Corsair was founded in 1994. The company started as a high performance DRAM manufacturer. Now they are the suppliers of components and peripherals for PC of enthusiastic level. The company launched its Corsair Gaming brand in 2014 and targets e-sports professionals and players with high-end products such as keyboards, mice, headphones and mouse mats. Corsair is now a leading manufacturer of PC enthusiast products, such as chassis, power supply units, DRAMs, solid state drives, cooling solutions for CPUs and graphics cards, sheathed cables for its power units and various peripherals. games that use cutting-edge technology. Today, Corsair enjoys the position of the premium brand in the market with high-performance packaged products backed by its effective customer service.
Since the launch of lighting solutions for PC products and markets, this trend has spread like a pandemic and this fever is what most PC enthusiasts love nowadays, although a few advocate the reverse. It is time for Corsair to launch its DDR4 kits with addressable RGB lighting capabilities called Vengeance RGB Pro. Their previous lighting solutions in memory were based on non-digital RGB. The professionals Vengeance RGB Pros are their high quality digital RGB lighting kits with high performance. Our sample review is using the Samsung B Die and DDR4 kits with these chips being scaled better with the Ryzen CPUs.
Recently, we have set up our test platform based on the AMD platform with the idea of testing the incoming products for review on both the Intel and AMD platforms to make our content more effective and to cover both sides . AMD was kind enough to participate and provided us with its leading consumer chip Ryzen 7 2700X . Other manufacturers such as Asus, Antec joined us and provided their products for this test bed. Corsair was kind enough to sponsor us with its premium Vengeance Pro RGB kit and today I'm going to take a look at this kit and test it on our AMD test bench to see what it offers the user.
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro is available in two colors; in black and white. These kits are available in multiple configurations from 16GB basic (2x8GB) and up to 128GB using the 8x16Gb configuration. Its nominal frequencies range from 2666MHz to a whopping 4700MHz. I'm going to take a look at the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 2x8GB color block rated at 3200MHz using 16-18-18-36 times at 1.35V. These kits are compatible with Intel XMP 2.0 and are compatible with the chipsets of the Intel 100, 200, 300 and X299 series. From the camp of AMD, they are compatible with the chipsets of the 300 and 400 series. As I tested this kit on AMD X470, I can tell you one thing so that you have 100% confidence that my Ryzen 7 2700X loves this kit. These kits have anodized aluminum heatsinks on both sides that look so good in person, but also catch fingerprints easily. In addition to performance, these kits have dazzling, vivid and fluid lighting effects to my liking. Without further ado, let's begin.
- Product: Vengeance RGB Pro 3200MHz CL 16
- Manufacturer: Corsair
- Price: $ 142.99
Packaging and Unboxing
The kit ships in typical Corsair packaging Box made in finished cardboard in the colors black and yellow. The packaging itself speaks for the things. The front of the box has a brand and a Corsair logo printed on the upper left. DDR4, 2x8GB, 3200MHz, which are the outstanding features of the kit in its core, are printed on the top right. There is an image of a single module in the center with the diffuser illuminated in various colors to indicate the digital lighting solution. The kit can be controlled using Corsair's iCUE software, which can be downloaded for free from its website. The kit is certified by Intel XMP. VENGEANCE RGB PRO is printed on the bottom.
The back of the case has a Corsair brand and logo printed on the upper left. The RGB text of Vengeance Pro is printed on the top right. The highlight of the kit is printed in 6 different languages. The iCUE is compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 operating systems. In addition, this kit is compatible with the Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Lighting solutions. I am surprised since there is no support for Asus AURA Sync! There is a sticker attached to the bottom with the serial number, part without labels of the kit. The kit is manufactured in Taiwan. On the right side of this label, x2 is printed on the yellow background that indicates the number of modules in the package. These kits are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
The left and right sides are identical. They have a brand and a Corsair logo printed on the left side. Vengeance RGB Pro printed in the center followed by the text DDR4. The capacity of the kit is printed on the far right.
The top and bottom covers have the Corsair brand and logo printed on the center.
