Today I will be sharing with you the Den’s take on the upcoming Vengeance Series Pro from Corsair. Do note that I said "upcoming". I maybe wrong but as of this writing I still cannot find this specific product in my usual reference stores which are newegg and amazon. The way I see it, I am very thankful and lucky to be able to play with this new item from corsair.
The box is no different from the other Vengeance Series Pro from Corsair (e.g. the 2133Mhz vengeance pro memory). The front of the box will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect as it shows the visual of the memory module. On the upper right corner is written the configuration and the capacity. you are getting. In this case it will be 2 x 4GB or a total of 8GB ram.
Opening the box, you will be greeted with the RAMs under a plastic container. I am guessing that this is one of those anti-static containers that ensures no sudden ESD will occur while you are pretty excited in getting the kit out.
The front of the RAM contains the word VENGEANCE in large font while underneath it, on the lower portion, are the words “pro series”.
The rear of the RAM comes with the full specifications like the timings, speed, part number and voltage requirement. It also shows where it was manufactured. The upper portion of the heatsinks on both sides comes with the corsair name and logo.
More Shots of the RAM’s
Motherboard : Gigabyte Z87X-OC
Processor : Haswell 4670K
RAM : Corsair Vengeance Pro 2666Mhz
Power Supply : Corsair HX1000
GPU : MSI 7790
SSD : Corsair Force GT
Cooling : Custom Watercooling
Testing was done with full stock (BIOS default), XMP, and overclocked settings. I received a couple of requests to make a review that can be achieved by most people who are planning to do their own Haswell system, so I decided to just go with 4.5Ghz on the core speed.
Pressing the clear CMOS button and loading, the system booted up with the RAM speed at 1333 MHz only. My initial thought was maybe it is my board's default. So I tried another set of RAM, did the exact same thing and got 1600 MHz speed. I proceeded with the test that I wanted to run and recorded the results.
Next thing was to clear the CMOS again and this time loaded just the XMP setting. All others are set to auto. There was a noticeable performance gain from the previous run. Lastly, I set the system to run 4.5Ghz only and proceeded with the system boot. I wanted to see where this RAM will take me and I was surprised that bumping the voltage on the RAM to 1.69 (vs 1.65 default), enabled it to complete all of the tests that I just ran on the stock and XMP profile with 2933Mhz clock. Though the result became worse than the XMP settings. This maybe caused by the other sub timings in the RAM modules which I did not bother to tweak and instead move to another testing.
I set the frequency to 2800Mhz while maintaining the XMP settings and I was amazed with the results! Setting the RAM voltage to 1.675 made it run at 2800 CAS 10 !
This is the first time that I was able to handle a C10 ram at 2666Mhz speed. Out of curiosity, I used the same voltage as the 2933Mhz setting but this time, instead of running high clock, I played with the timings. It was able to boot and load windows. I carried out some more adjustments and the system was able to run the test at C9-12-12-24 @ 1.675 volts -- which is pretty good. Pumping the speed of the RAM to 2800 requires beyond 1.7 volts to be able to sustain C9 and I will not be showing it here.
Screen Capture of Results Stock
Overclocked 2800 MHz
Overclocked 2933 MHz
- I have to say that this Vengeance Pro Series is also very good. It came with a bit of a lower timing than the Platinum that I tested last time.
- Loading the XMP will give you C10 which is pretty good for a high clock (out of the box) memory - Adding a small amount of voltage gave the ram a 2800 Mhz speed and maintaining the XMP settings.
- Even if the heatsink is not as solid as the dominator, it actually did a good job in ensuring that there will be not heat issues in spite of me running it at 2933 MHz and C9 settings beyond the rated voltage.
- The only thing I can think of as an area for improvement is the 1333Mhz speed upon loading the BIOS defaults. People who will be getting this will need to load the XMP in bios to enjoy the benefit of the 2666MHz speed.
NOTES ON THE SCORE
1. I really tried searching for the price and cannot find it at the moment. I will be updating the scores soon but nevertheless, even without putting any score in the price, this RAM easily gets 85 points which still puts it to the Den's top shelf!
2. General features and usability got only 25 from me due to the 1333MHz default speed.Maybe better if it was set to 1600MHz by default.