Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz review

The classic speed vs. capacity debate continues unabated

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Our Verdict

A decent price for 8GB of fast Corsair RAM. It's a trusted brand and a thoroughly effective kit.


  • Huge amount of RAM
  • Speedy
  • Decent price


  • Not the lowest latency kit around

Cosying-up with the new Sandy Bridge setups is Corsair's latest line of performance memory, the Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz kit.

As well as a slew of new motherboards coming along with the launch of Intel's new chipset and CPU combo, there will also be a whole host of new components released to buddy up with the new platform.

Aside from CPUs and motherboards though you don't actually need anything new for a Sandy Bridge system. So long as your components weren't matched up with tape drives from the 70s then you've got a pretty good chance of them working together.

A modern PSU will still have the right juice, a SATA HDD will still connect and DDR3 memory will still keep your new chipset happy. But that wont stop companies producing new kits designed to hit the Sandy Bridge upgraders as they shop around.

In the new Vengeance series of dual and triple channel DDR3 from Corsair though that's not necessarily a bad thing.

This twin-module kit offers a massive 8GB of speedy system memory, and for just over a ton that's really not bad.

Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyVengeance
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
CAS LatencyCL9
Memory Size8 GB
Brand NameCorsair
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Number of Pins240-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered

Desktop Server

Product ModelCML8GX3M2A1600C9
Product NameVengeance 8GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
Product LineVengeance
Manufacturer Part NumberCML8GX3M2A1600C9
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Marketing Information

Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit. Vengeance Low Profile memory will be released in June 2011!

Number of Modules2 x 4 GB