Opening of the box will show a transparent container with two modules well fitted.
A closer look
It's time to take a look at the kit and discuss its design elements, followed by the RGB lighting effect. Here's what Corsair is saying: "DDR4 memory from the RGB Pro series of Corsair Vengeance illuminates your PC with a fascinating multizone dynamic RGB illumination while offering the best in DDR4 performance and stability. Each module has ten RGB LEDs for an amazing lighting experience, powered by the Corsair iCUE software for deep lighting control and synchronization of Corsair lighting throughout the system. "
The Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro comes in two basic colors namely black and white.These kits are available in multiple 8GB modules.There is no less than 8GB of module which makes sense to keep the cost under control.These kits start at 2666MHz and they reach a whopping 4700MHz Not all kits support this high-speed frequency, so be sure to check the specifications before buying.There is also a thermal sensor in each module.However, the only iCUE can read from these sensors. Our kit has two modules with the capacity of each of 8GB.The base times or SPD latency of the kit are 15-15-15-36 with base frequency or SPD speed of PC4-17000 (2133MHz) a 1.20V The nominal times are 16-18-18-36 with the frequency of PC4-25600 (3200MHz) to 1.20V. It is a DIMM module without ECC without buffer with a design of 288 pins (DDR4). These kits are tested for Intel and AMD platforms for reliability and compatibility and are ready for Intel XMP 2.0. It is good to see that these kits are compatible with the AMD Ryzen based chips that use the AM4 socket and that is why this kit is here since Corsair was kind enough to sponsor us for our new test bench based on the AMD platform. .
The kit has a black PCB and has several layers. We can see integrated circuits on both sides that could mean that the same PCB is being used for all capabilities. Our kit has single-sided modules. There are four memory chips on the left side and four on the right side. There is a single thin heating pad that runs the full length of the heat spreader on the unpopulated side. On the populated side, each chip has its own black heating pad. As is the case with DDR4s, there is no chip in the middle of the PCB.
The dimension of a module is 142x45x7mm (LxHxW). The total height of a module is 50 mm, including the 288-pin connector. It is 45 mm without the PCB and the connector exposed. You must take into account the height of a module with respect to the CPU cooler, as it does not make sense if the RGB-enabled modules are blocked or hidden under the cooler.
Each IC has been carefully analyzed to ensure top performance and extended overclocking potential. As mentioned above, the initial speed of these kits is 2666MHz, which is now a standard DDR4 speed after 2133MHz and 3200MHz is a sweet spot these days, especially on the AM4 platform, which is the fastest of the JEDEC specifications ( OC). These kits can reach up to 4700MHz (not all configurations), many thanks to the selected integrated circuits and custom PCBs.
Heat sinks have a bold but nice design. They are made of anodized aluminum and finished in black. Heat spreaders have vented grooves on the top end on both sides. Both sides ventilated the slots, facing each other, and this design fits very well in the overall appearance of the kit. The vents also have another aesthetic purpose. They are right above the diffuser and the lighting would also be reflected through these slots. There is a brand and logo of Corsair in the silver finish. Revenge RGB Pro is printed in the center on a black plate that stands out from the rest of the surface of the heat spreader. The heat spreader is a fingerprint magnet. Keep this in mind and keep the microfiber cloth ready to clean when necessary.
The heat spreader does not completely cover the PCB from the left and right sides, since the PCB is exposed on these sides. The ventilation of the air is ensured from both ends.
The text encoding can be easily seen on the populated side of the PCB.
The other side of the modules has an identical layout and design. There is a sticker stuck in the center. This adhesive is finished in the same design found in the heat spreader. CMW16GX4M2C3200C16 is the identification part of the kit. The type, speed, time and voltage of the memory are also printed on the label.
Let's look at the top of the modules where all the magic of lighting comes from. There is a translucent diffuser on the top that runs the entire length of the PCB. The first distinctive feature of this diffuser is the layered design, since it has 5 designs in layers that look great in person. The middle part is recessed compared to the left and right sides. At the outer ends, the diffuser has a sharp angular design that is covered by the heat spreader. This is the only area at the top where you can see the heat spreader. Corsair has given maximum exposure to lighting and, surprisingly, there is no Corsair brand on the diffuser from either side. All you would get from the top is a fluid lighting.
