Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz CL10 Laptop SODIMM Memory Kit ReviewWed, May 23, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts & Conclusions
The Corsair Vengeance SODIMM memory kits are ideal for notebook users that often use heavy-duty applications like photo and video editing software or for those that play games. If your current notebook has 4GB or less memory, you will also see a benefit from one of these 8GB kits as you always want to have as much memory as possible for multitasking. The more memory you have the better off you are as it allows you to jump between programs and load or edit larger files without having to wait for data to buffer to the drive.
Installing the Vengeance memory kit into a laptop was very easy to do and anyone with a screwdriver and a little patience should be able to do it in minutes. Being plug-and-play ready ensures that it works right the first time and keeps you from having to make any BIOS setting changes. Just pop these modules into the laptop and it changes the clock frequency, timings and voltages for you!
When it comes to performance we saw some impressive performance gains in some benchmarks and the laptop felt faster when running applications and games. In Sandra 2012 SP4a we saw memory bandwidth jump up over 20% and this Intel Ivy Bridge laptop had 24.8 GB/s of memory bandwidth after this memory upgrade. That is nothing to laugh at and is actually faster than the Mini-ITX system that we just built using the Intel Core i7-3770K desktop processor! That system had 24.2GB/s of memory bandwidth with a different Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz memory kit. The ASUS N56VM laptop with the Intel Core i7-3720QM processor and the Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz SODIMM kit makes for a platform that rivals most any desktop PC.
Pricing on the Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz CL10 memory kit isn’t bad at $78.99 Shipped. The Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 memory runs $49.99 Shipped, so you are paying about $30 more for the faster clock speeds. If you are a power user that wants to get the most from their laptop that is $30 well spent and worth it for performance gains that were seen being as high as 58.5%. There is a difference between 1600 MHz and 1866 MHz that you can feel, so it’s not like an investment that you’ll never benefit from and do just to have bragging rights. All Corsair memory is lifetime warrantied, so no worries there!
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz CL10 laptop memory kit is easy to install and delivers substantial performance improvements!