|Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Monday, 20 June 2011|
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Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz Final Thoughts
RAM is a vital component to any computer and the Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz 9-10-9-27 (2 x 4GB) kit provides a great mixture of high speed, moderately tight timings, large size and a lifetime warranty. For programs that are computationally heavy like compression and simulation using faster RAM will make a noticeable difference for large projects involving these kinds of calculations.
The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.
Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz Conclusion
Performance is as you would expect providing a 12% bandwidth increase over 1600MHz kits, with relatively tight 9-10-9-27 timings. This translates to a 6-9% increase in real world tasks such as compression and simulation. Gamer should not expect to not see that great of a difference as at most the difference would be a couple of percentage points but usually the gains will be nonexistent.
This is a personal preference but I do not like the looks that Corsair has given the Vengeance. Like a large wing on a Honda Civic the heat spreaders don't look cool and serve no real purpose. This is because DDR3 IC's do not give off enough heat to need large heat spreaders to keep them from being damaged.
Although light the heat spreader used for the Corsair Vengeance used on the Corsair Vengeance are well made with no flexing in the fins.
Performance of RAM is based around being able to function at the manufactures specified speed without errors. In regards to this the Corsair Vengeance performs superbly providing 1866MHz speeds with 9-10-9-27 timings at 1.5v with no errors in Memtest86+. Corsair stands behind their products performance also, providing their users with a limited lifetime warranty in the event that anything does ever go wrong.
Priced for $104.99 at Newegg, G.Skill has lined up the Sniper series to fit perfectly in the market. The 1866MHz 9-10-9-28 sector of the market sits completely within +/-$10 of the Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz kit and therefore it ends up being up to the user to pick what design or company they prefer.
Overall the Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz 9-10-9-27 (2 x 4GB) memory kit is provides great performance, at a great price. All of this is backed by a lifetime warranty from Corsair make sure that users need not worry about their RAM if it dies three years down the road. Unfortunately Corsair has designed the Vengeance with a heat spreader that may limit its ability to be used with large air coolers.
+ Provides a performance boost over 1600 MHz Kits in computation and memory intensive tasks
- Tall RAM cooler may not fit under large heatsinks
Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.
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