After testing this memory I would say this is a kit you’ll pickup if you are looking for a sort of no frills DDR5 kit. While you have a pretty sleek heatspreader you have no RGB lighting here and at least in our testing there really is not going to be much overclocking headroom. And for many people that is just fine. A lot of people want nothing to do with RGB and it is nice to see an attractive kit that does not have RGB lighting.
I was a bit surprised that we weren’t able to get any sort of stable overclock over the XMP profile of this memory. Typically we can push a little bit, especially if we up the voltage, but even doing that our system was not stable trying to boot this memory at 5400 MHz. Even setting the timings at auto we would get blue screens when in Windows. It was pretty disappointing, and as I mentioned this is likely due to Lexar using Micron ICs instead of the SK hynix ICs we’ve seen on other DDR5 kits.
With its stock speed and timings the performance of this memory was very good. At the end of the day I think it comes down to price. Right now the kit we reviewed today is selling at our favorite online retailer for $369.99, which I think is a bit high. You can pickup a 5600 MHz Corsair Vengeance kit for $274.99 and multiple DDR5 RGB kits are priced lower. I really think that Lexar needs to be a bit more aggressive on the pricing here. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lexar ARES DDR5-5200 32GB Memory Kit a 7 out of 10 score.
– Great performance
– Sleek design
– No RGB
– No real overclocking headroom
– Only available in 4800 and 5200 MHz speeds