Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9
Corsair’s Vengeance LP memory range – the LP stands for Low Profile – has high clock speeds with a heat spreader that’s less physically obtrusive that the finned and ridged affairs attached to many high-end modules. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the slimmest RAM you can buy – we’ve previously reviewed modules that are half normal height – but it will fit under even bulky CPU coolers.
It’s a good kit, comprising two 4GB modules with a rated speed of 1,600MHz, produced by an XMP profile which adjusts your memory latency settings to 9-11-9-27. It’s slightly on the expensive side, compared to similarly specified 8GB kits, although there’s not a huge amount in it. At £47, this kit costs £5.99 per GB, while current memory prices are closer to an average £5 per GB.
The CML8GX3M2A1600C9 proved to be a little bit faster in our tests than its rivals, though, managing an overall score of 102 in our application benchmarks. Running at its default detected speed of 1,333MHz, the kit produced an overall score of 101, so the higher clock speeds don’t make a huge difference to overall PC performance.
Although we’d be perfectly happy to have this kit in our system, Kingston’s HyperX 8GB KHX16C9X3K2/8X has similar performance but is around £10 less, so is a better buy.