Kingston Fury Beast Memory Review

I recently acquired the Kingston Fury Beast 32GB DIMM Memory Module (KF556C40BB32) for my gaming setup. My motherboard, the MSI MAG B650 TOMAHAWK, only supports DDR5 RAM. I opted for this module due to its speed, affordability, and the fact that I wanted 32GB of RAM. However, I later realized that I should have gone for a 2x16GB set instead, in order to take full advantage of my motherboard’s dual-channel capabilities. Although this module would have been a good choice for future expansion if I needed 64GB, 32GB is already more than sufficient for a typical gaming setup, making my purchase a mistake.

Despite appearing fast, the specifications (listed below) reveal the true speed of the RAM. When calculating the response time (40/5,600,000,000), the result is 7.14ns, which is not particularly impressive. I was disappointed with this result, especially when comparing it to the faster response time and lower CL of a DDR4 stick in my previous system. However, at the time of writing, the cost of the module is $125.82, which is a reasonable price for 32GB of DDR5 RAM.

I would strongly advise seeking out a dual-channel set of RAM and conducting the necessary calculations, rather than relying solely on the MHz specification. Dividing the CAS Latency by the frequency enables you to determine the RAM response time, which is a crucial factor to consider. By way of comparison, the G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 2x16GB boasts the same frequency, but with a lower CL of 36, resulting in an impressively fast 6.4ns response time. Furthermore, it is priced at a mere $119.95, making it both cheaper and faster than the Kingston Fury Beast. Consequently, I must advise against purchasing the latter RAM at this time.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.


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