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Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz 32GB DDR4 Introduction:
DRAM speeds and capacities are ever increasing as technology keeps marching forward. Not that long ago, we were happy with breaking the 1000MHz barrier with reasonable timings. At this point there are modules that are reaching effective speeds of over 4200MHz, without overclocking! That kind of speed is pretty significant when it comes as an XMP profile, so that all you have to do is set the easy button in the BIOS and hope that your chip has the cajones to run the numbers. Corsair's Vengeance LPX DDR4 line of modules do not come with the large by huge heat spreaders the Dominator modules come with, but are equipped with a nice, low profile all-aluminum cooling solution that gets the job done. Available in red, blue, and black, you can color match your memory modules to the motherboard and system.
Having looked at Corsair's Vengeance modules in the past, the expectations are pretty high for this kit. You can pick up a set of Corsair Vengeance modules in capacities ranging 8GB to 64GB with modest price points. Select kits come with Corsair's Vengeance Airflow active cooling solution to maximize overclocking potential when over volting the memory as an added cost option. Let's see how this 32GB DDR4 kit performs.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz 32GB DDR4 Closer Look:
Corsair's Vengeance LPX modules come one of a couple different ways. This particular kit comes with Corsair's Vengeance Airflow cooling solution, hence the larger packaging for this kit. The front view of the package includes information on the capacity and clock speed that these modules operate at, the Corsair branding and product name, as well as showing that the modules are Intel XMP certified. The back side of this package shows one of the Vengeance LPX modules with a paragraph on how Corsair uses its expertise to maximize the potential of these Vengeance LPX modules. The information is repeated in various languages so that the message can be presented world wide. At the bottom left hand side of the package are two labels. The information on these two labels are the individual serial number for each DIMM in this kit, as well as the kit part number.
Inside the package, Corsair packs the modules in individual shells to one side of the box, while the Airflow kit covers the balance of the space. Everything fits and is free from damage.
Corsair offers the Vengeance LPX modules in three different colors (red, blue, and black) to reach the widest possible market. We all want our components to match, don't we? The kit I am looking at today comes with red all-aluminum Vengeance LPX heat spreaders. By using an all-aluminum design, you get excellent thermal transfer from the memory ICs attached to the 8-layer PCB on these modules. The kit I am looking at is part number CMK32GX4M4B3200C14R. This translates to a 32GB kit of DDR4 Vengeance LPX modules running at 1.35v using an XMP 2.0 profile speed of 3200MHz, with latencies of 14-16-16-36. Corsair has a set of Vengeance LPX modules available to meet just about every need in capacities from 8GB to 64GB and speed bins from 2133MHz to 4333MHz. One side of the modules sport the Vengeance LPX logo, while the opposite side contains the information about the modules, including the serial number for the DIMM, and the XMP 2.0 setting for the voltage, speed, and latencies.
The Vengeance aluminum LPX heat spreader uses a ribbed design that provides a larger footprint or increase in total surface area that can be used to shed any heat from the memory ICs with a given amount of airflow. The total cooling package only sits at 31mm tall. By using an aluminum low profile cooling solution, the Vengeance LPX modules work well with larger CPU cooling solutions where space is at a premium. This low profile design has proven its worth, so why mess with success?
Maximizing overclocking potential to gain additional performance is why we purchase high performance DRAM in the first place. Running the modules with higher than spec voltages and speeds generates additional heat that the modules need to shed to keep from creating system errors. Corsair's solution to this problem is a combination of excellent cooling packages that, at this time, include one of its Vengeance Airflow cooling units. These cooling solutions mount on the DIMM sockets/retaining arms to deliver airflow to the DRAM package. As you can see, the Vengeance Airflow kit comes with three colored accent covers that let you match the cooler to your Vengeance LPX modules and system. This system looked slick on the ASUS Strix X99 motherboard used in my testing.
A 60mm ball bearing style fan is used to push up to 14.5 CFM of airflow over the modules. The single 60mm ball bearing fan runs at up to 3500RPM, but comes with a speed control cable to lower that speed without the need to manage fan speed through the motherboard BIOS. An asymmetrical mounting mechanism is used to ensure compatibility across platforms and motherboard manufacturers.
Corsair puts a lot of effort into the marketing of its products. Below is a promotional video from Corsair that hits on a few of the key highlights of the Vengeance LPX modules. Take a look before we move on to the testing of these Vengeance LPX modules.