Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 Cas9 Review

RJR - 2010-12-07 16:35:00 in Memory
Category: Memory
Reviewed by: RJR   
Reviewed on: December 20, 2010
Price: $129.99


The norm today in memory is 4 GB kits, but that's changing rapidly now too. With the advent of 64-bit operating systems becoming the de facto standard (which really necessitates a requirement for more and faster RAM) the memory manufacturers are making more and more kits available between the 8 - 24 GB sizes. Also, with more people editing pictures and videos on their computers today, it's nice to have the extra RAM available when needed.

Today we will take a look at the Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2X4GB) kit rated to run at DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800) with stock rated timings of 9-9-9-24 @ 1.5v. The memory incorporates a rather tall thin aluminum heat-sink to control the heat output of the modules.

Closer Look:

The memory came in an outer box with inner individual clam shell containers securing each stick of RAM. The outer box just gives you the name, picture and states a few facts about the particular RAM, like "DDR3", "8GB", pictures stating compatibility with AMD Phenom II and Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors.The back of the package just states "Includes heatsink to optimize performance and reliability, Limited Lifetime warranty, except where prohibited by law." and the model number and bar code.










Here you can see the individual clam shell packaging that holds each RAM module securely in place.


Here we see the actual RAM modules themselves. You can see the fairly high aluminum heat-sinks that are used by Corsair on these sticks. The heat-sinks are approximately 7/8" (22mm) above the PCB. The model number and RAM details are found on the back of each stick of RAM.


Let's take a look at how this memory performs.



Memory Manufacturer

Corsair Memory

Series/Model Number

Vengeance/ CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9


DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800)






Thin Aluminum Heat-sink


8GB (2X4 GB)











All information courtesy of Corsair @


Testing of the Corsair Vengeance memory will include all the standard OCC tests. We will run this memory at the rated frequency and timings specified by Corsair Memory, make sure that the XMP profile works as expected and finally, push the RAM to see what headroom is available for the overclockers out there without getting carried away with either the voltages or loosening the timings too much.


Testing Setup:

Comparison Modules:


CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings and SPD chip information.


Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file and processor usage.




Overclocked Settings:


The Corsair Vengeance memory managed an increase of it's frequency to 1980 Mhz with only a slight bump in the tRCD timing from 9 to 10 and an increase of the tRAS from 24 to 27 and also an increase of the vDimm to 1.65v. The memory ran completely stable at this elevated frequency and proved to boost the performance of this set of RAM in our testing.




The maximum memory speed for each set of modules when overclocked is a measure of how well the modules ran on these particular settings and test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. Meaning, that your mileage may vary!

The benchmarks used in this review include the following:



PCMark Vantage: With this benchmark, I will be running the system suite, as well as the memory test suite. The measurement for the system suite will be the total score. The measurement for memory performance is the total memory score.

















Higher is Better




Higher is Better




SiSoftware Sandra 2011: In this program, I will be running the following benchmarks: Cache and Memory, Memory Bandwidth and Memory Latency. Higher is better in all tests, except for Memory Latency, where lower is better.


Higher is Better




Lower is Better




Higher is Better




Higher is Better




The Corsair Vengeance RAM was about right in line with expectations given its timings and frequency.


Geekbench 2.1 provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.


















Higher is Better




Higher is Better




Higher is Better



Super Pi Mod 1.5 is a program designed to calculate Pi up to the 32nd millionth digit after the decimal and is used as both a benchmarking utility and simple stress test to check your overclock before moving forward with more rigorous testing. The world records for this benchmark utility are hotly contested.


Lower is Better



Here also, the Corsair memory compared favorably against the other 1600 RAM and even held its own versus the higher overclocked frequency sticks.


Batman Arkham Asylum is a game that pits Batman against the Joker who has taken control of Arkham Asylum along with a whole load of bad guy prisoners. His task is to rescue various hostages the Joker takes, along with trying to stop the Joker himself and fighting scores of prisoners in the interim.

















Higher is Better




Higher is Better




Higher is Better



Here we see that all the memory tested was about on-par with each other, give or take a few FPS.


The Corsair Vengeance 8GB kit performed as expected in the testing we subjected it to. It was right in line with the other 1600 Mhz kits and performed well against the comparably overclocked kits. The 8 GBs would come in handy when additional RAM is required for things like CAD, photo editing and video editing where your computer utilizes a larger chunk of available RAM. You may even notice a difference in your normal day-to-day computer operations with a larger quantity of accessible RAM due to the fact that Windows will be able to pre-load more into your RAM making even normal tasks run a little faster.

The thin aluminum heat-sinks did a good job of keeping the RAM running cool, even when overclocked. You do have to take into consideration the height of this RAM if you're running a larger air CPU cooler since the heat spreaders do extend almost an inch above the PCB on these sticks.

Overall a nice set of RAM from Corsair at a decent price.