Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

Vengeance Overview
If you are used to the Dominator modules then these will be a bit of a change for you.  Corsair has gone with a green PCB and a black raised heatsink design.  This gives the modules a more modern and stand-out look in my opinion.

Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

In the center of the modules is a large Vengeance logo and above that is the Corsair logo.  One each side of the heatsink are 5 raised fins that will help with keeping your memory cool.

Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

On the backside of the modules is a sticker with all of the information you will need.  Here we can see that this is the CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 kit, which is an 8GB kit (2x 4GB) which runs at 1600MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 at 1.5V.  These new Vengeance modules look really cool and definitely will stand out in your system.

Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

Installation
This is probably one of the most straight forward things to install in your system. Just open up the computer case and then remove your old memory or if your adding it in to add it in. The only problem some people might have if the height of the memory with their heatsink design, most CPU heat sinks like my Thermaltake Frio wouldn’t work with 2 of the Corsair Vengeance kits. So after the memory is installed here is the final product you will have.

Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

Getting the memory running at the advertised 1600MHz is very simple.  Go into your BIOS and enable the XMP profile and the memory should run at the stock speed.

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