Really good buy for price

A Review On: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Rated # 6 in Desktop Memory
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Pros: Very cheap, works flawlessly, integrated heat-spreaders, fast speed, good overclockability.

Cons: Tall head-spreaders might interfere with large cpu coolers, green PCB (nitpicking here)

I bought this kit for my desktop in December 2010, and another 16GB more a couple months ago. The first time around, these worked like a champ. No problem what-so-ever. Plug it in, boot up and Windows recognized all 12 instantly. I haven't done any major OC'ing with these, but with the low voltage (1.5V) it runs on, this does have a fair bit of headroom. The headspreaders seem like a bit of a gimmick, but I cannot attest to how effective they really are.

The second time around when I bought 16 more, my computer wouldn't boot. All I had to do was press the "Mem-Ok!" button my motherboard (ASUS feature) and it pushed them down to the lowest speeds. Jumped into the bios and set them back onto their normal speeds of 1600Mhz and I was up and running again. For those who don't have the Mem-Ok button, resetting the CMOS should work, but I doubt it'll be necessary for most.

The biggest flaw of this kit is the tall heat-spreaders. They will interefere wtih the likes of larger CPU-coolers like the Silver Arrow or NH-D14. I knew this going in, so I bought a Thermalright Archon to compensate. Another very tiny detail is the green PCB - they don't look as "high end" as other RAM kits, but with the heat-spreaders, most of it is covered up.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with this buy, and would certainly buy again if needed.


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