Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Memory Kit Review

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Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz DDR3 DRAM Introduction

Corsair is a top dog in the memory market.  They’re the #1 most awarded manufacturer of high performance memory and have been making enthusiast-grade memory longer than anyone else. 

Today we’ll be looking at the 1866MHz 16GB (CMY16GX3M2A1866C9) DDR3 memory kit that was released by Corsair in the recent months.  These DRAM kits are designed specifically with Intel sockets LGA1150 and 1155 in mind, and also designed around overclocking.  The memory ICs are specially selected for performance and overclocking potential.  To unleash the 1866MHz speed with 9-10-9-27 timings, or whatever speed you decide to purchase, you will have to utilize the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Profile 1.  Should you not enable this profile, these modules are JEDEC compliant and will run at 1333MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings.

Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz DRAM

The Corsair Vengeance Pro memory kits come in either 8GB (2x 4GB), 16GB (2x 8GB), or 32GB (4x 8GB) kits, and in speeds from 1600MHz to 2400MHz.  If you’re looking for something faster than 2400MHz, you won’t find it in this line.  Corsair has the Dominator Platinum line for that, with speeds hitting 2800MHz.  The heat spreader is designed to look both aggressive and great inside your system, and even comes in several different accent colors to help you match up the memory with the rest of your system, or just give it a little pop of color.  These accent colors include a hint of:  gold, silver, blue, or red; all with black being the main color of the spreader.

Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866MHz DRAM

Should you want to pick up this particular kit, you can find it on Amazon for $148.45 shipped.  These modules are also backed by Corsair’s lifetime warranty.  This feels like a pretty good price and fits right in with kits of similar size and speed.

Kit Size

Modules

Speed

Timings

8GB

2

1600MHz

9-9-9-24 2T

1866MHz

9-10-9-27 2T

2133MHz

11-11-11-27 2T

2133MHz

9-11-11-31 2T

16GB

2

1600MHz

9-9-9-24 2T

1866MHz

9-10-9-27 2T

2133MHz

11-11-11-27 2T

2400MHz

10-12-12-31 2T

32GB

4

1600MHz

9-9-9-24 2T

1866MHz

9-10-9-27 2T

2133MHz

11-11-11-27 2T

2400MHz

10-12-12-31 2T

 

Let’s move on take a better look at the Vengeance Pro modules themselves.

 

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  • http://half-left.deviantart.com/ Sean

    16GB, What a waste of money. Get real and buy 8GB, you’ll never use 16GB. Main RAM bandwidth doesn’t affect games much at all, Intel tried that trick with Rambus and it didn’t work.

    • DiscaL

      Then explain the jumps to DDR4? And what speed can 2400MHz RAM be clocked up to? Are “games” all that we use computers for?

      • http://half-left.deviantart.com/ Sean

        No but I meant games.

    • you stupid fuck

      you stupid ignorant fuck

      • http://half-left.deviantart.com/ Sean

        Go to any PC hardware website and you’ll see that 16GB doesn’t make a different in games. Frequency wise you can get up to 20% more performance.

  • Travis

    I bought an 8G kit to test. On a Asus Croshair v Formula board and 4ghz 8 core AMD and Sapphire 7870 card these will run excellent at 8-8-8-22 1T 1866mhz timings. Boots insane fast. No latency or lag in any games and runs rock solid stable…

    • DiscaL

      What’s upsetting is that Corsair doesn’t state the “Pro 1866 (2 x 8GB Pack)” through their http://www.corsair.com/en/memory-finder as being compatible with any AMD CPUs. I was so Hell-bent on going AMD, but I received my RAMs yesterday and even the packaging only states “Intel i7 & i5″ which is very annoying … but the best part is that I have yet to buy a CPU + MOBO!

      Now they started promoting DDR4 by bashing DDR3 (and AMD) and how long it has been around blah blah blah http://www.corsair.com/~/media/Corsair/download-files/manuals/dram/DDR4-White-Paper.pdf

      I purchased the grey ones to go with a GA-990-FXA UD3 MOBO paired with an AMD FX-9590 CPU in mind … Help/Recommendations anyone?