Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2,800MHz 16GB Kit, Review

What’s important to know about this kit is that it’s a 288-pin DDR4 set. So only look to it if you are on the X99 platform and seeking compatible high performance DRAM.

Unlike the previous Vengeance series, the LPX is a low profile 1.2V kit that is rated at 2.8GHz. The timings are higher than what you’d see with DDR3, but don’t be fooled by that. The operating voltage is very low and the kit does not heat up at all during operation. The performance is plentiful provided you have configured your system properly. XMP does help with this (of which there are two profiles) as the X99 CPU is very sensitive to the Uncore frequency. Be advised that this clock hasa great deal to do with how much performance you can extract from any set of memory.

Assuming you’re well versed with the intricacies of X99 system tuning you’ll find that the LPX delivers in both performance and overclocking headroom. In our limited testing we were not only able to run the pre-configured 3,000MHz XMP profile (it switches to 1.35V) but with further tuning we pushed to 3,000MHz 15-15-15-36 1T which matches the performance of kits costing nearly twice as much. With motherboards improving at a rapid pace we’ve no doubt that you’ll be able to extract even more from this set in future. As it is, this is still one very expensive but great performing kit with the potential to go even further. Unlike previous Corsair kits, you’re not going to geta memory cooler here. This is understandable for two reasons which are primarily because the DRAM just doesn't get hot at all, sometimes not even warm. Second is that for the X99 motherboards, the DIMMS are on opposite sides of the motherboard much like it was with X79, thus you’d need two DRAM coolers for a single kit which would further drive prices up.


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