Cor­sair Vengeance RGB

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C or­sair’s dual-chan­nel kit (see p44) per­formed ad­mirably against the com­pe­ti­tion, but the Vengeance RGB mod­ules have more of an ad­van­tage as we step up to quad-chan­nel kits, as there’s a much big­ger price mar­gin be­tween it and G.Skill’s Tri­dent Z RGB equiv­a­lent. Not only that, but our quad-chan­nel G.Skill kit sported looser la­tency timings than the dual-chan­nel kit we re­viewed this month, with slightly higher fig­ures than Cor­sair’s Vengeance RGB. The price dif­fer­ence can’t be ex­cused by tighter timings here, then – you’re just spend­ing an ex­tra £50-60 for the G.Skill’s light show.

The more mod­ules you add, the bet­ter RGB mem­ory kits gen­er­ally look, and that’s def­i­nitely the case with both quad-chan­nel kits this month. Cor­sair’s Vengeance RGB sys­tem can only dish out a sin­gle colour at any one time on each of its mod­ules, while G.Skill’s Tri­dent Z RGB kit can ad­dress sev­eral LEDs in­di­vid­u­ally, but that doesn’t pre­vent Cor­sair from adding multi-mod­ule light­ing ef­fects to make use of the colour spec­trum.

The dif­fus­ing tops on the Cor­sair mod­ules also help to al­le­vi­ate the un­der­ly­ing LEDs from shin­ing gar­ishly in pin­points, and the ef­fect is that the mod­ules il­lu­mi­nate in solid bars of vivid colour. Cor­sair’s Link soft­ware works well too, al­low­ing easy tweak­ing of the colours and light­ing ef­fects, and the mod­ules are also com­pat­i­ble with Asus, Gi­ga­byte and MSI’s RGB soft­ware. The colour ac­cu­racy is good too, so if you want to colour-match the mod­ules to the rest of your PC, you’ll have no is­sues do­ing so with the Vengeance RGB kit.

The rea­son­ably tall mod­ules could limit cooler com­pat­i­bil­ity though – they’re nearly 0.5cm taller than G.Skill’s mod­ules. If you use a large air cooler, and plan to fill all the mem­ory slots on your moth­er­board, you’ll need to mea­sure the clear­ance be­tween your CPU cooler and the mem­ory slots clos­est to the CPU socket.

As we men­tioned ear­lier, the Cor­sair kit’s 16-18-18-36 tim­ing are a tad tighter than those of the G.Skill kit, which slip to CL18. As such, the Cor­sair kit was faster in most of our bench­marks, but they’re oth­er­wise iden­ti­cal and both kits use Hynix A-die mem­ory chips.

Thank­fully, this chip choice had no im­pact on AMD moth­er­board com­pat­i­bil­ity, with the Vengeance RGB kit run­ning fine at its de­fault timings and fre­quency in both our AMD Ryzen and Ryzen Thread­rip­per test sys­tems. We just had to load the XMP pro­file or equiv­a­lent in both sys­tems, with no need for any man­ual tweak­ing. With a 1.4V DDR volt­age, we reached 3466MHz with our 3200MHz kit at the de­fault timings, which matches the over­clock­ing head­room of the G.Skill kit. Con­clu­sion While G.Skill’s Tri­dent Z RGB quad-chan­nel kit wins in terms of aes­thet­ics, the fact you pay over £50 more just for bet­ter-look­ing mem­ory is a tough pill to swal­low, even if you’re spend­ing lav­ishly on a high-end desk­top sys­tem. Whether the pre­mium is worth it clearly de­pends on your tastes and bud­get; hav­ing seen both kits first­hand, we wouldn’t blame you for pay­ing ex­tra for the Tri­dent Z mod­ules.

How­ever, Cor­sair’s mod­ules still look great, and their mas­sive price sav­ing and slight per­for­mance ad­van­tage gives them a nar­row vic­tory in the quad-chan­nel arena, po­ten­tially free­ing up some bud­get head­room for a faster GPU or SSD.

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