The launch of the Intel 12th generation microprocessors comes with the accompanied introduction of the DDR5 memory in the market. This new memory interface standard aims to improve power consumption, while doubling the bandwidth compared to the outgoing generation. Like the ones before it, DDR5 is not your typical interface update just to keep the numbers going.

Now what we actually have here is of course no other than the Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 in a dual channel 32GB configuration. Apart from that mouthful, it features a 5200MHz frequency and a CL40 CAS latency. For reference, our review unit comes with the KF552C40BBK2-32 part number. KF stands for Kingston FURY, 552 stands for DDR5 5200, C40 is CL40 CAS latency, BBK2 is most likely Black in kit of 2 and 32 is the memory capacity. CMIIW.

Disclosure: Kingston sent this as a review sample for the purpose of this review. The company did not ask me to say anything particular about it.

Technical Specifications

Memory
SDRAM Interface DDR5
Capacity 32GB (2x 16GB)
Frequency 5200MT/s
Timings CL40-40-40
Voltage 1.25V
Format ODECC
Dimensions
Length 133.35mm
Width 6.62mm
Height 34.9mm
Weight 172g

Packaging and Accessories

The FURY Beast comes in a simple blister pack.

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The product comes with the following items inside:

  • 2x Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-5200 16GB
  • Warranty guide
  • FURY case badge

Design, Layout and Connectivity

The FURY Beast DDR5-5200 is a much simpler looking DRAM over its predecessors – despite the many edges and perforations it comes with. At a glance, it’s no different compared to the outgoing DDR4 models but considering that DDR5 modules comes with their own 12V power management ICs, I’ll take this as a design advantage over the previous generation.

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Height is pretty standard at around 35mm even with the added arch for the stamped metal heatsinks to attach to each other. Width is about 6.6mm which is most likely due to the sheet metal used. With decent compatibility in mind when it comes to tower coolers, I still suggest checking out the specification sheet for clearance.

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Each FURY Beast DDR5-5200 stick features a single rank module. Kingston, like the proverbial manufacturers that they are, of course made their own chips for this one. Sticks defaults to the JEDEC standard DDR5-4800 with timing of 40-39-39 at 1.1V.

Test Setup and Methodology

Our test setup relies on the measurements taken from industry standard benchmark tools and real-world applications. It is important to note that we are testing the review sample after burn-in, with at least 24-hours of uptime. This is done so to negate the FOTB (fresh out the box) state of the DUT (device under test), yielding better benchmarking consistency.

Test System Specifications
CPU Intel Core-i9 12900K
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming Wi-Fi
Cooler ASUS ROG Strix LC II 360
Memory Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 5200MHz 32GB
GPU GALAX RTX 2060 EX White 6GB
Storage Kingston FURY Renegade 2TB
Case Mechanical Library JXK-K3
PSU Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650W
Display LG UF680T
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

The DUT is tested with the following configuration from our test system:

  • UEFI configuration: Default
  • Windows Power Plan: Balanced

Note: We’ve tested the Kignston FURY Beast DDR5-5200 at its rated JEDEC specification (4800) and XMP 3.0 profile #1 (5200). XMP 3.0 profile #2 is supposed to be a tighter JEDEC frequency based profile but I cannot get it working properly on this particular test system. Additionally, we do not have comparisons yet since this is the first DDR5 module we got.

Throughput and Latency

Memory throughput is measured in Megabytes per Second (MB/s). This is done via AIDA64 Extreme and its Cache and Memory Benchmark. The test aims to check the combined read and write performance of the memory.

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Memory latency is measured in Nanoseconds (ns). This is done via AIDA64 Extreme and its Cache and Memory Benchmark.

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Throughput is excellent and so does the latency. JEDEC profile is definitely slower here on the synthetics.

Arithmetic

Pi calculation speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via SuperPI. The test aims to check how fast a system calculates Pi.

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Roots calculation speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via WPrime. The test aims to check how fast a system calculates square roots.

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DDR5-5200 is actually slower here at the arithmetic compared to the DDR5-4800 profile – at least on the single-threaded SuperPI benchmark.

3D Rendering

Cinema 4D score is measured in Points (pts). This is done via Cinebench R20. The test aims to check the Cinema 4D performance of the system.

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V-Ray 5 score is measured in V-Ray samples (vsamples). This is done via V-Ray 5 Benchmark. The test aims to check the V-Ray 5 performance of the system.

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Rendering scores are too close to each other to tell any clear winner. Technically though, it goes to the DDR5-5200.

Digital Content Creation

Image editing speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via RealBench and its built-in GIMP benchmark.

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Video encoding speed is measured in Seconds (s).This is done via RealBench and its built-in HandBrake benchmark.

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Same story could be said at the content creation benchmarks.

Web Browsing

Web browsing speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via PCMark 10 and its built-in Chromium benchmark.

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Web browsing speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via PCMark 10 and its built-in Firefox benchmark.

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The web browsing benchmark results are also neck to neck.

Office Productivity

Productivity speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via PCMark 10 and its built-in LibreOffice Writer benchmark. The test aims to check the speed of loading documents.

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Productivity speed is measured in Seconds (s). This is done via PCMark 10 and its built-in LibreOffice Calc benchmark. The test aims to check the speed of copying data and compute.

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Pretty much within the margin of error here.

Compression

Compression speed is measured in Kilobytes per Second (KB/s). This is done via WinRAR and its built-in benchmark.

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Instruction speed is measured in Giga-Instructions per Second (GIPS). This is done via 7-Zip and its built-in benchmark.

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Compression benchmark suggests that DDR5-5200 is the way to go – as it should be.

Gaming

Frame rate is measured in Frames per Second (FPS). This is done via Final Fantasy XVI: Endwalker and its official benchmark. The test aims to check the 1% low FPS performance.

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Frame rate is measured in Frames per Second (FPS). This is done via Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and its built-in benchmark. The test aims to check the 1% low FPS performance.

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Gaming also saw a boost at Civilization VI – as far as the 1% percentile FPS benchmark is concerned. I would really love to use another CPU and memory benchmark here (Total War: Three Kingdoms) but the 12th generation Intel processors are having a fit with the game’s DRM.

Software, Lighting and Special Features

The Kingston FURY Beast doesn’t come with RGB lighting and other gimmicks. It comes with two XMP 3.0 profiles though on top of the JEDEC specified speed.

Final Thoughts

The FURY Beast is our first DDR5 memory kit. It comes with a throughput of 5200 MT/s at 32GB of capacity which is a combination that is more than enough for the tasks tested. This is a fast and high capacity kit with no major nitpicks aside from the price (actually decent) and availability. Once the global suppliers sorted this out, then everything will definitely fall into a much better place.

Now since we have no comparisons yet, I’ve eye-balled the performance difference compared to my AMD Ryzen based DDR4 test platform and this absolutely ate it for breakfast. I’ve expected it to happen though (Ryzen 5 3600 vs i9-12900K) so my impression could change once I’ve tested DDR4 vs DDR5 with the same CPU – in the near future.

For now, this particular kit gets my absolute approval.

TechPorn Awards 2018 (2)

Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-5200 Memory Kit
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Build Quality - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Connectivity - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Ergonomics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Features - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

The Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-5200 is a fast memory kit with tons of capacity in a stick of two.

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