February 29, 2024

Kingston recently marked its 35th anniversary with the unveiling of a special commemorative edition product. Just as they annually release Lunar New Year specials, Kingston has a tradition of honoring milestones with unique products. While not strictly limited editions, these offerings typically remain exclusive to that specific year.

In honor of their 35th anniversary, Kingston has introduced the FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition. It’s crucial to emphasize that these items are commemorative, and Kingston appears to target a broader audience by tailoring capacities and speeds to suit a wider market. This strategy might not cater to extreme enthusiasts. However, the new Kingston FURY Beast RGB DDR4 Special Edition memory kit aims to appeal to everyone. Let’s delve into its performance in this review. Keep reading to find out more!

The Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition boasts a redesigned heat spreader with an asymmetrical shape, featuring a curved RGB lightbar that elegantly curves upwards on one side. Unlike Kingston’s earlier HyperX 10th Anniversary Memory, characterized by a prominent ‘X’ on the heat spreader, the FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition leans more towards a refined white edition rather than an explicitly event-based release. While this deviation doesn’t imply any negative connotations, it prompts one to ponder: what inspired the decision to categorize it as an anniversary or special edition?

Benchmarks

Benchmarking the Kit was a mixed bag of experience. The kit booted up perfectly with the XMP settings on our system, we couldn’t tinker with the timings at all. Nevertheeless, we managed to run a small suite of usual benchmarks and it made us quite happy. The kit we were provided with was a 16GB 3200Mhz kit, which is like the standard kit for gaming systems (as per Steam hardware Survey).

We ran the usual suit of 7Zip coupled with the OG memory benchmark: AIDA Memory Suite. In 7Zip we got a score of 63000 MIPS which is in line with scores of other competing kits. In Aida also the score was pretty much in line with the competition. Overall, this is a standard kit with acceptable performances, but it won’t break any overclocking records any soon.

Final Thoughts

In 2023, some may prematurely dismiss DDR4 as an outdated technology, questioning Kingston’s decision to allocate their 35th-anniversary release to what appears to be a mainstream speed class. However, I respectfully disagree. Presently, RAM speeds ranging from DDR4-3200 to DDR4-3600 constitute the most prevalent choice among users. Many users, recovering from the 2020 downturn, are now transitioning to new CPUs, such as the Ryzen 5000 series or Intel’s forthcoming platform, expected to remain active for another year. Kingston’s focus on these speeds indicates a thoughtful consideration for the mainstream market’s prevalent requirements.

While I don’t fault Kingston for the absence of black heatspreader options, I do find fault with the absence of enthusiast speed alternatives in this kit. Offering a DDR4-4000 option could have compensated for the absence of DDR5 alternatives, albeit restricting usage to Intel platforms. Nevertheless, Kingston’s decision caters well to both AMD and Intel systems, resulting in wider adoption is a better choice in business terms.

At the end of the day, this is another memory kit with white heat spreaders. It’s a good buy if you want a good looking and decently performing kit; but if you are looking for overclocking performance, you should look elsewhere. The Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition stands as a commendable kit, showcasing tastefully executed RGB elements alongside a more refined heat spreader than its counterpart. My only gripe with Kingston is they should have brought out another version with Binned IC’s and steller clocking performance. That would have been a fitter tribute to Kingston’s lineage. Do I like it? Yes, do I Love it? NO.

However, my typical cribbing aside, there’s not much to fault in the kit. A silver from us at TechARX.