Around a month and a half ago I upgraded my system to an AMD Ryzen 2700X and MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC board. While the CPU upgrade was a welcome change over my previous 7th gen i5, my system was lacking in the memory department. I had a kit of HyperX 2400 MHz (non RGB) DDR4 memory, and while that speed may seem decent enough, it’s worth mentioning that the Ryzen platform’s relative performance is heavily reliant on memory frequency.
Knowing that I needed to try pick up some faster RAM, I reached out to Corsair who graciously sent over a kit of 2x 8GB (16GB) 3200 MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4 Memory to add to my system. Not only would this hopefully assist me in the increased performance that I was looking for, but it would also suit the rest of my RGB build! I slapped in the memory, booted up my system and was pleasantly surprised by the extremely popping light show before my eyes. I’ve seen G.Skill’s Trident RGB and more recently Crucial’s Ballistix Tracer RGB Memory, and honestly, they have nothing on Corsair.
Thanks to 10 individually lit LED’s inside each unit, the colour shifting flow of light is almost seamless. The RGB lighting can be controlled either via Corsair’s own iCUE software, or via MSI Mystic Lighting and Gigabyte RGB Fusion. From my own testing I’d highly recommend using Corsair’s iCUE software as there’s more lighting control as well as built in monitoring. Inside iCUE you’re able to change the Lighting Effects from the most common “Rainbow Wave” to a variety of other modes including a “Temperature” mode. This will allow you to dynamically change the colour of your memory to match the temperature of your CPU or GPU.
In the general settings you can also change the brightness of the LED’s to try and match your other hardware in your build – something that’s more practical than it seems as the Corsair Pro RGB is by far the brightest RGB enabled hardware I’ve used to date. Monitoring your Memory temperature is also really easy and convenient, although I can only really see this being useful to those looking at Overclocking the memory and wanting to monitor the graph for system stability.
Now let’s talk performance. The standard configuration of the 3200 MHz kit (when using XMP) has a latency configuration of 16-18-18-36, the same as those seen on the Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum Series of DDR4 3200 MHz. Memory Overclocking is possible on these, where I was able to get a stable 3466 MHz, but it’s not highly recommended as these sticks are more focused towards aesthetics rather than overclocking headroom. I tested out the Far Cry 5 Benchmark at Normal Quality in 1080p and received an average of 124 fps with my MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming Trio.
I re-ran the test with the memory frequency overclocked to 3466 MHz (same timings) and saw only a 1 fps increase in framerate. Feeling perplexed as to the minimal performance gain from the increased memory speed, I swapped out back to my 2400 MHz kit and only got an average of 110 fps – a noticeable difference compared to 3200/3466 MHz. Clearly with a Ryzen 2700X a kit of 3200 MHz memory seems like a no brainer – it’s just the right memory speed to gauge a noticeable difference in performance before reaching a plateau of diminishing returns at higher memory speeds.
Overall I couldn’t be happier with the choice in memory for my system. It’s just the right speed to make sure I have no bottlenecks when playing the latest games, and the RGB lighting is like no other. It’s vivid, highly customisable and without a doubt the brightest kit on the market – a massive recommendation from me for anyone looking for RGB memory in today’s rainbow filled gaming world. Pick up a kit at Evetech here.