There are 10 RGB LED zones under the diffuser that can be controlled individually using the Corsair iColv software. The lighting is fluid, vivid and, what is more important, it is done in a uniform way, since I did not see any spill and it is bright enough not to be disturbed by the surrounding lights.
Our review sample has Samsung B- It dies so you can expect maximum performance from it. The package is standard monolithic 78-ball FBGA. The density of the die is 8 Gb B-Die (20 nm) with a composition of 1024M x8 (64Mn x8 x16 banks). This kit is XMP 2.0 certified with 16-18-18-36-54 at 1.35 V with a frequency of 3200MHz. This kit only has an XMP profile stored in it. It is pertinent to mention here that Corsair is not using Samsung B Die chips exclusively in these kits, which means that their kit could have the chip of other manufacturers.
Before moving on to the next section, there is an important design element that needs to be discussed. These kits have built-in thermal sensors which is too good a decision for the Corsair! The manufacturer of these sensors is Seiko Instruments. The sensor model is S-34T04A which is enabled by default. Its temperature accuracy is classified in B-Grade with a temperature resolution of 0.2500 ° C (10-bit ADC). It supports negative measurements and interruption capacity.
RGB and iCUE lighting
Before continuing with our testing section, let's talk about the effects of RGB digital lighting in this kit, since this is a main aspect of these modules in addition to performance. As mentioned above, there are 10 RGB LED lighting zones under the diffuser. Each zone can be controlled individually using the iCUE software. I have faced problems since iCUE was not detecting the kit. Even my attempt with Intel-based PCs was useless. Since I was worried about trying it on the AMD system, I had to solve the problem so that the kit would work. I am using the Asus Strix X470-F motherboard. The BIOS was updated to the latest version 4207. I finished downloading it to version 4202 and, using the most current version of iCUE, the software detected the kit and kept it running. I mention this so that if someone with a similar problem could try this solution in addition to what has worked for other users.
Let's look at the iCUE and see what it offers the user. The main interface is divided into multiple sections. The left side has the action options for connected devices. The upper part has a Start menu, Panel, Instant lighting and Configuration. Under the devices, the detected ones will appear. Vengeance RGB Pro can be seen in the detected list. The lower part has an image that welcomes the user to the iCUE.
Clicking on the connected device will load your other options. I selected the Vengeance RGB Pro because it was the only Corsair device on the test bench. The right side panel shows the image of the DDR4 module together with the temperature readings. As I mentioned earlier, these kits have built-in thermal sensors from Seiko Instruments and the only iCUE can read these sensors at this time as I tried with AIDA64 and HWInfo64, but both did not show any options with respect to this sensor. Note that HWInfo64 shows the memory thermals independently of the built-in sensors. Under Default Profile, we have the following options to interact and control almost all aspects of memory:
- DIMM Configuration
- Lighting Effects
- Graphical Representation
 Settings DIMM allows the user to visually configure the memory based on the configuration of the dual or quad channel motherboard and not the installed modules. This is a practical implementation and Corsair has my compliments for it. Under the DIMM design, the user can select from the configurations shown, depending on the number of DIMMs. I opted for the 2 X 4 DIMM design, since I am using the 2x8GB configuration.
Lighting control is at the heart of the iCUE, as it gives users full control in terms of what they want to do with the kit by hand. iCUE is replete with a large number of lighting modes that the user can use without hindrance to easily select the desired effect. The effects have been divided into three broader categories:
- Lighting Link
Each of these categories has provided modes. The total modes are as follows:
- Rainbow Wave
- Rainbow Spiral
- Color Shift
- Color Pulse
- Color Wave
- ] Temperature
- Static Color
- Lighting Type
Some of the modes have fewer control options, as the Spiral Rainbow has only the speed and direction of the flow control of lighting while others have
more control options. The color change allows the user to select two colors and toggle between them or use random colors. Rain and Sequential modes also give Direction control. The temperature mode will detect the CPU sensor and allow the user to declare three temperature categories and assign each category a different color that will be applied if the thermal condition is met.
