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Oct
29
2011

Review Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1866 PC15000 CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 Saturday, 29 October 2011

Introduction:

Corsair is well known name mainly for memory modules. Vengeance series seem to be another top quality memory series. Dominator series has been top rated for DDR3 modules for quite some time, for this reason we are going to compare in benchmark section the new Vengeance DDR3-1866 with Dominator DDR-1600 just to see what gain we got from the new 1866 rated modules.  The Vengeance comes with lower voltage rating of 1.5V instead of 1.80v for Dominator 1600 C9 so is enough space to overclock them to the limit. But, lets cut the chat and get to the Vengeance modules, our candidate is a pair of Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3-1866MHz 1.50v ( CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 ).

 

What Corsair claims for Vengeance series:

  • Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory modules are designed with overclockers in mind. Vengeance DIMMs are built using RAM specially selected for their high-performance potential. Aluminum heat spreaders help dissipate heat, and provide the aggressive look that you want in your gaming rig. Optimized for Compatibility with the Latest CPUs and Motherboards
  • Vengeance memory is designed specifically for the latest CPUs. Vengeance modules run at 1.5V for maximum compatibility with all Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors, as well as the 2nd generation Intel processor family. Vengeance DDR3 memory is available in single modules, and two or three module kits, making it easy for you to match the DIMM population requirements of your motherboard.
  • Most Vengeance DIMMs are built with two gigabit RAM ICs. These extra-dense memory chips allow you to have 8GB of memory using only two DIMMs, or to populate your triple channel system with up to an insanely large 24GB of system memory for extreme multitasking performance.
  • High-performance 8GB Vengeance kit for dual channel systems, 1866MHz, 9-10-9-27, 1.5V

Key Features:

  • Specially selected RAMs for overclocked performance
  • 1.5V VDIMM spec ensures compatibility with 2nd generation (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core processor family
  • Includes XMP performance profile
  • Guaranteed to work on all dual channel Intel platforms

 

Test system:

  • 8GB ( 2x 4GB ) Corsair Vengeance v3.19 DDR3-1866 @ 9-10-9-27 (1.50v)
    4GB ( 2x 2GB ) Corsair XMS3-DHX v9.10 DDR3-1600 @ 9-9-9-24 (1.80v)
  • Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz – OC@3.40GHz
    Asus P7P55D
    Corsair CSSD-F120GB2
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 465
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
    CPUz x64 1.58
    PassMark PerformanceTest 7.Build.1025 x64
    AIDA64 v2.00.1700

 

Memory specifications:

  • Size 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
  • Performance Profile XMP
  • Fan Included No
  • Heat Spreader Vengeance
  • Memory Configuration Dual Channel
  • Memory Type DDR3
  • Package – Memory Pin 240
  • Package – Memory Format DIMM
  • Tested Voltage 1.5
  • SPD Voltage 1.5
  • Speed Rating PC3-15000 (1866MHz)
  • SPD Speed 1333Mhz
  • Tested Speed 1866Mhz
  • Tested Latency 9-10-9-27
  • SPD Latency 9-9-9-24
  • Warranty Lifetime

 

 

Conclusions:

We can say that Vengeance series is another good quality product from Corsair.  The Dual Channel KIT – DDR3-1866 performed stable with stock timings at 1800/1900/1950/2000MHz. The new heat sink ads some style look but as personal preference i still go for Dominators heat sink, anyway the sink did its job very well, we got cold modules all the way. Idle measured temperature as low as 26c (with 200c room temperature) and on LinX stress run we got 300c at VDIMM = 1.5v . The overclocking part now, we tested for higher frequencies possible trying to keep stock timings in order to get top performance and stable run. The highest rate achieved was 2000MHz with stock timings but with high voltage, 1.90v. Dispite that, the Vengeance modules performed all the way at 300c.

 

Pros:

  • cold even under heavy load
  • decent overclocking ability
  • XMP ready
  • light weight aluminum heat sink
  • lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • still tall heat sink, in some cases may not fit under CPU heat sinks
  • high voltage for overclock

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