With the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL, the manufacturer is offering a new RAM series. As you can easily see, it is not about the reinvention of the wheel. SL means here that the well-known design of the Vengeance RGB Pro has been transferred to a flatter design. We looked at the memory as a kit with two 16GB and 3600 MHz clocks.
“SL” can be translated here as SlimLine. Because, as can be seen from the test of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro, the manufacturer has actually not changed anything in the design apart from the lower construction. The new RAM is available at clock speeds of 3200 MHz and 3600 MHz and is offered in kits from 16 GB to 128 GB. The series has retained the built-in RGB lighting, which can of course be controlled via iCUE. But ASUS Aura and MSI Mystic Light are also on the compatibility list.
The exact specifications of this sample can be found in the following table. This is a kit specially tailored to AMD AM4 systems. Presumably, this affects the settings made by the XMP. The readout revealed that the manufacturer is installing Micron B-dies here.
|Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL|
|price||~ 185 €|
|Manufacturer homepage||www. corsair .com|
|Clock rate||DDR4- 3600|
|Module size||16 GB|
|XMP profile||Yes, XMP 2.0|
Detailed view of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL
In addition to the present Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL with a black heat spreader, the RAM is again available with a white heat spreader. The same is also the case with the Vengeance RGB Pro, which remains in the range as it is only an addition. You choose this step because you don’t have to do without lighting even with expansive coolers. Because up to now the Vengeance RGB Pro was considered the flattest model of the manufacturer with colorful light diodes. The Vengeance LPX is flatter but free of lighting. ~ 44 mm instead of 51 mm are now taken in height. The aim is to ensure better compatibility with the Corsair A500, for example.
As mentioned, the memory sticks are specific AMD AM4 models. The timings of the CL18-22-22-42, however, are identical to the Intel counterparts. The voltage of 1.35V for the XMP with 3600 MHz is also identical. Differences should therefore be found in the sub-timings. When reading out Micron B-die ICs revealed themselves. These seem to be used in other memories from the manufacturer, as the Vengeance RGB Pro, for example, is offered with the same timings, which was not the case some time ago. This is not surprising, since the memory manufacturers have switched to newer models. The high-quality Samsung B-dies (see e.g. Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB and Special Edition Contrast) were discontinued, for example.
The RAM is not intended for extreme overclocking either. The heat spreader also serves their purpose but are much less massive than the Dominator Platinum RGB. Overall, the cooling concept is also designed more simply. The same goes for the lighting. Instead of the specially developed Capellix RGBs, “normal” diodes are used. Ten of these are installed, which can be individually controlled. They radiate into the same diffuser as is installed in the non-SL.
As you can see, the manufacturer has also applied the new product identification here. “RGB Pro // SL” can be found on the sides. The Vengeance lettering has also been revised and is now simpler. Instead of colored “RGB” tags, the series affiliation is shown more clearly.
Since the lighting is not really new, there are only a few impressions below. The RAM also shines brightly and evenly here, just as you know. Compared to the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB, the lightness is slightly lower, but flowing effects can be displayed better because the diffuser is designed to be continuous. How to control the ten RGB diodes using iCUE, we have spared ourselves at this point, since there are no differences to the previous models. If you want to get an impression, you can get it in the article on the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro.
Our AMD memory test system
The basis of the system is the MSI MPG X570 Gaming Carbon WiFi, which, according to the manufacturer, can control RAM with up to 3600 MHz via XMP. So that this can be achieved, we use a Ryzen 2000, here specifically the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. The eight-core is cooled by the be quiet! Dark Rock 4. An MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X is responsible for the graphical output. We use Windows 10 Professional in the 64-bit version as the operating system. The installation is placed on a Corsair MP510 NVMe SSD.
