Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 Reviewccokeman - January 16, 2011
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When you first grab this set of Vengeance memory from Corsair, you notice that they do not have the heft of modules equipped with the Dominator heat spreader. In reality, the thermal solution design is constructed completely differently than that of the Dominator design. Is this design less effective? Maybe in a really high voltage benchmarking environment but definitely not with the 1.5v to 1.65v these modules will most likely see in use as a daily driver. The higher fin array will pick up more of the airflow going to the CPU offering up excellent cooling allowing you to lean on the clock speeds a little to gain more performance by overclocking the modules along with your CPU. Now, everyone knows Corsair made a name for themselves with the overclocking prowess of their modules. This set lives up to that legacy and more with a bump of almost 25% from 1600Mhz to 1974MHz. That's 374Mhz with a bump in the TRCD and TRAS and the voltage bumped to 1.65v. Not shabby at all! But wait, you don't overclock? Blasphemy! In that case you can reduce the latencies again to improve performance without increasing clock speeds. This set would drop down to 7-8-7-24 again with just a small bump in voltage to 1.60v.
When you look at the pricing of memory modules of this capacity, you have to think that the pricing structure is going to be pretty steep. Not really! With six GB kits going for around $100 now, the $199 price is competitive with the rest of the market. The aluminum heat sinks are aggressive looking and will fit with just about any build. During testing, the heat sinks were effective at removing the heat from the high density modules allowing the great overhead I saw with these modules. The only downside to modules with large heat sinks (and this is in no way a Corsair exclusive issue) is that when trying to populate all six slots on an Intel X58 platform you will run into clearance issues when running a large tower style heat sink like the Noctua Nh-U12P I use in my test system. It's just a fact of life, two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time - Editor's note: not true, ask my wife about her shoe collection :). Again, not a Corsair problem. When it's all said and done and the dust clears, the Corsair Vengeance series modules are an excellent choice if you need 12GB of system memory for a price that won't break the bank. You get the good looks, the power savings, Corsair quality and their lifetime warranty.
- Overclocking headroom
- Timings can be tightened
- Effective Heatspreader design
- Good Looks
- Low Voltage
- Lifetime Warranty
- Need applications to take advantage of the capacity
- May cause interference with some CPU cooling solutions