Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB CML8GX3M1A1600C10 review
Corsair Vengeance LP memory is designed to be sufficiently low-profile to fit comfortably below the edge of even inordinately huge CPU coolers while still having enough of a heat spreader to keep the RAM cool when it’s working hard at its 1,600MHz rated speed. This is a single module rather than a kit, which means you won’t be able to take advantage of a motherboard's multi-channel memory support.
The module has an XMP profile which clocks it up from its detected speed of 1,333MHz to its rated 1,600MHz and adjusts its latencies to 10-10-10-27. Running at this speed, it produced an overall score of 100 in our application benchmarks, a match for our reference configuration and a single-point improvement over its score of 99 at 1,333MHz.
The wide availability and low cost of 8GB memory modules is one of the biggest changes in the components market that we’ve seen over the last year. This single £35 module is all the memory you’re likely to need for a Windows 8 system. The fact it only takes up one slot means it's a good buy for a PC with only two memory slots, as this means you'll be able to upgrade to 16GB later without sacrificing any modules you currently have, but you won’t get any of the performance benefits from motherboards that support multi-channel memory.
With a price per GB of just £4.88, this is one of the most cost-effective memory upgrades you can buy. There are cheaper options for those on a budget, such as the 4GB Kingston ValueRam KVR1333D3S8N9HK2/4G kit, and there are slightly faster kits available at a similar price, such as the Kingston KHX16C9X3K2/8X. However, the CML8GX3M1A1600C10 module is a good buy if you're short on memory slots and want to upgrade further in the future.