Packaging and Closer Look
Corsair’s packaging is pretty much standard on their current lineup and you can expect quality packaging from the company. The Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4’s packaging is compact, but the memory modules are protected by a transparent plastic casing inside. The box itself doesn’t feel flimsy as well.
And here’s what’s inside the box, four Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4 memory sticks that feels solid and you can tell that it’s made of high quality components and materials. The surface of the heat spreader is matte black and there are stickers on both sides; one is for the Vengeance LED logo and the other is information regarding the memory stick.
On top, you can see some angled cut outs where the light can pass through, giving it that nice looking effect. I have to admit, the LED bar beneath the cut-out panel is pretty simple, but the angled cut-out design made it really sleek-looking. I just wish Corsair also made the logo opened or cut-out as well so that the logo will have illumination too.
Also, the LED lighting effect on the Vengeance LED cannot be controlled. It’s constantly running on a fade-in / out effect, similar to a breathing effect. If you only get two sticks installed, it doesn’t look quite as good compared to when all four sticks are installed (on a Z170 motherboard). I’m not sure if Corsair will release an updated version of the LINK software where you can control the LED effects on the Vengeance LED DDR4, but it would be great if they can do that in the future.
The top panel is removable; I’m not really sure what the reason is but probably so that you can position the Corsair logo in an upright manner depending on the DIMM slots on your motherboard. Not all DIMM slots are position similarly in all motherboards. Some are upside down and vice versa, and it sucks when you bought a “shining” memory only to find out that you are forced to position it upside down or the memory is facing the opposite side, concealing the logo / name or facade of a memory stick. The top panel could also act as a lock, or holds both sides of the heat spreader.
The Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4-3200 32GB (4x8GB) kit is a single sided module. It means that all the memory ICs are installed only on one side of the PCB. Above you can see a closer look of what’s underneath the heat spreader. If I am not mistaken, I think there are only five LEDs per stick. The white bar installed on top of the PCB is the one that spreads and evens the light out.
Corsair is using carefully selected Samsung ICs. You can see from the photo above that the Vengeance LED DDR4 kit we have here has 8x Samsung K4A8G08 ICs. I can’t find further information about this specific IC or a detailed one, but this memory kit is rated to run at 3200MHz and can easily be achieved using its XMP profile. Depending on your current setup or motherboard, you may be able to overclock it and push it further, beyond 3200MHZ.
Let’s see if we can push this kit beyond 3200MHz on the next page, and then let’s proceed to the benchmark results.