As many of you know, this humble reviewer works as a system builder as a side hustle. In course of such hustling, I got the chance to experience the Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 for one of my assignments. While I wasn’t allowed to play with it much; I learned enough to give a glimpse of what’s in the store. I got chance to play with both the RGB and Non RGB version so I will cover both in this writeup.
But first, a few words about DDR5:
DDR5 stands for Double Data Rate 5 Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access Memory, and it is the fifth generation of DDR memory that was released in 2020. DDR5 offers several advantages over its predecessor, DDR4, such as:
- Higher bandwidth: DDR5 can reach up to 8000 MT/s, which means 64 GB/s of data transfer per module. That’s twice as fast as DDR4, which tops at 4000 MT/s and 32 GB/s.
- Lower power consumption: DDR5 operates at 1.1V, compared to 1.2V for DDR4. This reduces the energy usage and heat generation of the memory modules.
- Larger capacity: DDR5 supports up to 512 GB per module, while DDR4 only supports up to 64 GB. This means you can have more memory in your system without sacrificing performance or efficiency.
- Improved reliability: DDR5 features a new power architecture that moves the voltage regulation from the motherboard to the module itself. This improves the power distribution and stability of the memory modules.
DDR5 is compatible with Intel’s 12th Generation Core processors and AMD’s future Zen 4 processors. If you want to upgrade your PC with DDR5 memory, you will need a new motherboard that supports it. DDR5 is expected to become more widely available and affordable in the next few years.
Now, back to the product: Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5
Right off the bat, the kit has a stunning design that catches the eye. We got the white/silver version, but you can also choose black if you prefer. The aluminum heat spreader has a brushed finish that makes it look and feel high-quality. The best part is the dynamic LED light bar on top of the heat spreader, which can display a lot of RGB lighting effects. The RGB version is a bit taller than the non RGB one (about 5MM).
The Fury lineup is the Flagship Lineup from Kingston. Both the Non RGB and RGB version comes in capacities of up to 96GB running at speeds ranging from 6000 MT/s to 8000 MT/s. All in all, Kingston has covered both ends of the spectrum with SKU’s.
We had the 6400MT/s 32GB Kit in our hands. Performance wise the kit ran perfectly; the numbers were well within the specs of the kit. AIDA Read clocked in about 98000 MB/s while Sisoft Sandra Aggregate score was over 2.6 KPT. I wasn’t allowed to play more as time was in short supply. Overall, I was very impressed with both the Kits. Kingston was laways my fiorst preference while building any system and with the Renegade, the trend is more likely to continue.
Overall, in my opinion, the RENEGADE DDR5 should be the first preference if you are looking to build a DDR5 system. Gets a thumbs up from me!