Newer laptops are hitting the market and along with that, we got to see the next-generation hardware take complete advantage of things not just today and tomorrow. PCIe Gen4 SSDs are dead fast and DDR5 RAMs are crazy impressive. But laptop RAMs in general – are something that we or most of us don’t talk about. What initially was supposed to be a Kingston KCP DDR5 RAM Review, we thought of doing things a little differently – talk a little bit about the DDR4 vs DDR5, choosing the right DDR5 RAM for your laptop, and then dive into Kingston KCP DDR5 RAM.
Kingston KCP DDR5 RAM
A little bit of DDR5 RAM
It amazes all of us, including myself that DDR4 is a decade old – since JEDEC released the final spec of DDR4 and back then the difference with its predecessor, DDR3 was pretty simple: higher range of clock frequencies, data transfer range and lower voltage. These were absolute game-changers in the market. Since then DDR4 has reigned the territory with its unbelievable performances, enthusiasts’ overclocking and so much more.
DDR5 made its official debut along with Intel 12th Generation Processor and AMD Ryzen 6000 Series, which was once again taken by storm. While most users will be paying top dollar for it, simply due to the fact that it’s still new to the market and isn’t saturated – which happens to any completely new hardware for a fact, DDR5 is going through that. But that aside, how far did DDR5 leap from DDR4?
Right off the bat, yes, the DDR5 follows the same concept of improvement – a higher range of clock frequencies, and data transfer range and consumes even less power. But in addition to all that, it now supports higher-capacity DIMM modules. The starting point or the base point of DDR5 is staggering – that DDR4 really doesn’t stand a chance. Here’s a Table explaining why.
Latency and compatibility are something that will change as every year goes by – that’s the beauty of innovation. In fact, the CAS Latency for DDR5 has been broken by another brand at CL28, overclocked of course. Only goes to show, that it’s only a matter of time before we get to see lower-latency DDR5 RAM kits.
You can read more about this here.
How to Choose the Right DDR5 RAM kit?
Choosing the right DDR5 RAM can be a bit of a challenge – especially you have to match and see if it works with your system. PCs are relatively straightforward but laptops on the other hand are the biggest headache-causing systems for a good reason. Many manufacturers cap the maximum RAM capacity for the laptop, due to the lack of headroom to upgrade other components. So, check before you purchase if your laptop supports it.
That said, Kingston has made life easier to pick the right RAM that works best with your laptop. You can head over to their Memory Finder site, by clicking here. At the bottom, you have “Search by System/Device” and type the laptop you are using. In our case, we used the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE for this review. Once you click the laptop you have been searching for, Kingston has made everyone’s life easier by giving all the required information and what’s the maximum RAM your laptop can support.
Scroll all the way down, and you will see a bunch of recommended RAM kits for you to choose from. Kingston KCP DDR5 RAM is System Specific Memory – basically, they are specifically designed, manufactured, tested, and guaranteed to work in your specific system. So, it’s as easy as plug and play so to speak. Now, let’s jump into our review of the KCP DDR5 RAM kit.
Kingston KCP DDR5 RAM Review
In terms of specification, the Kingston KCP DDR5 RAM kit we received is as follows:
Our benchmark revolving around this SODIMM kit for the laptop is relatively simple. No overclocking is involved and we did some simple tests to show how it performs. The laptop we used for this is the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE which we reviewed here – and the laptop does come with a 16GBx2 DDR5 4800MHz RAM kit by Samsung baked right into it.
For this test, we used PerformanceTest 10.2 Evaluation Version to get the Memory Mark and other numbers that give an idea of how it does. Of course, in comparison to other DDR4, DDR3, and even the Samsung RAM kit it comes pre-installed.
While the scores are marginally different, the performance of the DDR5 holds up well in many scenarios. Honestly, you can’t tell much as many users wouldn’t notice it but it is definitely there. Multitasking and handling as simple as multiple tabs on Chrome, which is a test we should have done but didn’t – you can see DDR5 putting up a good show. It’s not too far from perfect, but it will get better time after time.
If you are looking for the right RAM kit, specifically tailored to your laptop and you know it’s guaranteed to work – then Kingston KCP DDR5 Kits or even single SODIMM are a good choice. Still confused and not sure which one to go for, once again, just head over to Kingston’s website above and we know for a fact, that you are in good hands.
Special thanks to our friends, Low at Tech-Critter and Vyn Chan for helping with the Latency part of the Table.