Samsung Green 8GB VLP 1600MHz Kit Review
Published: 6th February 2012 | Source: Samsung | Price: |
The Samsung Green VLP is a bit of an odd one.
We've often spoken about how certain RAM kits end up with heat-spreaders so large that you need to pay close attention if you've got a large CPU cooler because they certainly don't all fit below them. However some, such as the Kingston Genesis, are a perfect height to fit any cooler we've ever seen over the top of. The VLP is so low profile that the latches that hold it in place are higher than it.
So maybe it's not totally about the height. Maybe it's the low-voltage that's important?
In some respects it is. Obviously any reduction we can have in the power draw of our systems is vital to help our Planet. However we've tested the Corsair Vengeance LP and that did 1600MHz @ CAS9 and 1.35v. If you want 1600MHz out of the Samsung you'll need to run 1.5v, and that puts it in range of a huge amount of very high performing kits. Even more you then need to run the slack 11-11-11-28 timings. Generally speaking this doesn't have a noticeable effect upon the performance, but by and large the Samsung was the slowest of the 1600MHz kits we've tested.
So it's not quite as green as it should be, and if you want to run the lowest voltages you take a pretty heavy performance hit. Once again we return to the ultra-low profile part of it. Do you really need a kit only 18mm high? If you do then this sits in a class of one.
For the average person you'll get better performance, at a lower voltage, from the Corsair Vengeance LP. But if you desperately need the combination of low voltage and extremely low-profile, the Samsung is a good choice. For just shy of £40 you get 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, freed from the colour constraints of a heat-spreader. We understand this isn't designed to be a powerhouse, but even in what it does there are better options out there.
So it's good value for money and therefore wins our Value For Money award. It's just a shame that you can't get those low voltages alongside decent timings in the low-profile package.