Being a new generation DDR5 memory, we have key features such as the Intel XMP 3.0 profile that should be configurable from the software, as well as integrated voltage control in each module individually, something that will allow us to have greater efficiency. and stability by allowing finer voltage adjustment.
This is the CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR5
As is customary in this manufacturer, the memory modules are packed in a soft cardboard box on the outside of which, in black and yellow, we can see an image of one of the modules on the front accompanied by the brand, model, capacity and speed, leaving information in different languages for the back and some “windows” that allow us to see the labels of the modules it houses inside.
Inside we have a small booklet with safety instructions and a transparent plastic blister to protect the memory modules.
Here you can see the two CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR5 memory modules already out of their packaging. We can see, compared to the Vengeance DDR5 without RGB, that they are slightly higher, which is normal because, as we mentioned before, the manufacturer has incorporated a lighting bar at the top.
The aluminum heatsink is the usual in this family of memories, very elegant and that shows the name of the family, as well as that it is DDR5. “RGB” has also been added on one side, although it is clear that they are RGB memories.
On the opposite side we have, as always, the typical identification label.
Physically, the biggest difference from the non-RGB Vengeance DDR5 is obviously that translucent light bar that the manufacturer has placed on top. It is white in color to promote light dispersion when the system is on.
One last aesthetic detail: right in the center of this light bar, CORSAIR has placed its logo.
Despite being high-performance and illuminated RAM memories, we could actually consider the height of its heatsink to be medium-sized, since as we can see it barely rises 39.4 mm from the connection area.
Having seen the memories, the time has come to connect them to our test bench to check how well they work.
Vengeance RGB DDR5 performance tests
To test the performance of these RAM memories we have used our usual Intel Alder Lake-S test bench, which at the time of this analysis is the only thing that is compatible with DDR5 memories. This is the hardware used:
- Intel Core i9-12900K.
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO.
- be quiet! Pure Rock 2.
- CORSAIR RM1000i.
- TeamGroup Cardea A440 Pro 2TB.
- GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.
To perform all the tests, we have used Windows 11 Pro with all updates installed as the operating system, as well as the CORSAIR iCUE software in its latest available version (4.26.110). An important fact to keep in mind is that the software will not detect RAM memories unless you enable a parameter in the BIOS called SPDWrite. Another important thing to keep in mind is that for these memories to work at 6,000 MHz, you must have the XMP profile in BIOS.
Below you can see a screenshot of CPU-Z that shows us the RAM, processor and motherboard used during this analysis. An interesting fact is that CORSAIR continues to rely on Samsung to manufacture the DRAM chips for its DDR5 memories.
Having seen the hardware that we have in hand, we are initially going to see what are the options offered by iCUE, the brand’s unified software. Right from the start, we can see the compatible hardware that we have on the PC, where the memories appear.
Clicking on the memories, the first configuration tab that we come across is called “DIMM Installation”, and it serves to indicate to the software the layout of the motherboard sockets and where we have the RAM mounted. This serves to be able to generate lighting effects that are homogeneous.
The second tab is “Lighting effects”, and it is where we can precisely configure the RGB lighting in the RAMs. We have already seen this section in depth before, so we are not going to emphasize it further; we have a multitude of effects and we can configure our own, taking into account that each memory module has 10 independent LEDs. By the way, the next tab “Hardware lighting” is the same but for when there is no software running.
The next tab is Cooling, and here we can monitor the temperature and voltage values of the memories. In theory, here we should also be able to configure the XMP profile of the memories, something that was promised to us as one of the great novelties of DDR5, but is not yet available.
In the Alerts tab we can configure just that, alerts. In this way, we can make things happen when the RAM reaches a certain temperature threshold, such as all the red lights flashing, a file being executed or the PC turning off.
Finally, in the Device Settings tab we can control the brightness of the memories and update their firmware.
Given what the software offers us, let’s go now with the performance tests.
Aida64 allows us to measure the raw read, write, copy and latency performance of RAM memories. The processor influences a lot, but this has been the result:
The performance that these memories provide us under the Aida64 benchmark places them in the first position, practically tying with the TeamGroup model at 6,400 MHz, which, in theory, should be much higher (but it is evident that it is not).
In this benchmark we are going to force the processor to calculate the decimals of the number Pi, a task that requires intensive performance from the RAM memory because the results are stored in it constantly. For the test, we perform the calculation to 32 million decimal places.
Here we can see that the CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR5 are penalized by those 400 MHz that the TeamGroup ones take advantage of, but of course the difference is not too palpable and the performance is still optimal.
In this test we perform an operation similar to the previous one but using other algorithms. In addition, it allows us to limit the processing threads of the processor to only 4, so that the comparison is reliable.
In WPrime’s 32 million decimals test we can see a noticeable difference in the time it took to perform the calculation. Although the result is as expected considering that the memories work at 6,000 MHz, it is still excellent.
The well-known software WinRAR has its own benchmark, and in it we are going to see the real performance of the system to compress and decompress files. Again the processor takes precedence in determining performance, but RAM performance is critical here.
The result obtained is impressive, since the CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR5 have been crowned as the ones that have given us the best performance, and by far, leaving behind even the 6,400 MHz memories of TeamGroup thanks to their greater reading power.
Conclusion and verdict
Once again, CORSAIR presents us with a product that practically sublimates everything we can aspire to in terms of RAM, with performance beyond any doubt, the excellent quality to which this manufacturer has accustomed us, and also in full color thanks to its configurable RGB lighting.
In addition, surely the strongest point of these memories is that they are the cheapest DDR5 with RGB that we can find on the current market, although it is true that they are not “the cheapest” as such, if we compare them with other similar products. that promise the same performance, of course they are quite profitable in comparison.
For all these reasons, these CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR5 are worthy of our Platinum award, as well as our recommendation for both their performance and their quality / price ratio.