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CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 review: simple but amazing RAM

As you already know, being DDR5 memory, we are facing a kit that has an XMP 3.0 profile, as well as integrated voltage control on the PCB of each module, so both consumption and temperature will not only be lower, but also more controlled thanks to the software, in this case CORSAIR iCUE.

Unboxing and external analysis

Instead of coming in fancy packaging like we’ve seen with the Dominator Platinum RGB family, the Vengeance DDR5s come in simple yellow and black soft cardboard packaging, with a picture of one of the memory modules on the front. accompanied by the brand, model and capacity.

As usual, on the back of the packaging we find information in different languages ​​and some “windows” that allow us to see the labels of both memory modules.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

Inside, apart from the two modules protected by a transparent plastic blister, we only have a small brochure with safety information.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

Here we have the two CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 modules out of their packaging, in this case in black (they are also available in white). As you can see, the aluminum heatsink is low profile, it comes with a kind of lattice on the bottom and the VENGEANCE logo adorning the center.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

Here you have a closer look at this detail with the name of the model.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

On the opposite side they are the same, but instead of the logo what we have is the rigorous identification label.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

These are memories that, as we said before, have a low profile and will allow us to use them even with the largest CPU coolers on the market. They are simple, almost minimalist, but the heatsinks give them a very good quality feel, as they make the modules feel robust.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

By the way, on the sides we can see a detail that indicates that we are dealing with DDR5 memory modules, since aesthetically they are the same as the previous generation.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

At the top we simply have an ornament with the brand’s logo.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

The heatsink of these memories itself (that is, if we measure omitting the connector part) causes them to rise only 30.1 mm. Low profile, but low.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

In addition, the exact 7 mm thickness of these memories means that they are not too close to each other when we install the modules together, so that air can pass between them to cool their heatsinks.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

Having seen the memories, we are going to proceed to install them on our test bench to test their performance. And when doing so, although the heatsink used does not cover the memory sockets, we can see that we could install it without any problems even if it were, even without having to raise the fan a few millimeters and support it on the RAM. Get in plenty.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

Tests and performance: this is how the CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 works

To test these CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 we have used our Intel Alder Lake-S test bench, in this case equipped with the Intel Core i5-12600K processor and consisting of the following hardware:

  • Intel Core i5-12600K.
  • ASUS Prime Z690-A.
  • Noctua NH-D15.
  • be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 1000W.
  • TeamGroup Cardea A440 Pro 2TB.

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

For the tests we have used Windows 11 as the operating system, updated to date with all automatic updates. We have also used the CORSAIR iCUE software in its latest version, in this case v4.24.193. In addition, you should know that since before installing these memory modules we already had the XMP profile enabled in the motherboard BIOS, we did not have to make any additional configuration and from the outset the memories worked at 5,600 MHz without any problem. (Even though we had some 5,200 MHz installed before).

In the following screenshot of CPU-Z we can see the hardware used to test the memories, and an interesting fact is that this software also detects that the DRAM chips used by these memories are manufactured by Samsung (in these same Vengeance but with lower speeds, the chips are made by Micron).

CPU-Z

Having seen this part, we are going to start with what iCUE, CORSAIR’s unified software, offers us. Right from the start and without having to touch anything, the software perfectly detects the memories and offers us access to its configuration.

iCUE

Of course, since these RAMs do not have any lighting, this section is not available and we can only access the monitoring section. Here we can see both the temperature and the consumption and voltages of the memory modules; The promised update is still pending, which would allow us, in theory, to be able to modify the XMP 3.0 profile and with it the RAM parameters directly from the software without having to go to the BIOS.

iCUE

In the alerts section, as always, what we can do is configure what we want to happen when the temperature reaches a certain point, such as turning all the system LEDs red, making a program run or turning off the computer.

iCUE

Given what the software offers us, we are now going to proceed to see how these memories behave.

Aida64

With this benchmark we are going to measure the raw memory performance in reading, writing and copying tasks with the processor.

Aida64Graph Aida64

We can see that the performance of these memories at 5,600 MHz is excellent, much better than the Dominator Platinum RGB that we tested at 5,200 MHz, although it is true that they are well below the other RAM that worked at 6,400 MHz. It seems that the The speed of DDR5 RAM greatly affects its performance in this type of benchmark.

SuperPi

This benchmark forces the processor to calculate decimals of the Pi number, a task that requires intensive RAM memory performance because the results are recorded directly in it. In this case, we perform the test of calculating 32 million decimal places.

SuperPIGraph SuperPi

The result is as expected, better than with the memories at 5,200 MHz but worse than that obtained with the RAM at 6,400 MHz. What is clear is that despite being a lower range than the Dominator Platinum RGB, these Vengeance DDR5 give us They are delivering outstanding performance.

WPrime

This benchmark is very similar to the previous one, although it uses a different algorithm and also uses 4 processor threads in parallel, so the result is much faster than the one obtained with SuperPi. For this reason, we will use the calculation of 32 million decimal places but also the one of 1.024 million.

WPrimeGraph WPrime

Again, the result here is as expected, and although the times in the Vengeance DDR5 are higher than the others, it is normal, since we have used a Core i5-12600K and in the other two cases a Core i9-12900K. Had the same processor been used, the result would have been between the other two, just like in previous benchmarks.

WinRAR

The famous file compression and decompression software also has its own benchmark, and although again the power of the processor is the most influential here, the RAM memory also has a lot to do with it because information is constantly being sent and collected from memory. during file compression and decompression operations.

WinRAR

The resulting is excellent. To give you an idea, an Intel Core i7-8700K with a CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 at 3,600 MHz obtain 17,757 KB/s in this test.

7Zip

As in WinRAR, in this benchmark we are going to see the power of the PC with compressed files, both for compressing and decompressing, but logically using 7Zip’s own algorithms on this occasion.

7zip

In the same way as what happened to us in the other DDR5 RAM analyzes, the results in this benchmark are stratospheric, with an absolutely incredible performance that makes us think that, perhaps, 7Zip is no longer ready for DDR5 because it is not capable of measuring performance adequately.

Conclusion and verdict

The new generation of DDR5 RAM has been around for a while now, and it’s certainly here to stay despite the fact that at the moment we can only use it with Intel’s new Alder Lake-S platform (it won’t be long before we see the next generation). both from Intel and AMD, in both cases with this memory). The increase in performance that it provides us with respect to the previous generation is overwhelming and, in addition, much more stable and with lower consumption. The only problem, you already know which one it is, and it is that it is much more expensive (although it is true that we now find at least 32 GB kits).

CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5

These CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 RAM memories have shown us during our analysis that we do not need to have a top-of-the-range product to enjoy excellent performance, and that is that they have behaved exceptionally well in all the tests to which we have subjected them, delivering a level performance well above average and, above all, very stable at all times.

In addition, these memories are ideal for those users who are looking for the best performance but maintaining a low profile that allows installing large CPU heatsinks, in addition to a sober and minimalist aesthetic without lighting, since not everyone likes to have a PC full of colored lights.

For all these reasons, we believe that these CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5s deserve our Gold award, as well as our recommendation for both their performance and their design, which we find sublime.

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