To check the stability of the memory, we use the programs Sandra SiSoftware and AIDA Extreme Version 4.00. This gives the reader a rough overview of various values such as throughput and access times. Only settings that pass both test programs without errors are considered and listed as stable. The following overclocking settings were found to be stable on the Zen + system. Tests with a Zen 2 CPU and B550 chipset will be submitted later. Because the memory is already limited by the setting. The IC is also used on RAM with 4000 MHz, which should also be set as a goal for the OC. A mainboard is used for this, which is intended for RAM-OC.
|3600 MHz / 1.35V – CL 16-18-18-38 1T|
Since the overclocking potential depends particularly on the quality of the memory chips and the rest of the system, our results cannot necessarily be transferred to other systems, but rather should be understood as trends or guidelines. Unfortunately, the RAM on the AMD system was very bitchy. Although we were able to achieve a higher clock rate and operate it stably, there was no increase in speed, because fine-tuning the timing leads to instability. The settings used can therefore be described as conservative. But with more patience, you should be able to achieve more.
Test results and benchmarks in series status on the AMD system
The results of the memory kits in series production were used in the following illustrations. Of course, there are strong differences due to the modules, which are sometimes significantly higher clocked. But even with the same frequencies, the timings and sub-timings can still cause differences in performance. Since we have only recently started using the AMD system, we have only included the last two kits in the comparison.
Despite the poor timing, the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL keeps up well with the Vengeance RGB Pro in terms of reading throughput. One cannot speak of a real advantage with the slightly sharper timing here. In terms of write throughput, the in-house competition is even overtaken and almost equaled with the HyperX Fury RGB, in which the kit consisted of four modules. In terms of copy throughput, the Hyper X Kit can still keep the lead, followed by the Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast and again the Vengeance RGB Pro SL. The low access time shows that the RAM was really designed for AMD systems. Here it keeps up with the modules with Samsung B-Die ICs.
In terms of memory throughput, the kit takes fourth place. It is beaten by lower clocking kits from XPG and again HyperX. The Contrast also retains its top position. As you can see again, the alignment makes a difference. The Dominator Platinum RGB with Intel XMP scores roughly on the same level despite the actually high performance.
Test results and benchmarks with overclocking
The maximum achieved overclocking settings of the current kit were used for the following diagrams. Due to the high effort, we could not repeat the procedure with the other kits, but we will add it to the list in the next test.
As you can see, the timing makes a crucial difference with overclocking. When it comes to reading, it occupies third place, although the podium places are all occupied with 3600 MHz. The sub-timings still make the biggest difference, which can be seen all too well in the main timings. When writing, the RGB Pro SL then slides far down the list. So here you would have to fine-tune the settings again. The copy throughput also reveals the same. However, it turns out that the access time can be significantly reduced and thus the top ranking could be achieved.
The memory throughput is also rather weak. Here, too, it means that the sub timings have to be further optimized. Nevertheless, the initial value could be improved slightly. But one thing can be said – when it comes to voting, the Micron B-Die is not quite as gracious as, for example, the Samsung B-Die.
At this point, however, it can already be revealed that 4200 MHz could also be achieved on another, more recent AMD platform. Another test will be submitted on this platform so that the gaming performance is also examined again.
The Corsair shrinks the Vengeance RGB Pro to the size of the Vengeance RGB Pro SL, which should especially please users of air coolers. A height of ~ 51mm can be a problem. With 44mm now you get on the level of the G.Skill Trident Z RGB or Neo, which is acceptable if you don’t want to do without RGB lighting. The HyperX Fury RGB, for example, is even flatter, but you don’t get the decisive advantage of the Corsair thereRAMs: iCUE. There is simply no other way to put it, the software leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to lighting. The Pro SL hasn’t really changed the lighting, but that’s not a disadvantage. Thanks to the diffuser, effects are displayed evenly and cool color transitions can be created.
There is nothing to complain about in terms of performance. In the tests, the RAM was on par with other memories or even better. With the new Micron B-Die ICs, the timings are a bit slacker, but that doesn’t have a significant impact. Besides, one can say that the RAM theoretically has an OC potential. With the Ryzen 7 2700X, this just couldn’t be revealed yet. However, a clock of 4200 MHz could be achieved with a Ryzen 7 3700X. Besides, the IC is also installed on kits with 4000 MHz ex-works.
The current price can be classified as fair. Kits from other manufacturers with the same specifications can be found in the same price range. And again you can use iCUE as an advantage here. Overall, we would like to recommend the RAM.
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