Kingston FURY Beast
May 1, 2023
A while ago, I reviewed the powerful yet budget-friendly Kingston FURY Beast RAM in its DDR4 iteration. The kit offered high performance comparable to other powerful memory chips. Now, Kingston has offered Wccftech the opportunity to review the DDR5 version of the Beast which is a far more powerful version of the same kit with its ability to work with Intel XMP. Not only that, but it’s also compatible with AMD EXPO.
The Kingston FURY Beast kit that we received is a 4x32GB module kit, allowing for a quad-channel setup that runs at 5,600 MHz. While this is basically the peak of the setup, it’s also worth noting that there are options for up to 32GB (2x16GB) at 6000 MT/s or 64 GB (4x16GB) at the same speed. As such, you have a variety of options to work with depending on your setup and budget.
Of course, this also means that the rig needs to have a bit of an update since we’re not dealing with a DDR4 set. The rig that we’ll be using for the review of the Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RAM will be a very power-heavy unit with an RTX 40 Series GPU behind it. It also will feature the ASRock Z790 Sonic-themed motherboard. This rig was used recently to review Sonic Superstars and The Invincible.
You can read the specifications of this particular rig below.
- Motherboard: ASRock Z790 PG SONIC
- CPU: Intel Core i7 13700KF
- GPU: PNY RTX 4070
- Memory: Kingston FURY Beast 128GB (4x32GB)
Before we start talking about the benchmarks, let’s start by talking about the out-of-the-box stuff. The Kingston FURY Beast unit we received offers a lot of great additions for what is essentially a high-profile memory stick. For one, it has a low-profile heat spreader that allows for overclocking with a slight margin of error.
Additionally, the RAM supports RGB lighting for the people who care about that sort of thing. Instead of the Frankenstein-looking configuration I had in the previous review, we can now see a more uniform rainbow set that can be manually controlled through the ASRock Polychrome RGB program.
This particular utility is designed to create extraordinary personalized lighting for every user. Additionally, it’s compatible with the Razer Chroma effect, allowing for a full-blown immersive gaming experience. With this program, you can customize your RAM’s color settings alongside the components that support it, including graphics cards, KBM combos, headsets, and other accessories.
If you want a more manufacturer-friendly program that works with this specific RAM set, I suggest using Kingston’s FURY CTRL utility. This program that’s currently available on the Windows Store is really good for adjusting the RGB on your RAM sticks to how you like. You can even alter the colors for each stick individually.
Now, onto the benchmarks. This time, we’re going to skip the pleasantries and assume everyone knows what an XMP Profile is. Using the XMP configuration that comes with the Z790 SONIC Motherboard (which is extremely easy to set up thanks to the UEFI BIOS’s ease of access, mind you!), we can now start checking out the results offered by this kit.
Surprisingly, the Beast has managed to outpace some of the DDR5 kits that we have compared to in the past. Take, for example, Crucial’s Micron 32 GB DDR5-5600 CL46 & DDR5-5200 CL42 units that we reviewed, which tested roughly lower numbers during our AIDA 64 benchmark.
The difference between the DDR4 and DDR5 versions of the Beast is pretty much night and day, too. Of course, it almost goes without saying, considering the upgrade, but it still is a rather surprising development when put into perspective as it’s nearly double the performance offered by the DDR4 set.
Moving onto the game benchmarks, let’s start with the Civilization VI tests. This time, we’ll include the base game’s AI Benchmark for more accurate results. This benchmark runs the game’s DirectX 12 version at 1440p with a 144FPS cap.
I wanted to use another game other than Civilization VI to test the performance of the Kingston FURY Beast RAM. While CS:GO is no longer available, I opted to use one of the more recent examples that does have a more extensive option for benchmarking. As I mentioned in my review of the game, The Riftbreaker is more of an RTS with base-building elements. As such, there are always several components, structures, and characters moving around and performing several functions.
THE RIFTBREAKER CPU BENCHMARK
THE RIFTBREAKER GPU BENCHMARK
Moving onto what’s considered one of the best benchmarking games in the space, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This game pretty much exists as a benchmarking tool nowadays for the sake of seeing how far your PC’s graphics can work. Here are the results brought by the game’s benchmark.
No disclaimer this time, every single one of the benchmarks used each of the Kingston FURY Beast RAM to their utmost. I was astonished at the performance gains compared to the previous build. However, it certainly also helps that the system has the power of a very powerful graphics card on standby as well.
In short words, the Kingston FURY Beast RAM is a very wonderful addition to your system that can be easily recommended to both casual and power users alike. While it certainly doesn’t stack up to the much more powerful options that DDR5 offers, it certainly has enough power to offer a boost in performance for users who are looking for a boost in their gameplay sessions.
Fortunately, this RAM is also very budget-friendly in all of its iterations. As such, users looking for a boost in power at a cheaper price will be delighted to add this to their shopping carts. However, when it comes to more powerful options, I definitely will start suggesting other more beefy spec’d RAM sticks that we have reviewed previously.
Overall, I am satisfied with this Beast. Offering nearly double the performance of the DDR4 iteration is already enough of an amazing selling point. Almost everything else like the heat sink and the plug-n-play-friendly capability are neat bonuses that allow for more casual users to get in the world of power building. It truly feels like a beast has been unleashed for the world to see.
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The Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RAM offers a lot of great options for entry-level power users. While there are a few better options in the same realm, the power offered by this can let gamers start getting into the world of power PC building with nearly no issue. There are a lot of great things that can be said about the Beast but its performance to price is its biggest standout feature.
- Nearly double the performance of its DDR4 counterpart
- Plug-and-Play with XMP 3.0 and AMD EXPO Support
- Strong performance compared to other DDR5 chips with the same frequency
- Great and customizable RGB Lighting
- Good entry point for power users
- Higher configuration sets can be a bit pricey
- It’s outpaced by higher-end DDR5 chips