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.