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



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:

  • CPU: Intel core i7 860 (stock 2.80 / OC 2.80)
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte P55UD4P
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 CL9
  • Video Card: Gigabyte HD 5870
  • Power Supply: Corsair HX750W
  • HDD: WD VelociRaptor 150
  • Optical Drive: Samsung DVD-R
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Pro 64-bit

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:

  • Processor: Intel core i7 860 at 165 X 17 = 2.80 Ghz
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 at  1980 MHz  9-10-9-27


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:


  • CPU-Z Version 1.55
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Geekbench 2.1
  • Super Pi 1.5
  • SiSoft Sandra 2011
  • Batman Arkham Asylum

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing PCMark Vantage & Sisoft 2011
  5. Testing: Geekbench 2.1, Super PI 1.5
  6. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  7. Conclusion
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