Picking the right memory kit has never really been easier thanks to Intel’s XMP profiling and quite frankly your choice has probably never been wider either. Today we are looking at a kit from Corsair, and more specifically their Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz kit with a pair of 8GB modules. These modules are geared towards the entry level of their brand new Vengeance Pro DRAM series and these modules are designed for overclocking, and for use with Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Haswell platforms.
The kit we have here today is formed from a pair of 8GB modules running at 1866MHz with 9-10-9-27 CR2 and 1.5 volts. They support Intel XMP 1.3 and come in four different colours – Gold, Blue, Red and Silver. We of course have the silver version and end users will be pleased to know these kits come with a limited lifetime warranty.
The packaging is pretty plain and simple and indicates the colour of the kit, the size, the configuration and along the top of the box is the speed demarcations.
The back tells you that these DRAM modules are geared for overclocking on Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Haswell platforms.
Included is a limited lifetime warranty statement as well as the memory kit itself.
A Closer Look
The kit really is as close to perfection as you will find in terms of aesthetics. You’ve got a sleek looking aluminium top-plate which adds a beautiful finishing touch and we already mentioned it is available in four different colours – silver, red, blue and gold. There is also a full black PCB which will please most people (including myself).
With it installed in your system the aesthetics are dominated by those aluminium top-plates. Of course the silver looks a bit strange on our ASUS Maximums VI Formula but you could opt for the red kit instead.
Despite the colour mismatch I think these modules look stunning.
In our memory reviews we keep things relatively simple. We load in the memory kit that is being tested onto our test system and we benchmark it at its primary XMP profile using AIDA 64 and CPU-Z for validation. Once complete we then overclock the kit to see how far we can push it, then benchmark it again using the same combination of AIDA 64 and CPU-Z.
Test System (Pictured Below)
- Motherboard – Asus Maximus VI Formula Z87
- Processor – Intel Core i7 4770K at Stock With Turbo Enabled
- RAM – Varies By Review
- Graphics Card – Reference AMD HD 7950 (Non-Boost variant)
- CPU Cooler – Corsair H100i with Quiet Fan Profile and Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste
- Power Supply – Corsair HX1050W
- Main Storage Drive – Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD over SATA III interface
- Chassis – Lian Li T60 Test Bench
- Displays – Dell U2711 Ultra Sharp
- Operating System – Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
We would like to thank Asus, Intel, AMD, Corsair, Kingston, Lian Li, Dell, Noctua and all our other partners who supplied us with test equipment and hardware. Their generosity makes our testing possible and without them we wouldn’t be able to produce the reviews we do, so thank you!
- AIDA 64
Performance And Overclocking
The kit detects fine and runs easily at its 1866MHz 9-10-9-27-2T profile.
In terms of performance we can see they offer a very high level with the XMP profile.
Overclocking them was as expected – very fruitful. We managed to push them to DDR3-2000, then to DDR3-2133 and we couldn’t quite get to DDR3-2200 but with some base clock tuning we managed to get to 2176MHz.
This have a very hefty performance boost particularly on the writes.
In the UK we are seeing pricing of £139.99 and £122.59 at our preferred retailers. In the USA we are seeing typical pricing of $159.99 and in Canada we are seeing a price of about $175.60. In context we typically see 16GB (2 X 8GB) 1866MHz memory kit go for about £115-135/US$145-160/CA$145-175 so we can see that the Corsair Vengeance Pro is not the cheapest memory on the market but it does fall within the competitive price regions for what it is. It is worth noting that the cheaper 16GB (2X8GB) 1866MHz kits actually tend to be the Corsair Vengeance kits anyway. One final point to mention is that the price of each different colour (red, blue, silver and gold) does vary as much as +-10% and does vary between retailers – there is no uniform pricing on the different colours.
I think our testing makes it clear that the Vengeance Pro 1866MHz kit from Corsair performs right where it should. Once we factor in overclocking you can see why these kits cost a bit extra because the specially picked ICs designed for overclocking really do overclock well. We were able to jump from 1866MHz to 2176MHz a hefty 310MHz or 16% increase – which is excellent for any memory kit. Additionally the units run their rated XMP frequency at just 1.5 volts hence why we were able to overclock so far using the industry-standard 1.65 volts for those high clocks.
In my opinion the Vengeance Pro kit ticks all the other boxes too. Being at the lower end of the Venegance Pro frequency range it comes in at a very affordable price. It boasts the very sleek looking aluminium design which is customisable so excellent for enthusiastic system builders who like to colour co-ordinate their systems. Finally the Corsair lifetime limited warranty is the deal sweetener and if you weren’t convinced up to now than that is definitely something that should sway your opinion.
- Overclocking potential
- Lifetime warranty
- Competitive pricing
- Large variance in pricing between different coloured kits
“Corsair’s Vengeance Pro 1866MHz 16GB kit is a truly great RAM kit. They overclock great, are priced competitively, look fantastic, are available in a range of colours and are backed by a lifetime warranty. What more could you ask for?”
Thank you to Corsair for providing this review sample.