Corsair is constantly improving the performance and design of its DDR memory series. Early this year, Corsair released the Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 memory series. The SL series is a new range of high-performance DDR4 memory kits in addition to its Vengeance RGB PRO lineup. It is similar to the Vengenace RGB PRO but with SLight physical and aesthetic changes. If you’re looking for a DDR4 memory that performs well, without breaking the bank and with RGB lighting, check out our Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 review below.
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4-3200MHz CL16 Review
There are several improvements present on the newer Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 memory kits. For starters, Corsair has adjusted its height to only 44mm tall. It offers better compatibility and clearance, especially with a tower-type CPU air cooler. There is also a ten RGB lighting zone that is fully customizable using the Corsair iCUE software.
As for the internals, it is similar to the Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4 series. It’s still the same high-performance and reliable memory, with each memory chip carefully screened and selected for high performance and overclocking potential.
When it comes to platform compatibility, the Vengeance RGB PRO SL is optimized for Intel and AMD motherboards. It is also available from 16GB up to 128GB memory kits, with speeds of up to 3600MHz. Finally, it is available in both black and white color themes. Now let’s take a closer look at the memory itself.
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4-3200MHz Specifications
Packaging and Closer Look
The kit that we have here is a DDR4-3200MHz CL16 with a 32GB capacity, four sticks of 8GB memory. Corsair adopted a new style for its packaging, generally with the triangle pattern. You can also see this kind of pattern on Corsair’s chassis and other products.
Inside are four sticks of DDR4 memory, 8GB each. The dual memory kit is similar, but the retail box is slimmer since it only houses two sticks inside.
There are only two (major) differences between the Vengeance RGB PRO and RGB PRO SL. One is the height, from 51mm of the RGB PRO down to 44mm of the RGB PRO SL. Another is they changed the shape of the cutouts. The RGB PRO has diamond cutouts on its heat spreader, meanwhile, the new SL has triangle cutouts. As I mentioned earlier, the difference is SLight only.
The Vengeance RGB PRO SL (still) features an aluminum heat spreader and the internal chips and design of the custom PCB are similar to the older RGB PRO kits. And yes, it feels solid and premium on hand.
Unlike the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4, the Vengeance RGB PRO SL only has 10 regular RGB LEDs. The Dominator Platinum uses Corsair’s Capellix RGB LEDs, and there are twelve of them. So, the RGB lighting on the Dominator Platinum looks more saturated and vibrant.
I’m not sure how many RGB LEDs the older Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4 has, I think 5 if I am not mistaken. But the PRO SL has 10 RGB LEDs, making it brighter and offering more room for customization. But still not as saturated looking as the Capellix RGB LEDs.
Corsair iCUE Software
Speaking of customization, you’ll need to install Corsair’s iCUE software so that you can fully customize the RGB lighting. I think software from the motherboard manufacturers will also work and may give you a certain amount of control. But you’ll have better control and customization with the iCUE software.
Aside from RGB lighting customization, users can check the status of the Vengeance RGB PRO SL as well. The iCUE software can provide the memory kit’s real-time temperature and can display it in graph form as well.
Test System Used
In testing the Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 memory, I’m using a Z590 motherboard powered by an Intel Core i5-11400F. Below are the rest of the specifications of the system:
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64bit|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-11400F (running stock)|
|Motherboard||MSI MEG Z590 ACE|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4-3200MHz 32GB (4x8GB)|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X|
|OS Drive||Crucial P5 NVMe SSD 2TB|
|Power Supply||SilverStone SX1000 Platinum SFX-L 1000W PSU|
|Chassis||Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini|
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4-3200MHz Benchmark Results
AIDA64 Memory Benchmark Results
I’m not expecting that the Vengeance RGB PRO SL will perform faster than a 3600MHz or 4000MHz memory kit. But I am expecting that, at least, it offers a performance expected from a DDR4-3200MHz memory kit.
Well, my Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4-3200MHz CL16 memory kit did perform as expected. Its performance is quite stable and consistent. Surprisingly, it outperformed my Dominator Platinum by a little bit in the AIDA64 memory benchmark.
There’s no way a 3200MHz memory kit would outperform a 4000MHz memory kit. So I was not expecting it would outperform the Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB DDR4-4000. But at least you can see that the performance isn’t that far and the Vengeance RGB PRO SL’s latency speed is slightly better than the DDR4-4000MHz memory kit that I have.
SiSoft Sandra Memory Benchmark Results
We can see a similar scenario using SiSoft Sandra’s memory benchmark suite. Although, surprisingly, the Vengeance RGB PRO SL outperformed Lexar’s DDR4-3600 CL18 memory in the memory bandwidth test. And it outperformed it again on the overall memory score, including my Dominator Platinum with the same speed.
I’m not sure how it outperformed the Dominator Platinum, perhaps my kit was older or perhaps the memory chips weren’t performing well compared to the newer Vengeance RGB PRO SL. Either way, I would say that the performance of this memory kit is good overall in general.
Pricing and Availability
The Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 memory kit is now available in both black and white color. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty, alongside Corsair’s worldwide customer service and technical support network. The memory kit that I have here, DDR4-3200MHz CL16 32GB (4x8GB) came with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $169.99 USD. Memory prices do change from time to time. So, for the latest pricing and availability, kindly follow the links below.
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 Review Conclusion
Just like the original Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO, the newer Vengeance RGB PRO SL is a good solid performing DDR4 memory kit overall. It’s nice to see that its height was adjusted and lowered and there are now 10 RGB lighting zones. The design and aesthetic look and feel premium and I think it would look nice on a system full of RGB lighting.
There are a couple of things that one may need to consider before deciding to get this memory stick. These Vengeance RGB PRO SL aren’t really “overclocking” memory kits. If you want to experiment with overclocking, you’ll have better results with the Dominator Platinum kits. Also, at this time, the highest memory speed available is only up to 3600MHz CL18. I hope there would be more options in the future. But to be honest, a 3200MHz or 3600MHz memory kit is sufficient for gaming and day-to-day use.
Other than that, there’s nothing to dislike about the Vengeance RGB PRO SL. Oh, it would be nice if they used Capellix RGB LEDs instead of regular RGB LEDs. I think it would look much better since the colors will be more saturated and vibrant.
At the end of the day, if you like some RGB lighting on your system and you like its design. I don’t think the Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL DDR4 would disappoint you, especially with its competitive pricing and great quality.