How to control each LED zone individually?
If you are particularly interested in how to change the individual LED zones in Vengeance RGB Pro, then the Multi-Color option in Custom is the option you are looking for. You will see the LED number from 1 to 10 and each number has its own box below. The user can select any color from the color palette or define one using a hexadecimal code or a combination, etc. The convenience and flexibility of the user are written in all the iCUE options.
The time options will show the memory loaded times.
The Graph will show the thermal graph of the DIMM at hand.
The user can create notifications in the Notifications tab.
By clicking on the Settings menu, the memory-related settings at the top and the configuration related to the software at the bottom will be displayed. This is where you can control the brightness of memory. I wish they also provided the brightness control in the Lighting tab. The memory firmware is also displayed. The software asked me to update the firmware version but I did not update the firmware for my own reason. The general configuration will allow the user to change the temperature report unit, restart the iCUE service, enable the debug log, enable / disable logging on Windows, verify the software update, etc.
The sensor registration will allow Select the sensors for which you wish to control the telemetry. In particular, I am showing the sensor options of both modules in the selection. The OSD allows the user to enable the selected parameters to be displayed in the OSD.
Overall, the Corsair iCUE is a complete software that gives the user full control over connected Corsair devices and the coordination and synchronization of colors. Lighting effects on multiple Corsair devices.
Here are some of the lighting images. These do not really serve the purpose, but still give a hint of the brilliance that Corsair
achieved with his Vengeance RGB Pro.
Since this kit has been sponsored for our AMD test bench, it is tested on AM4 with the following configuration:
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
- Asus Strix X470- F Gaming
- Asus ROG Ryujin 360
- Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080
- Adata XPG SX950U 250GB
- Antec HCP 1300
- Primochill Praxis Wetbench
The boots of the small parks of The parks are the following: suite. XMP was loaded for testing. The APU frequency was maintained at 100MHz. The kit was overclocked manually using voltage regulation. With XMP, DRAM times and voltages were verified according to the manufacturer's specification. The 4207 version of the BIOS is used. The Asus motherboard in the test stand admits a maximum frequency of 3466MHz (OC). This kit overclocked at 3466MHz without changing the time. It looks like a walk in a park for this kit. I'm sure this kit could do more than that. It could not go beyond 3466MHz, the motherboard did not support it and the system was stuck in the boot loop. I was able to reduce the times to 14 CAS using 1.380V and 3466MHz, which is an incredible performance. For comparison, I have included another ADATA digital RGB RAM. It is XPG Spectrix D41 with 2666MHz.
The AIDA64 memory benchmark has shown that there was a 7.57% performance increase in read rates when the Corsair kit was overclocked at 3466MHz. An increase of 8.32% in the writing speeds was observed. 7.98% performance increase is reported in the copy speeds. Remember that the infinite fabric in AMD Ryzen loves lower latencies and higher transfer speeds.
With adjusted times, the latency was improved to 61.7 ns from 68.3ns in XMP and timing tested.
The performance increase was also observed in the SiSoftware Sandra memory bandwidth tests.
The image above shows a picture of the kit at various speeds and times.
ventured into a digital RGB lighting solution in its ever popular DDR4 memories and has launched the Dominator Platinum RGB and the Vengeance RGB Pro kits. Both types are high performance kits with vivid, fluid lighting solutions and amazing. We have given a twist to your 16 GB Vengeance RGB Pro kit, as Corsair was kind enough to sponsor our AMD test bench, which we recently created with the help of AMD, Asus, Corsair and Antec. Our future content will have test results from both platforms (Intel and AMD). The Vengeance RGB Pro is available in several modules of 8 GB, from 16 GB to 128 GB with the tested speeds of 2666MHz (minimum in any kit) and up to the incredible speeds of 4700MHz. These kits include the Intel XMP 2.0 and have a 288 pin design for the DDR4 type memory. The SPD speed in our sample is 2133MHz with an SPD timing of 15-15-15-36. The speed tested in the kit is 3200MHz (PC4-25600) with a proven timing of 16-18-18-36 to 1,350V. The Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro comes in two colors; in black and white. I have tried the color black.
