Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LED Review
Published: 18th October 2016 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
Memory kits are always the most difficult item to review. Most of us buy one kit when we get our system, or refresh the majority of our hardware, and we stick with it throughout the life of that CPU. Part of this is because the performance gains between a slow kit and a fast one are relatively negligible, certainly when compared to getting a better CPU or a GPU or a faster storage solution. And, until now, they've all looked very similar when buried in the darkness of our case internals.
Because of this saying "no, this memory kit really will make a huge difference" is the equivalent of trying to tell people that the Emperors clothes really are beautifully woven. Fortunately the Corsair Vengeance LED has all the benefits that we're used to finding from Corsair - huge choice of possible versions to suit every need and pocket and all wrapped up in a beautiful heat spreader - but with the additional bonus of having the LED light bar across the top of the kit which is sure to catch the attention of even the most jaded user.
Although the Vengeance LED kits are available in the famous old three colours of Red, White and Blue we only received the Red and White in our offices. Obviously white LEDs isn't a difficult thing to get right, so let us talk about the Red for a moment. As you can imagine with our Oberführer loving white and red as he does there have been plenty of things with red lighting to test out, and more often than not these prove to be either slightly orange or slightly pink. Getting a deep, rich, heavily saturated red has, until now, been as easy as discovering the secret of Alchemy. Corsair have absolutely nailed it though, with the red on the Corsair Vengeance DDR4 LED Kit (Red) being a true blood red. Deep. Rich. Gorgeous.
If there is one slight complaint with the lighting it's that, currently, the default is to have the LEDs breathing, and if you wish to make them static you need to install the Corsair software. We definitely think that it should be the other way around. We can count the number of people we've met who don't find breathing LEDs supremely annoying on the fingers of one finger. Getting everyone to install their software package just to make them static seems an odd choice.
In short, if you want a kit that will not only look as beautiful when your system is off as when its on but also provide you with all the bandwidth and capacity that you could ever desire then the Corsair Vengeance DDR4 LED is a superstar and easily wins our OC3D Aesthetic Award.