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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz DDR4 Review

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz DDR4 Conclusion:

Packed full of promise, the latest modules in the Vengeance series of Corsair's DDR4 memory lineup deliver excellent performance when tweaked to get the tightest timings. Out of the box they come with 16-18-18-36 primary timings using just 1.2v to run the modules. By tweaking the applied voltage a little bit you can get the timings much tighter at the rated speed and even when running at my max overclock of 3200MHz. At this speed I was able to run the timings at 15-15-15-28 2T using over 1.4v applied to the modules.

The modules were not 100% stable at that speed, but were good for benchmarks all day long, delivering some substantial performance gains when run with a heavily overclocked Core i7 5960X. Full stability was gained at 16-16-16-30, but could be run tighter if you want to drop the module's speed or increase the voltage a bit higher. Although for this test I stuck with 1.45v as my max voltage in the absence of more robust cooling methods.

Not as visually stunning as the Dominator series, the Vengeance series has a look all its own. The low profile Vengeance heat shield is not a new option, but is one that works well with the lower voltage requirement of DDR4 memory. There is plenty of surface area to aid cooling with the airflow through the chassis. Much like with the DDR3 Vengeance series of modules, Corsair is offering these modules in a variety of colors to match up with the latest color schemes of the X99-based motherboards currently for sale. The Red and Black modules will easily match up well with the ROG and Channel boards from ASUS and MSI, and are the predominant colors for boards right now.

While DDR4 is a new offering at this point, the usage model should improve over the next year to alleviate any bandwidth bottlenecks. In just about every scenario, DDR4 paired with an X99 board is going to deliver more peak bandwidth than a DDR3 equipped board thanks in part to the higher overall speed bins available right now.

If you are playing in the X99 pool you no doubt understand that this platform comes with a price premium for the system components that are specific to the platform. Current DDR4 modules are no exception, thanks to the higher speed bins and lower voltages that have to be manufactured. This 16GB Vengeance LPX kit currently retails for $339 on many e-tailers, and while expensive is priced quite competitively by comparison to other 2800MHz DDR4 modules. In the end Corsair's Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory modules prove to be solid performers and deliver impressive overclocking margins when and if you decide to push the modules to their limits.

 

Pros:

  • Overclocking headroom
  • Low profile heat shields
  • Low voltage requirment
  • Price
  • Color options
  • High speed

 

Cons:

  • Loose timings
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