Computer hardware and gaming peripheral maker CORSAIR has been stepping up their game on the RGB market with the release of perhaps their best-looking RAM modules to date, the Vengeance PRO RGB. Boasting gorgeous heatsinks with a continuous and controllable RGB up top, CORSAIR’s RGB implementation is starting to get recognized within the enthusiasts’ market – which is pretty much dominated by G.Skill and their TridentZ series.
In this quick review, we’ll be focusing more on what the kit has in store, in terms of performance, RGB and CORSAIR’s iCUE integration.
What’s In The Box
The packaging of the CORSAIR Vengeance PRO RGB is simple as it is, just a cardboard box with a plastic protective shell to protect the modules inside. Printed on the front is the memory size and speed, which in our case, is 2x8GB (16GB) and rated at 3200MHz. On the back is just details about the product.
There’s also nothing else in the box aside from the modules themselves. No sticker badge, no quick start guides and whatsoever. I find this a bit disappointing considering the price of this kit – you’ll surely want to brag about you having RGB on your RAM sticks, too, right?
The kit is available in two color variants: black and white. Our review kit comes in the more common black color, which would suit our test build – but it doesn’t really matter in this case.
The heatspreader of the kit doesn’t come with complicated texture designs, almost sharing the same design with the previous Vengeance RGB. It may be simple, but up top just below the RGB glowing part would be some holes, which is the notable difference between the Vengeance RGB and the RGB Pro. Ideally, these kind of implementations would suit any build, regardless of the hardware used – and that’s absolutely a genius decision.
Although we’ve used an AIO on our testing, we’re genuinely sure that this would be compatible with most aircoolers out there, including the one we’re currently reviewing – the Noctua NH-D15S. I’m pretty sure you’ll don’t want to cover the RGB, though, so you should use an AIO instead.
The RGB glow on this kit is arguably one of the best in the market right now. Once only found on G.Skill’s TridentZ RGB, we now have a contender that integrates with most RGB platforms out there, such as GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion and MSI’s Mystic Light. We’d prefer using CORSAIR’s iCUE software though, as it offers full customization options instead.
The light is bright, colors are actually accurate and the usual effects you’ll find on most modules are also present here. We’ll explain more of that later on the Performance Test section.
Of course, we’ll need to test this at least aside from taking pictures in order to call this a review. Our test setup consists of:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500x
Motherboard: AsRock AB350M Pro 4
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3200 16GB (2x8GB)
GPU: ZOTAC GTX 1050Ti Dual Fan OC
HDD: WD Blue 1TB
PSU: Seasonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze
Cooling: Corsair H110i AIO
Our kit is the 16GB (2x8GB) [CMW16GX4M2C3200C16] kit and is rated at 3200MHz with timings at 16-18-18-36. Initial run actually gave us a stable overclock at DDR4-3200, which is actually fine considering the kit is rated at 3200MHz. This kit has Samsung B-Die memory chips, which would presumably perform well in terms of overclocking.
Giving it a bit more overclock, it actually did up to DDR4-3600MHz with a bit of tweaking at the timings and voltage – if you want higher than that such as DDR4-4000, you should get the higher-rated kit, such as the one rated at DDR4-4000MHz CL19. We’ve encountered some stability issues with clocks higher than 3600MHz so we’d thought that this is the limit, and going way higher would just waste our time.
Notice the jump in the scores between 3200MHz and 3600MHz. A notable increase in the write speed was unexpected but hey, who doesn’t want that?
Software and Lighting Integration
CORSAIR’s iCUE software is indeed one of the good software for RGB customization out there, and with that said, that also applies to customizing the Vengeance RGB PRO.
By default, the RAM’s lighting configuration would be some sort of an unsynchronized wave that is going out nowhere. With the free iCUE app from CORSAIR, you’ll be pleased to control it and enable several lighting effects – and even synchronize them with your other CORSAIR devices (in our case, a CORSAIR Harpoon Mouse).
It offers several lighting effects to begin with, including your favorite Rainbow Wave and whatsoever (see the photo above for the full list). You can even type a hex color code to get your preferred color (in our case, just Red because we love Red Velvet, you know – kpop fans would understand).
The software is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, especially if you have only one CORSAIR device. And if you have multiple CORSAIR device connected and is supported by iCUE, the software will initially detect it and will display its available configuration options (in our case, DIMM Setup, Lighting Effects, Timings, Graphs and Notifications).
I was actually glad to pick a color and have it immediately be displayed on the modules. Like what I’ve said earlier, color representation is almost precise, and that’s an absolute good thing to point out.
You can know more about CORSAIR’s iCUE app and download it HERE.
The market for these full-glow RGB RAM kits were once dominated by G.Skill and its TridentZ RGB kits. Now, it has been proven that aesthetically, there’s a new contender to stand against the TridentZ’s dominance. A more neutral, subtle design which would fit most builds and themes, as well as a good software integration and control makes the CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro a good pick.
Adding to that is its great performance especially when overclocked, although our kit here hasn’t really exceeded our expectations. Another bonus would be the support for popular RGB platforms such as MSI Mystic Light as well as GIGABYTE RGB Fusion. Since we’ve tested using an AsRock motherboard, we had to use Corsair’s own iCUE instead.
Lastly, CORSAIR gives the buyers a limited lifetime warranty which would give customers peace of mind.
With that said, we’re giving the CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro our ‘Seal of Recommendation’ as well as our ‘GOLD AWARD’!