With the HyperX branding no longer under the Kingston umbrella, the memory maker made the decision to promote and upgrade its mid-range Fury lineup and have it be the face of everything, from entry-level to the enthusiast-grade stuff. Sitting high and pretty at the top is, naturally, Kingston’s new Renegade line.
In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the brand’s high-performance Renegade memory kits and more specifically, the ones with RGB LEDs built into their spines.
What Is It?
Kingston’s Fury Renegade DDR4 RGB RAM lineup is basically the memory maker’s top-of-the-line series for desktop memory and like all memory modules, it is available in a variety of kits, capacities, and speeds, with the highest frequency set at 4600MHz. For that matter, memory capacities can go as high as 256GB, albeit limited to 3200MHz and in kits of eight. The kit I have in my hands is 16GB and rated for 4600MHz, but is limited to two sticks per kit. Of course, the Fury Renegade line comes in a non-RGB flavour as well and if you’re going with that, those kits can go as fast as 5333MHz.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the name change, the Fury Renegade DDR4 memory kits perform just as well as before and the DDR4-4600MHz memory kit is fast and shows no compromise in its performance. On the subject of the higher 4600MHz frequency, this also means that the memory kit has lower CL timings of 19-26-26, but a slightly higher voltage tolerance of 1.5V.
The higher voltage tolerance, coupled with the memory modules’ new heatsink design, also means that there is a healthy amount for headroom for overclocking if you ever feel so inclined to try and squeeze out more numbers from them.
The Bad Stuff. Tell Me.
If you’re coming up to 4600MHz from 3200MHz or 3600MHz even, the performance gains are, sadly, negligible. Having tested the Renegade Fury memory modules on both the Intel Z590 and AMD X570 platforms, the difference between the 4600MHz modules and 3600MHz modules were only between six and seven frames, at best.
Let me be clear: I’m not saying that you shouldn’t get yourself a set of these 4600MHz Renegade RGB memory modules, but considering that there aren’t many triple-A titles out there that can or will benefit from the higher clockspeeds.
Ultimately, it is the integrated GPU of a processor that will clearly benefit from the higher-than-average frequency, but let’s be frank: if you’re already spending your money on ultra-high frequency RAM like this, it is unlikely that you’re going to just be building a rig without a dedicated graphics card.
Should I Buy It?
At the time of writing, Kingston still hasn’t provided us with an official price tag for its Fury Renegade RGB DDR4-4600MHz memory kit. And let’s be honest, owning a kit with this kind of frequency is bound to cost upwards of RM1000.
However, and as I said, unless you’re goal is to achieve bragging rights for the most decked-out PC and money is simply not an issue, by all means. Otherwise, I would recommend that you consider looking at the options within the Fury Renegade RGB lineup.