Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB Review (Page 1 of 10)

Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB Review

By: Aaron Lai
July 21, 2023

Earlier this month, my girlfriend and I were at a local market when a group of teenage boys approached our booth. One thing my girlfriend always tells me is that there is nothing scarier than a group of teenage boys. As such, I was a bit interested in what they were going to say. When they approached, they spotted some merchandise that was from a video game, then asked her what rank she was. Upon hearing her response, one guy immediately spoke rudely about her rank and how they could "destroy her group [in a] 1v5 [match]". As much as I wanted to intervene, they were still potential customers, so I just waited for them to leave. However, without missing a beat, the boy then asked for her Discord to see if he could play with her. She laughed at him and rejected his request. At this point they hurried off, but I was in a state of disarray at how little charisma they showed. It was hilarious because he tried to quickly pivot in the conversation, hoping it would end positively, but he was rebuffed. I am not sure who taught them how to interact with others, but it was clear they lacked charisma, or had "negative rizz", as the kids say nowadays. Thankfully, Crucial is not a company I would associate with "negative rizz". They have been a well-known competitor in the memory market and have shown their consistency and reliability. Today, we have their Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB kit. This Pro line is new, but how does it perform? Does it stumble out of the gate like our group of teenage boys, or will we see the same commanding authority? Read on to find out!

Today's review unit of the Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB memory kit arrived from Brownsville, Texas. Although the shipping label says it came from Micron Consumer Products Group, Micron does not have any listed offices in this area. Instead, this is from Avant Technology, who partners with Micron as a supplier. According to Google Maps, in the same building are other companies, like American Ship and Snorple. Otherwise, traveling with FedEx and their Express service, this large box arrived at our offices here in Calgary, Alberta. On an aside, they did not send us a banana, but I put it here to show the size of this box. It was a bit surprising, especially as we only have a single kit of memory inside.

Continuing our journey inside, two more boxes can be found inside this large cardboard box, and one is marked with an "Empty Box" sticker. The other is where our memory kit can be found, surrounded by a lot of packing paper. Finally, buried underneath all of this is our kit of Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB. It is a bit amusing to see all this packaging material for one of the smallest and flattest review samples we have received. Otherwise, the retail container is straightforward. While the Crucial CT2K16G56C46U5 was just a plastic shell, this Pro variant comes upgraded with cardboard framing around the shell for a bit more substance.

The retail packaging is gray with some black and blue elements. Crucial's logo can be found on the top of retail packaging. On the right side you can see a "Pro Series" brand, with the large "DDR5" label down the left side. Some of the specifications can be found on the right, including the fact we have a 2x16GB kit operating at 5600MT/s. Underneath, there is labeling to indicate this works with Intel XMP 3.0 and AMD EXPO. Finally, a lifetime warranty is included, which is standard for RAM nowadays. On the backside, we have more specifications and features in other languages.

Before we continue, I have grabbed the specifications from the manufacturer's website for your perusal:

General tech specs
Technology: DDR5
Density: 32GB Kit (2x16GB)
Module type: UDIMM
DIMM type: Unbuffered
Voltage: 1.1V/(5V ext)
Module quantity: 2

Speed & timing
Speed: DDR5-5600
CAS latency: 46
Extended timings: 46-45-45

Warranty & returns
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

A screenshot of the memory tab in CPU-Z with the Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB kit installed. These modules show up in CPU-Z with the same part number as the Crucial CT2K16G56C46U5 2x16GB DDR5-5600 kit. The SPD timings table in CPU-Z reads standard JEDEC specifications programmed into the memory as well as XMP data for running the memory at various speeds. Our ASUS ProArt Z690-Creator WiFi motherboard used for testing had no issues detecting the Crucial RAM right out of the box using the latest BIOS revision. At the time of the review, the Crucial Pro DDR5-5600 2x16GB kit has an MSRP of $115, but it can be found on sale for less.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 10
7. Benchmark: 3DMark
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R23
10. Overclocking and Conclusion