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Corsair introduces low-profile Vengeance memory

by Parm Mann on 31 May 2011, 03:45

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Corsair's product range might be getting bigger year by year, but the manufacturer isn't forgetting its roots and is expanding its range of memory solutions with the launch of the Vengeance LP.

The modules, pictured below, are the latest addition to the mid-range Vengeance line and feature a low-profile 26.25mm heat spreader designed to fit around meaty CPU coolers.

Handy if you need the additional clearance - these are over 21mm shorter than standard Vengeance DIMMs - and they're available in a range of colours, too, including Jet Black, Cerulean Blue, and Special Edition Arctic White. What makes the Arctic White special? A reduction in operating voltage from 1.5V to 1.35V.

We've yet to receive word on pricing, but the following range of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB kits will be launching next week.

Size Speed # of DIMMs Heat Spreaders Part Number
16GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 4 Cerulean Blue CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
16GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 4 Jet Black CML16GX3M41600C9
8GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 2 Jet Black CML8GX3M2A1600C9
8GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 2 Cerulean Blue CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
8GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.35V 2 Arctic White CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
4GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 2 Cerulean Blue CML4GX3M2A1600C9B
4GB 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 2 Jet Black CML4GX3M2A1600C9



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Extra-large CPU cooler impeding your system memory? Corsair has the answer.
I had exactly this problem at Christmas time when I was putting together my new rig - old-style Vengeance+Noctua_NH-D14 wasn't a viable combination. Anyway what I did was very carefully use a screwdriver to open the metal tags holding the heatsink together and then very, very carefully lever off the heatsink (it's only held on with thermal tape). Then the modules fitted fine beneath the Noctua!

I've not run any special soak tests, nor overclocked the RAM, but MP3/MP4 ripping and gaming doesn't seem to have cooked the modules, so I guess there's enough cooling going on. Blame it on Hexus - I saw a good few articles/forum-posts debating the utility of these heatsinks, so I figured I was okay to do the “surgery”.

Maybe I'll consider these new Vengeance modules for my new virtual-machine server - that needs to be mini-itx, so internal case space'll be at a premium. At least, it will be when I get enough money to be able to build it… :(
Agreed with above - RAM heatsinks have always appeared to be completely useless in my experience, certainly at stock speeds.

If the layout of the recently covered Sandy Bridge Extreme motherboards are anything to go by, these low profile (read: normal profile) RAM sticks are going to be the norm for the next few years.
This is what they should have been like in the first place! :censored:

@Crossy. I was going to do this too, until I found out removing the heatsinks voids your warranty. By using stupidly tall heatsinks on their Vengeance RAM, Corsair lost a sale from me.
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This is what they should have been like in the first place! :censored:

@Crossy. I was going to do this too, until I found out removing the heatsinks voids your warranty. By using stupidly tall heatsinks on their Vengeance RAM, Corsair lost a sale from me.

You could just go for the XMS3 1.5v edition instead.
These look good to me - especially the low-voltage set (although the colour wouldn't be my first choice…). If the pricing's right they're going straight to the top of the shortlist for my next build - that position is currently occupied by the standard ‘vengeance’ memory but I'd much rather avoid the inevitable hassle caused by giant (and pointless) heatsinks.