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Corsair reveals Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 memory, but it may need a fan

By Koh Wanzi - on 16 Sep 2019, 11:17am

Corsair reveals Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 memory, but it may need a fan

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Corsair has announced a new Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 memory kit, its fastest memory yet. These are aimed at the most serious enthusiasts and have been tested to work with AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors and X570 boards, although they are compatible with Intel systems at DDR4-4800 as well. 

Specifically, Corsair says it tested the modules with the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, MSI MEG X570 Godlike, and the MSI Prestige X570 Creation motherboards. 

The Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 kit comprises two 8GB modules running at CL18 26-26-46 timings and a 1.5V voltage. They use specially binned Micron DRAM and a custom 10-layer PCB from Corsair.

However, while the new kit uses the same aluminum heat spreaders as its predecessors, it will also ship with a Corsair Vengeance Airflow fan for improved cooling, which should give you an idea of how demanding these are to run.

Separately, Corsair is also offering a Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-4700 16GB kit for those who really want RGB LEDs. The RGB Pro kit won't work with the Vengeance Airflow fan, but it otherwise features the same DRAM chips and custom PCB. 

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There's one caveat to be mentioned if you're thinking about using kits like these with a Ryzen 3000 processor though. AMD says that its chips work best when the DRAM and Infinity Fabric clocks are tied together at a 1:1 ratio, which only works up to DDR4-3600. Past that point, it defaults to a 2:1 ratio and improves memory bandwidth but comes with a latency penalty.

The 16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 kit also comes with a price befitting its specifications. It's currently listed at a whopping US$984 on Corsair's website.

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