasant excesses, DDR5 strips use other keys that do not allow installing RAM on incompatible motherboards. This is especially true due to the fact that LGA1700 socket motherboards that are incompatible with the DDR5 standard have already appeared on the market, and in the future, their number will probably only increase.
Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 memory review
We have at our disposal the youngest of the FURY Beast DDR5 RAM sets released by Kingston with the designation KF548C38BBK2-32. It consists of two strips of RAM, 16 GB each, running at a clock frequency of 4800 MHz.
In addition to it, Kingston offers a faster set of FURY Beast DDR5-5200 RAM with the KF552C40BBK2-32 index and separate DDR5-4800 and DDR5-5200 brackets. And Kingston plans to release DDR5-6000 RAM modules. At least according to the official website of the company.
For example, the following sets and characteristics of the company’s RAM are listed on the Kingston website:
|Capacity Options||Individual modules 16 GB|
|Sets of 2 modules||32 GB|
|Frequency||4800 MHz, 5200 MHz, 5600 MHz, 6000 MHz|
|Voltage||1.1V, 1.25V, 1.35V|
|Working temperature||0 to 85 °C|
|Dimensions||133.35 x 34.9 x 6.62 mm|
Design and construction
The Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 memory kit comes in a transparent blister with a sticker around it. In addition to the usual red FURY logo, the main memory characteristics are applied to it: the volume of the entire set and individual sticks, clock frequency, timings, and operating voltage. In general, everything is standard here.
The design of the modules themselves is not too different from other representatives of the FURY line. They use black textolite with a black radiator. True, there are still some differences. First of all, this, of course, is the inscription DDR5, which gives out the new generation memory in the product. A special charm to the design of the modules is given by the embossed FURY logo on their outer side.
The reverse side of the modules does not look so elegant. A sticker with the name of the memory and its operating voltage is applied to the completely black surface of the heatsink. In the case of our test sample, it is limited to the standard 1.1 V. There is also the traditional warning that removing the sticker will void the warranty.
Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 is devoid of any backlight, and, in our opinion, it would not look the best here. The memory itself looks just fine, fitting perfectly into the overall design of the system.
But what is especially nice is the dimensions of the memory modules – 133.35 x 34.9 x 6.62 mm. Their small height allows the use of RAM even in ultra-compact assemblies.
The Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 was tested in an open bench on the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12600K processor with six performance and four power-efficient cores. It supports 16 threads and is equipped with integrated graphics UHD Graphics 770. But for us, the most important features of this CPU turned out to be support for PCIe 4.0 and DDR5 RAM. For cooling the processor, a powerful two-section premium tower cooler DEEPCOOL AK620 is used. With two 120 mm fluid dynamic bearing fans, 6 mm heat pipes, two massive plates, and a nickel-plated copper base.
The Gigabyte Z690 AORUS PRO gaming motherboard, specially designed for 12th generation Intel processors and DDR5 memory, completed the picture. It offers a reinforced 19-phase power subsystem with tantalum-polymer capacitors and a powerful cooling system based on Fins Array III radiators, which completely covers the power transistor zone. This motherboard uses shielded wiring and SMD soldering, providing great DDR5 overclocking capabilities.
The complete test bench configuration looks like this:
- Processor: Intel Core i5-12600K
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 AORUS PRO
- RAM: Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800
- Cooling system: DeepCool AK620
- System storage: Kingston KC3000, 512 GB
- Power supply: Super Flower SF-850F14MT
The Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 modules we tested run at stock 4800MHz and offer CL38 latency. If you are interested in specific timings, then they look like this: 38-38-38-70 (CL-tRCD-TRP-tRAS). In this mode, the RAM managed to show read and write speeds of 70,580 and 69,893 MB/s, copy speed of 66,920 MB/s, and latency of 85.1 ns.
If we compare the Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 with the FURY Renegade 32GB DDR4-3600 memory that we recently received, we can see an almost 2x increase in memory performance but noticeably increased latency. The situation for the new type of memory is quite predictable, and most experts are sure that soon DDR5 will no longer be so far behind DDR4 in terms of latency.
|Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800||Kingston FURY Renegade 32GB DDR4-3600|
|Reading, MB/s||70 580||29 162|
|Write, MB/s||69 893||33 568|
|Copying, MB / s||66 920||34 458|
Unfortunately, we managed to overclock the Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 only up to 5000 MHz, but this is almost certainly not the fault of the memory itself, but rather raw software. Be that as it may, with such overclocking, it would be foolish to expect any serious performance increase. This did not happen.
|Memory frequency||4800 MHz||5000 MHz|
|Reading, MB/s||70 580||73 009|
|Write, MB/s||69 893||71 155|
|Copying, MB / s||66 920||68 547|
Of course, the Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-4800 is only in the first wave of DDR5 RAM modules. And, like all new technologies, the memory is not without its drawbacks, the main of which was the high latency, the quite considerable price of 30,000 rubles, and its almost complete absence on store shelves. And when was it different, if it was about some new products?
nevertheless, the future belongs to DDR5, and it would be foolish to deny it. After solving all the problems with latency and increasing the memory clock speed, it will not leave a chance for DDR4. Just as DDR4 itself did not leave it in relation to DDR3 memory.