Corsair Vengeance LP Low Voltage 8GB 1600 MHz Memory
WHAT WE LIKED:Solid performer at stock speeds, running at low stock voltages with decent latencies. Very attractive low profile heat spreader and one of the only memory modules that is white from the factory.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:On the high side price-wise for modules in this performance bracket. Timings required for overclocking were a bit looser than we would have liked even at higher voltages.
In a world of sameness, where every bit of hardware performs and looks much the same as the next bit, it takes a lot to stand out in a crowd. Certainly performance matters in all aspects, but if it doesn’t look unique in the process, it’s akin to driving the same exact sports car that everyone else bought. Likewise, in the world of the PC enthusiast, when everyone’s computer runs the same hardware and it’s all typically red, blue, or black, it starts to look pretty dull pretty quickly. Corsair delivered a product that offers the same solid performance as many other 1600 MHz modules yet have a look all their own, lending themselves to more unique systems builds of all form factors and budgets.
One fly in this otherwise crystal clear ointment is the price. At $98 at the time of purchase, there are other options out there, performance-wise, which can offer the same level of memory bandwidth performance (if not more) for less. It bears mentioning that earlier on this year, when this memory was purchased, it rang in significantly cheaper at $78; this may be a byproduct of the Hynix fires that occurred not too long ago and is right in line with expected price hikes. Then there’s the issue of the timings for overclocking: admittedly, very few people tend to overclock their system RAM, but for those of you who do enjoy trying to extract every bit of performance out of your system you should be pleased with the performance gained.
So what exactly do you get for the extra money spent here? You get a lifetime warranty, modules that will fit underneath just about any heat sink you could imagine, good overclocking headroom offering typically consistent performance gains, and lower power consumption than other 1600 MHz modules at stock settings. You also get eye-catching good looks that will do any system justice and make you want to show it off as often as is humanly possible.
With all that in mind, we are glad to give these memory modules the Pure Overclock Great Hardware award. Keep in mind, if they were a bit more aggressively priced and the timings were a bit tighter, they might just have garnered our Editors Choice Award.
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W