Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit ReviewTue, Feb 08, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 memory kit is a great performer in every regard. Being able to overclock this memory kit easily to 1866MHz is huge! While it does not win outright in benchmarks it is narrowly behind. The results are so close that it would be tough to actually see the difference in everyday scenarios. Its true value lies in its cost per GB where at just $5 more provides double the capacity of the highest performing 2133MHz kit!
The Corsair Vengeance memory kit has a good looking heat spreader and is much more aggressive looking than the Dominator and XMS lines. Those of you showing off your PC are going to have a tough call on your hands, but again looking at the GB per dollar ratio it is hard to ignore the Vengeance kit.
Corsair is well known for their reliability and performance. As far back as my first overclocking days, trying to squeeze every last MHz out of a Thunderbird AMD Athlon 1333 CPU, Corsair has always offered a hassle free lifetime warranty on their memory modules. This is great peace of mind for anyone looking to spend their hard earned money on a new kit of memory and the Corsair Vengeance line continues that tradition.
It really is amazing that with the downturn in memory prices that for just $104.99 today we can get an 8GB memory kit that is Intel XMP certified to run at 1600MHz with a very low voltage, virtually guaranteeing you can hit higher speeds with a small increase in voltage. With an Intel Core i5 2500K CPU, a Corsair Vengeance memory kit, and a decently priced motherboard you would have a build that is both very overclocking friendly and an incredible performance per dollar.
With today’s games and programs using more and more memory, 4GB is now the minimum you should be looking to put into a new system that you plan to keep for a few years. The Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 8GB would be ideal if the budget allows and its very attractive pricing make it a no brainer! At $104.99 it should be at the top of the list for your next system build.
Legit Bottom Line: It just doesn’t get much better than this. The Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz memory kit provides a great value by offering an 8GB memory kit that is easily overclockable with excellent performance and a lifetime warranty, all at a price that is easy on the budget.