Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3600 16GB Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 12.11.18

With their Vengeance RGB PRO modules Corsair has some seriously good looking DRAM modules on the market. The customer receives an RGB illumination, which in combination with the black heatspreader, looks quite compelling. Apart from that the specs are interesting as well and DDR4-3600 should add a little performance.

Manufacturer Corsair
Series Vengeance RGB PRO
Part Number CMW16GX4M2C3600C18
Type DDR4
Capacity 16 GB (4 x 4GB)
Frequency 3600 MHz
Timings 18-19-19-39
VDIMM 1.5 Volt
Registred/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Cooling Passive Heatspreader
Waranty Lifetime warranty
Package Type Boxed

  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB

With the Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3600C18 DDR4 kit, Corsair has memory modules in its portfolio which serve the high-end market. A more detailed look at the specifications shows, that Corsair was cautious in choosing the timings. The Samsung chips on these modules are set to run at CL18-19-19-39. If you keep in mind, that other memory makers drive these chips at lower latencies it's understandable why we're saying Corsair is being cautious.

Closer Look

  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB

The new Vengeance RGB PRO modules from Corsair are being shipped in its own cardboard box. Apart from that they have been enclosed in blister packaging.

  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB
  • Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB - DDR4-3600 16GB

The heatspeaders of the new Vengeance RGB PRO have a finish that has been kept in black which makes them perfectly suitable for any build. The heatspreaders on these modules have been very nicely made, consisting of solid aluminum, a good layer of thermal padding and RGB illumination.

Taking the heatspeaders off Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO series is not something we would recommend doing at home due to strong adhesive that requires a very careful approach. Once the heatspreaders have been removed we see that Corsair is putting B-Die chips from Samsung on these modules.

Test Setup

In order to thoroughly test memory as well as memory kits, we're making use of Intels Coffee Lake Refresh platform in combination with a Core i9-9900K CPU. This allows use to drive memory at highest possible frequencies and therefore do proper scaling tests. Different memory chips (ICs) have different sweet spots in the case of primary timings, which is why we're altering CAS latency, tRCD, tRP as well as tRAS. Overall we build six different presets, which - as explained - can be different from IC to IC used on a memory module. Other than that we're also changing DRAM voltages, wheras we're setting 1.20V, 1.35V and 1.50V. There are actually reasons why we're using these voltages. 1.20V is the standard voltage for DDR4 memory. 1.35V on DDR4 is used in case of slight overclocking and with 1.50V you can push the module by quite a bit. Last but not least it remains to be explained how we find out whether a certain setting is stable or not. For that purpose we're running SuperPI 16M.

Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene
CPU Intel Core i9-9900K
Graphic card ASUS ROG Strix GTX1050 Gaming
Memory CMW16GX4M2C3600C18
SSD Corsair Neutron NX500 400GB
PSU Seasonic Prime Titanium Fanless 600W
OS Windows 10 x64 Updated

CAS latency


General + -
Overall it can be said, that the Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3600C18 16 Gigabyte memory kit does what Corsair claims they do and therefore they clear specs without an issue. Apart from that the Vengeance PRO kits do have a reputation for being beautiful and this RGB version kit is not an exception. The RGB LEDs placed on the top part can be controller with the vendor's iCUE software that you can be download from the Corsair website. Nevertheless CL18-19-19-39 at DDR4-3600 is a rather conservative latency set. The maximum frequency this kit could easily cope with was DDR4-4100 at CL19-20-20-39. In this case we had to run it with 1.5V.   - Compatibility with large coolers - RGB  
Scaling   + -
We have noticed linear scaling in almost every test set. If we look at CL16 we see a small degression when setting 1.5 Volt. In all the other presets, there is linear scaling, which is what we want to see.   - Scaling  
Overclocking   + -
Using the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene and our specific memory testing CPU, which has a good IMC, reaching 4100MHz on the memory was actually easy. Unfortunately we weren't able to push the frequency any further. In this case we have to feed the sticks with 1.5 Volt.   - 4 GHz+
Recommendation / Price   + -
Checking for prices we find the Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3600C18 16 Gigabyte kit listed for 230 Euro. Corsair is therefore continuing with their pricing scheme and these Vengeance RGB PRO modules are definitely no bargain. We would honestly like to find these modules for less then 200 Euro. Considering that other manufacturers are offering DDR4 memory kits with a tighter latency set for a lower price these modules are facing tough competition.     - Price
The Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3600C18 receives good 4 out of 5 stars.

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