With the launch of Intel’s Haswell-E and Haswell-EP chip the era of DDR4 is finally upon us. Compared to the DDR3 we’ve come to know and love, DDR4 offers either more headroom or lower power consumption for the same performance level. The particular kit we’ve been playing with for the past few weeks is a Vengeance LPX kit from our friends at Corsair. As RAM goes Corsair’s Vengeance line certainly has one of the more handsome heatsink designs on the market. The maroon metal contrasts nicely against the matte black PCB.
One of the more unusual things about DDR4 is that because the contact points are so similar to DDR3 they’ve opted to put a wave in them to ensure they don’t accidentally get jammed into an incompatible slot. This wave is a bulge in height in the center of the DIMM compared to the ends. If you look at the closest DIMM to the camera in the image above and follow along the golden pins you should be able to see the wave.
Reviewing RAM is a difficult task because the solutions that are on the market today offer such a high level of thoughtfulness and polish that it’s hard to find any meaningful issues with most kits. This kit from Corsair is no different and while I can tell you it ran perfectly in our test bed, passed a memtest86 run, and defaulted to the 2.6 Ghz clockspeed list on the box none of that is anymore useful than telling you that Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4 is solid RAM.S|A