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Aug 18, 2014

Corsair Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM Launched [Video]

DDR4 random access memory (RAM) is superior to DDR3 in all ways by default, but Corsair decided that even an advanced, already mighty memory technology was not overpowered enough, so it took matters into its own hands.

We honestly saw this coming. After all, while DDR4 is pretty impressive at 2,133 MHz, that only applies when you compare it to normal, non-overclocked DDR3 modules. When it comes to tweaked RAM, though, 2,133 MHz kind of loses its allure in the face of DDR3 modules and kits pushed to 2,300- 2,800 MHz or higher. Even factoring in the ability of DDR4 to function on 1.2V instead of 1.65/1.5/1.35 V, it would still be an awkward comparison. Corsair has quite handily eliminated that awkwardness with the introduction of the Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits. Vengeance LPS modules have low-profile heatspreaders made of aluminum and colored red, white, blue, or black. They also boast eight-layer PCBs (printed circuit boards), which allow the heat generated to be low enough for said heatspreaders to handle on their lonesome.

The Dominator Platinum line is even more overkill, constructed out of hand-screen ICs (integrated circuits) and full-size black and white heatspreaders with colored “light pipes” that can be customized. You can even use the Corsair Link to monitor their temperature in real time. Other than the outer design, though, the Corsair Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 kits seem to offer the same things: 2,666 MHz, 2,800 MHz, and 3,000 MHz speeds at launch, as well as a broad capacity range. DDR4 supports quad-channel configurations, you see, but Corsair still wanted to offer something for people who don't plan to get more than two modules.

So, in addition to the 16 GB (4x 4 GB), 32 GB (4x 8 GB), and 64 GB (8x 8 GB) kits, there are Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 kits of 8 GB, composed of two 4 GB modules. Sales will start at the end of the month, which is when the prices will surface at last. DDR4 memory is not supported by many motherboards yet, but the new Haswell-E Core i7 Intel CPU line and the Haswell-EP Xeon series kind of made it necessary for such platforms to come out. So if you happen to be browsing and spot a motherboard designed around the X99 chipset, you're all set. In theory, DDR4 memory allows for 16 GB to be packed on a single module, but such products will only be launched in 2015. When that happens, you can be sure that Corsair will release 128 GB 8x 16 GB kits.

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4
Images credits to Corsair


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