Our review sample is using the Samsung B-Dies, which makes them offer maximum performance. The package is standard monolithic 78-ball FBGA. The density of the die is 8 Gb B-Die (20 nm) with a composition of 1024M x8 (64MB x8 x16 banks). These kits have black PCBs with integrated circuits on both sides, which indicates that standard PCBs are being used for all capacities. Our kit is one-sided. It has 4 Samsung chips each of 1GB on the left side of the PCB and the same 4 chips on the right side. As is the case with the DDR4, there is no chip in the center of the PCB. There is a single thin heating pad that runs the full length of the heat spreader on the unpopulated side, while the populated side has thermal pads cut to size on each chip. ICs are selected and monitored by hand to ensure better performance with stable and extended overclocking. Corsair is not exclusively using Samsung chips in these kits, therefore, your kit could also have chips from other manufacturers.
The dimension of a module is 142x45x7mm (LxHxW). The total height of a module is 50 mm, including the 288-pin connector. It is 45 mm without the PCB and the connector exposed. You must take into account the height of a module with respect to the CPU cooler, as it does not make sense if the RGB-enabled modules are blocked or hidden under the cooler. The heat spreaders have a bold but nice design. They are made of anodized aluminum. The heat sinks do not cover the entire length of the PCB.
There is a translucent diffuser on the top that runs the entire length of the PCB. The first distinctive feature of this diffuser is the layered design, since it has 5 designs in layers that look great in person. The middle part is recessed compared to the left and right sides. At the outer ends, the diffuser has a sharp angular design that is covered by the heat spreader. This is the only area at the top where you can see the heat spreader. Corsair has given maximum exposure to lighting and, surprisingly, there is no Corsair brand on the diffuser from either side. All you would get from the top is a fluid lighting.
These kits have built-in thermal sensors which is too good a decision for the Corsair! The manufacturer of these sensors is Seiko Instruments. The sensor model is S-34T04A which is enabled by default. Its temperature accuracy is classified in B-Grade with a temperature resolution of 0.2500 ° C (10-bit ADC). It has support for negative measurements and interruption capacity.
There are 10 RGB LED zones under the diffuser that can be controlled individually using the Corsair iCUE software. The heat spreader on both sides has perforations in the upper part facing each other. The lighting also comes out of these perforations. Speaking of the RGB lighting effect, these kits combine dazzling and intense lighting effects with a flow of light and even light. I would give a credit to the Corsair, as they packed 10 ARGB LEDs in an area of such small size that it has allowed them to provide the user with a truly visual experience that speaks for itself and can not be easily influenced by the light coming from the surrounding areas. , since this was my acute observation when I reviewed the ADATA D41 kit. What is better to say, I am impressed with the lighting solution of the Vengeance RGB Pro. This is what I would expect from Corsair to deliver. iCUE allows users to coordinate color and synchronize Corsair's RGB devices in a single interface. It provides a lot of lighting modes that the user can use. iCUE can be used to control the reading of the thermal sensor directly from the memory. Definitely a great feature. Thanks, Corsair for thinking about this.
This kit is at $ 1424.99 / – at the time of review. I can not provide local prices at PKR since these kits have not yet been released in Pakistan. Easetec, Corsair's authorized distributor in Pakistan, has confirmed that it will soon release these kits here. Therefore, keep an eye out. Currently, Easetec is selling RGB Vengeance kits. With the lowering of RAM prices, this price is a very important agreement that allows the user to experience truly immersive lighting at 3200MHz with CL16. In terms of performance, I was able to push this kit to 3466MHz using CAS 14 at 1,380V. I am sure that this child could do much better, as I was surprised by the maximum frequency allowed on the AMD Ryzen platform.
I am grateful to Corsair and Easetec for giving us the opportunity to review the black Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3200MHz kit. This kit will now be used and will be shown in all content coming from the AMD-based test bench.