|Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Sunday, 19 June 2011|
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Closer Look: Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz
Unlike cases, the aesthetics of RAM will not be something that a user will need to deal with on a daily basis. This means a user can pick the ugliest piece set of ram they can find and as long as it has the same timing, and speed will perform just as well as a tricked out set of RAM. None-the-less enthusiast with Plexiglas windows on their case may want RAM that goes along with the color scheme being used in their system.
Surprisingly, Corsair has forgone using a blister pack and instead has used a cardboard box that contains each stick of memory in its own separate blister pack. On the flipside Corsair has all of the pertinent information users might need including information about this kit, how to contact Corsair, and models numbers for the memory kit.
Like many of their memory lines Corsair's Vengeance is a very stylized kit of memory using aluminum heat spreaders to help dissipate the heat that these high speed IC's create. Realistically DDR3 will never give off enough heat to need these spreaders so their appearance will be a matter of personal preference.
Corsair users a typical glossy black finish on the Vengeance coolers. At the same time Corsair has added a stylized Vengeance logo to the front of each of the memory stick.
Corsair has made easily decipherable part number. The CM stands for Corsair Memory, the following Z is the designation for the Vengeance line, the 8G is because this is a 8 GB kit, X3 designates this as a DDR3 kit, while the M2 defines that this is dual channel, the A1 is a revision number, followed by the speed at 1866MHz and lastly the CAS rating which is 9.
At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.