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Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 DRAM 1866MHz C9 Review

Wazzup DAWfreaks….
I hope you are doing well and that the music is flowing….
The 64bit era brought with it some extremely great hardware and new features for us music making users, and a lot of other users as well.
When building a music PC there are some things that requires some extra attention, RAM is one of them as most of the work we do will demand a fair amount of ram
and it needs to be fast and stable and I personally recommend PC 16 gig as I feel it´s the sweet spot and should do most of you good for a long time.
When choosing ram for your PC there are a huge variety of products that you can use but a rule is, Check your motherboard vendor for compatible DDR, when choosing two or four sticks I recommend you to get two as this will putt less tension on the memory controller and allow you to expand with more if you happen to need it.

Today we are going to look at the Vengeance Pro DDR3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 DRAM 1866MHz from Corsair and see how it performs in a PC based Studio environment, But before we start I would like to thank Corsair for letting me do this review.

About Corsair

Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere.

Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.

Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.

Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 DRAM 1866MHz

Corsair Vengeance Pro Series memory modules are designed for overclocking on the latest 3rd and 4th generation Intel® Core™ platforms, with eight-layer PCBs and ICs specially selected for performance potential.The aluminum heat spreaders provide superior temperature management and have the aggressive look you want in your gaming rig. XMP 1.3 profiles allow for automatic, reliable overclocking.They’re available in multiple colors to let you match your Vengeance Pro memory to your system’s color scheme. As a bonus, they’re priced to deliver class-leading value, so you’ll have more room left in your system build budget. Source



Brand: Corsair
Model: CMY16GX3M2A1866C9B
Size: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
Performance Profile: XMP
Memory Type: DDR3
Speed Rating: PC3-15000 (1866MHz)
SPD Speed: 1333MHz
Tested Speed: 1866MHz
SPD Voltage: 1.5
Tested Voltage: 1.5
Tested Latency: 9-10-9-27
SPD Latency: 9-9-9-24
Warranty: Lifetime

Package and installation

The Corsair Vengeance Pro comes packed in a colorful great looking box that gives a true PRO feeling over it.

The image above shows the side of the Corsair Vengeance Pro that shows the product information.
As we open the box we find the two Corsair Vengeance Pro placed in a secure plastic holding, the cooler on the Corsair Vengeance Pro looks awesome and the blue plate with the Corsair LOGO ads a nice touch as well.

When we flip to the other side we see find a sticker with the Vengeance Pro LOGO.

Installing the Corsair Vengeance Pro was not as simple as it usually is installing memory, this is not Corsairs fault but I wanted to highlight this minor issue so you will know it can happen.

I use the P8Z77-V LX motherboard and aNoctua NH-D14 SE2011 to cool my I5 3570K and the Space between the cooler and the first Memory was minimum so it was tricky to get it in, but once in place there is about 2 mm space between the top of the Vengeance Pro cooler and the lowest fin on the NH-D14 CPU cooler.

With the Vengeance Pro installed it was time to fire up the system and head in to UEFI / BIOS of the
P8Z77-V LX and changing the AI overclock Tuner to X.M.P to adjusted the Vengeance Pro DDR to the right settings.

The initial Windows boot was successful but I am very picky so I rebooted the system and ran a Memtest86 just to make sure.

Testing Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9B

Test System

Case: Fractal Design Define R4
CPU: I5 3570K
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Ram: 16 gig Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9B
System hard drive: Seagate SSD 600
project hard drive : Seagate ST3000DM001
Sample hard drive: Western digital Velociraptor 1TB
Interface: PreSonus FIRESTUDIO Mobile

I wanted to test the Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 with focus on music production so I ran a memory demanding project in both Studio One PRO and Cubase 7 to see how the system would behave with 12 gig+ of samples in the ram.

I also want to give you a view of how the two DAW handles projects with a high amount of ram usage, and to get a feel of how the system speed and stability maintained under more demanding situations.

First I ran the test in Studio One PRO V2 for 1 hour, and the system continued to run nice and smooth.

I followed up with the same test in Cubase 7, and once again the system continued to run nice and smooth.

The Vengeance Pro handles everything i throwed at it without any complains not even when with 84% memory used did the system slow down or behave weird, But I also wanted to look at how the Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 performs in synthetic benchmarks in AIDA64.


Test Results

Read 27620 MB/S
Write 28239 MB/s
Copy 26535 MB/S
Latency 51,7 ns


1333 VS 1600 VS 1866 any difference?
OK now that we have tested the Corsair Vengeance Pro set up as it was designed to run,
i wanted to take a closer look at the performance difference between running the Vengeance Pro in 1333 MHz,1600MHz and 1866 MHz memory clock frequency’s.

The Sample loading time test

The first test i decided to do is load times, For this i decided to use Toontrack Superior drummer 2.0 with The Metal Foundry SDX to see how and if the different RAM speed settings had a impact on how fast samples would load inside Superior drummer.
I also wanted to se if Superior drummer loaded the samples faster in any of my two test DAW Studio One V2 and Cubase 7.

A small note, The samples for superior drummer 2.0 The Metal Foundry is located on a Western digital Velociraptor.

I created a project in both Studio One and Cubase 7, in the projects i added 4 instances of Superior Drummer 2.0 and loaded 4 different presets to get a total RAM use of 5486MB.
I then rebooted the system and set the ram to first run in 1333Mhz. I started up windows and loaded the test project in Studio one and used a stopwatch to get the time it took for Superior drummer to load the samples.
When the loading was done i restarted the PC to clear the ram completely and then loaded the Cubase 7 projects and timed that as well.

This test was then also done in 1600MHz and 1866MHz memory clock frequency’s..

Test Results
mem load test
As we can see in the charter above there is a small difference when loading the samples into Superior Drummer. The interesting fact is that Superior Drummer loads the samples up to 3 seconds faster in Studio one v2 compared to Cubase 7.

CPU performance test
I also wanted to check if there is any CPU performance gain between the three memory clock frequency’s and to do this i once again created identical projects in Cubase 7 and Studio One. These projects was set up with 20 audio tracks (24bit / 44100), on each track i loaded the
meldaproductions free MEqualizer and Mcompressor and on the master buss i loaded the Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressor.
I ran the test for 5 min in Cubase 7 and recorded the highest CPU usage for the software and then did the same for Studio One v2

Test Results
Once again we see that there is a small difference in terms of CPU usage and once again Studio One v2 comes out as the winner, however the numbers only show the difference in the DAW environment and does not show the full strength of the Corsair Vengeance Pro.

Sadly my old ram for some reason have become to unstable to be compared to in these tests but i know how the system felt when they were OK and you can rely feel the difference.

Since I installed the Corsair Vengeance Pro I have been able to see them work with what I do with my PC and these memory does not disappoint, I can fill them close to the edge with samples and they don’t sweat a tear! There is not much to it rely! Corsair is known for their high quality products and they know how to create great memory and the Vengeance Pro series CMY16GX3M2A1866C9 is a most excellent pair of top quality memory from Corsair.

Now this review does not show over clocking as that is not something I am into, nor does it show gaming but I can tell you this, the moments when I go out for some MMO gaming in Guild Wars 2 just like the overall system feeling there is a small but noticeable difference in how the game behaves and loads. So if you are on the market for some high capacity quality memory don’t look any further course I truly recommend the Corsair Vengeance Pro Series.

I would once again like to thank Corsair for letting me do this review.

And to my readers… THANK YOU

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