With the arrival of quad-channel memory on the X79 chipset, 16GB kits are arriving on the shelves of suppliers. This amount of memory was once only found on servers but why shouldn’t you benefit from a huge pool of RAM on your enthusiast machine. Corsair has two Vengeance kits on the market, the $90 Vengeance kit @ 9-9-9-24 and the Vengeance LP kit with low profile heatspreaders and timings @ 8-8-8-24 which will cost you about $150. Interestingly the timings did not seem to effect the benchmarks in a meaningful way, the extra bandwidth available hides the difference though kits with much looser timing may well have an effect. Speed does still matter as there were improvements on most of the benchmarks once the kits were overclocked. Read on to see the numbers.
"Corsair’s quad-channel Vengeance memory modules are designed to work with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge-E platform. We put two Vengeance kits to the test to see if running DDR3 memory in quad-channel really make all that much of a difference in practical applications like gaming."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Kingston HyperX Genesis Quad Channel 2400MHz DDR3 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 Low Voltage 1600MHz Review @ Legit Reviews
- GeIL EVO CORSA PC3-19200 16GB @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Division 4 Viper Xtreme PC3-12800 16GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Vengeance PC3-15000 16GB Kit @ Tweaktown
- G.Skill RipjawsZ DDR3-1866MHz Quad Channel Memory Kit Review @ Neoseeker
- Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x4GB kit x 2) 1600MHz Quad Channel DDR3 @ Hi Tech Legion
I can remember having to pay
I can remember having to pay $200 for 4GB just a few years ago. I’d like to see more of a push towards 8GB modules, eg 32GB kits. (I know what you’re thinking – nobody needs that much, but on my system even with 24GB I’m running out of memory. Plus, if I had the memory to spare I could create a ramdisk to store my most accessed files.