Corsair Vengeance 2666MHz RGB DDR4 RAM review

Test machine

For this review, I will be using a computer with the following configuration:

Hardware:

  • Motherboard: ASUS X99-A
  • CPU: Intel
    i7-5820K @ 4.4Ghz
  • CPU cooler: Corsair H100i GTX
  • RAM: Corsair
    Vengeance RGB 4x8GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • VGA: MSI
    Gaming GTX 960 2GB
  • PSU:
    Seasonic M12II 750W
  • HDD1: HyperX
    Fury 240GB
    (OS Drive)
  • OS:
    Windows 10


Test applications

To test the performance of the Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 RAM, I will be using the following test applications in this quick first look.


Corsair Link Software

It will be safe to assume that if you have a Corsair AIO watercooler you will have an idea of what the Corsair Link software is, if not I will be giving you a very brief look at it, and you can always look at this video from Corsair to find out more.

 As always, you download the latest version and install it. After that you start Corsair Link, and you begin to get an idea of what this software can do. Here we are greeted with a simple and clean graphical
interface, that offers a lot of information, and gives you the option to view some generic information, like the motherboard, CPU and GPU model, and various temperatures. With the latest version, you can also see the timings of the RAM, and below that you get a box that will allow you to change the colour of the LEDs on your RAM.

Corsair link software

A quick
look on Corsair link software.

This is the place that my quest began. I spent a lot of time trying to find out why I was not able to control the colour, and it appeared to be that you need to enable SPD Write in the BIOS on X99 systems. For Z170 and Z270 you need the Intel ME driver, but since I am using an X99 system I can say that once the SPD write option was enabled everything worked perfectly.

Corsair link software. LED configuration tab

Now, when you click on the check boxes that are marked as DIMM #1 up to DIMM #4 (this may be up to #8 if you have populated all eight of the DIMM slots) you can change the name that is displayed. You can also change the mode from the default Rainbow, to Static, colour pulse, and colour shift.

Corsair Link, LED confiuguration options.

There are two options to change the colour, one is ungrouped, where have to manually set the colour that you like for each LED, or you can change the colour as grouped for one, two, three, or all four DIMMs. Then click “Apply” and you are ready. All the colours look great, especially the one that I like the most, which was white, as it looks astonishing for something that isn’t a dedicated white LED. You can also have all the LED’s disabled, and all you need to do this is simply select black as the colour and then you won’t have any light coming from your RAM, but I have to wonder why someone that purchased an LED RAM kit would want to do that.

Let’s head to the next page and start testing the Corsair vengeance RGB RAM.