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Corsair Vengeance RGB Memory Preview

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Maki role 21st March 2017, 13:25 Quote
Cue all the masses who suddenly say they own Fractal R5s without windows and have duct taped over any and all lights. That's usually what happens when an RGB product is reviewed right?
chrisb2e9 21st March 2017, 13:46 Quote
It's pretty, but I don't get it. What's the point? I haven't seen my ram in so long I don't even remember what it looks like.
Gareth Halfacree 21st March 2017, 13:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Maki role
Cue all the masses who suddenly say they own Fractal R5s without windows and have duct taped over any and all lights.
Define Mini and Blu-tak, but otherwise yeah.
Wakka 21st March 2017, 14:02 Quote
I don't really get the hate for RGB either - it's not like there isn't options to go without, and even if it does come as a side-feature of a product you do want, there's a 99% chance you can disable it.

Just because you can use all the colours of the rainbow, doesn't mean you have to either - if you were doing a themed build but wanted the flexibility to change the theme half-way through/a year down the line, it's a lot cheaper to load up CUE/Link/CAM/Aura and do it that way than buy a bunch more fans, new RAM, peripherals etc.
hyperion 21st March 2017, 14:28 Quote
It's just a running joke, no? I don't think it seriously bothers anyone. Although it doesn't help that it's the nerd's equivalent of a boyracer with CCFLs under their Corsa :p
rollo 21st March 2017, 19:33 Quote
The price would bother me, I paid less than £60 just last year for 16gb of corsair 3000mhz ram and better timings, A bit of colour and its now £160. I know memory has gone up but thats some crazy mark up.

The bundle I got was £629 its now £749, I would bet the bulk of that price increase is memory alone.
bawjaws 21st March 2017, 19:57 Quote
Memory in general has increased in price ridiculously - you could get 2x8GB of DDR4 3,000MHz for £75 a few months ago. Now it's more like £125. 2x8GB of this RGB RAM at 3,000MHz is £155 on Scan, so a £30 premium for RGB. That seems not unreasonable if you want to have multicoloured RAM.
Combatus 21st March 2017, 20:10 Quote
Yep it's not unreasonable at all given you're getting full RGB with funky lighting effects for another £25. Can't help RAM prices though - it's not Corsair's fault.
IamSoulRider 21st March 2017, 20:38 Quote
So like, where's the review?

We had a nice chat about the RGB lighting, then I was waiting for the actual performance review, and got nothing.

If you don't plan to review the memory itself maybe change the title from:

corsair-vengeance-rgb-memory-review

to

corsair-vengeance-rgb-memory-lighting-review
Anfield 21st March 2017, 20:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Yep it's not unreasonable at all given you're getting full RGB with funky lighting effects for another £25. Can't help RAM prices though - it's not Corsair's fault.

Indeed, 2x8GB DDR4 3000 with single colour LED is £140, going by the £150 mentioned at the start of this review that works out at only a £5 premium per module to get rid of conflicting colours.
bawjaws 21st March 2017, 20:48 Quote
Yeah, much as LED lighting does nothing for me personally, it's good to have options for those who do like this stuff, and the idea of having nice coordinated lighting throughout a build has to be better than a nasty clash of different colour LEDs.

One thing I am a bit curious about is the calibration of colours for different products and different manufacturers. I imagine it's too much to ask that setting all of the LEDs in your various products (motherboard, RAM, GPU, LED strips, fans) to the same colour would actually give you a consistent colour, especially if each item is from a different manufacturer.

Is this the case, or are things a bit better than I imagine?
Vault-Tec 21st March 2017, 20:50 Quote
The only thing I don't like about RGB lighting is when you have to pay for it when you are not using it. It definitely drives up the cost of the part and if you don't want the lighting it can be annoying.
Combatus 21st March 2017, 22:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by IamSoulRider
So like, where's the review?

We had a nice chat about the RGB lighting, then I was waiting for the actual performance review, and got nothing.

If you don't plan to review the memory itself maybe change the title from:

corsair-vengeance-rgb-memory-review

to

corsair-vengeance-rgb-memory-lighting-review

A couple of reasons: we're a man down this month due to an extended staff vacation so short staffed/time limited on the tech review front. It's also the first time we've looked at memory in six years, so at the moment we have nothing else to compare it against on the site and no dedicated memory test system. This was a one off for obvious reasons, but we did do a bit of overclocking at least.

However, if we get some noise asking for more memory reviews then we'll happily oblige, but I seem to remember a few years ago a forum post saying memory was too similar and bland and all kits perform the same at similar timings and identical frequency. That said, you are right that with no performance testing, this is more of a preview of the lighting rather than a full review, so I've knocked it down to preview ;)
23RO_UK 21st March 2017, 22:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
However, if we get some noise asking for more memory reviews then we'll happily oblige

Consider this a request for you to do so :D

A REVIEW of the G.SKILL Trident Z RGB Series would make a great start ;)
Combatus 21st March 2017, 23:10 Quote
Seems like a good pairing to start :)
IamSoulRider 22nd March 2017, 22:49 Quote
You don't have to test every stick every time it comes out, things like RAM you can do as quarterly group tests testing the latest, and showing the results from anything still on the market. It's a bit less complicated now AMD use DDR4 as well, but it would be interesting to see how the different RAM stack up with the different CPU brands.

Not every review needs to be as individuated as a graphics/motherboard/cpu review.
Speed 22nd March 2017, 23:48 Quote
As nice as it is Corsair don't exactly have a great track record with the Link software. I can imagine there being more than a few teething problems!
ooey 22nd March 2017, 23:55 Quote
Just what is the point in LEDing memory sticks? I like to have my PC hidden away so I can't hear it!
Speed 22nd March 2017, 23:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by ooey
Just what is the point in LEDing memory sticks? I like to have my PC hidden away so I can't hear it!

Then maybe just maybe this product isn't aimed at you... ;)
dunx 25th March 2017, 23:27 Quote
As someone old enough to see Joe90 and UFO the first time around, I have a soft spot for blinking LEDs....

I actually bought some Crucial Ballistic Tracers for x58 ! ! !

The orange of my Gigabyte Z87X OC FORCE looks lovely with the LEDs..... and it's on the floor next to my desk, so windowed case or not it's only sub-ambient lighting....

dunx

P.S. All PC gear seems to be going up in price, PSU prices have all gone up, except for clearance items.
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