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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1866 Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M2A1866C10

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  • DDR3 1866
  • Cas Latency 10
  • 1.5V
  • Dual Channel Kit

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Vengeance laptop memory upgrade kits are designed for getting the most performance from notebook and laptop PCs. Vengeance memory modules are built with DRAM chips specially selected for their high-performance potential.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
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5 out of 5 eggsFast, Stable, Awesome. If you know what you're doing.

Pros: + Fast, tight timings for its speed class

+ Stable, no errors.

+ Great Corsair Customer Support. Seriously, they handled every question I had, both intelligent and uninformed, wonderfully and promptly.

+ 20%-50% increase in gaming FPS depending on the game and your previous memory module. If you have onboard graphics that support higher memory clocks, this will really help you out a lot if you have cheap RAM in your laptop.

Cons: - This kit doesn't seem to appreciate running at lower speeds under all conditions and cheap laptops. It's very YMMV in this scenario. Make sure your laptop supports this memory before buying it!

- While there were some increased speeds in media encoding and photoshop, I can't entirely attribute them to the memory 100% since it was somewhat random. At the very least, it certainly didn't hurt anything in these areas.

Other Thoughts: Laptop memory is notoriously finicky and grief prone. Especially when it comes to performance memory, which is what this is. This memory is designed for gaming systems or workstations. Not your run of the mill, cheapo lower tiered bargain laptops.

I tested this memory in an HP, Alienware, Dell XPS, Razer, and MSI laptops. Only the HP wasn't qualified to run the memory and sure enough, it acted like all the bad reviews did.

Here's the thing when using higher clocked memory, your motherboard needs to support it, your bios needs to support it AND your CPU needs to support it. It's astonishing how difficult it is to get all three on the same laptop.

First, make sure your laptop's motherboard can handle 1.5V memory, then make sure it can handle the speeds. Chances are, if it can handle both of those that it will also have a CPU that is Sandy Bridge or better, or an AMD APU which can then handle being overclocked to run at those speeds. (I'm not talking about overclocking your CPU clock speed)

Running higher clocked memory often requires the CPU to be overclocked, most bios handle this without you knowing. But on laptops it can raise up other issues, like heat and general CPU stability. So then when your laptop no longer works, you blame the memory and not the system builder.

Make sure your laptop supports this memory. If your vendor can't answer that question it's time to get a new vendor as you have outgrown them if you need performance that they can't relate to. If you have a gaming/performance laptop, that especially uses onboard CPU graphics like an APU or Haswell, this will be a treat. If you have a regular consumer grade laptop, you're better off saving the money on a better laptop than just getting new memory. Just remember that if you have a dedicated GPU in your laptop that this memory won't provide huge speed increases, but it should still help your gaming if you have lower clocked memory.

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  • Eddie A.
  • 9/11/2013 9:13:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Memory

Pros: None

Cons: This memory has been an absolute pain. After my third set in the past 6 months I am giving up on it. Even when it worked it did not run at the correct speed no matter what I did. I even asked corsair tech support if the ram was compatible with my system, but they could not figure out why it would not run at the correct speed after much deliberation. It's going in the trash at this point!

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  • Michael T.
  • 7/3/2013 3:50:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeware InsydeH2o BIOS

Pros: First experience with Corsair Vengeance RAM. Bought it because it was $15 cheaper than the same offering from Kingston, and I had a 10% off coupon from Newegg. I have read the reviews on Newegg and realize that I may be taking a risk here, but that is what the lifetime warranty is for. I have had great luck with Kingston in the past, but for more than $20 less I figured I might as well take a shot with another brand that has an excellent reputation. RAM appears to be high quality and was recognized without a problem.

Cons: My wife's HP G7 laptop has the 1.9GHz A8-4500M quad-core APU. The machine is supposed to be able to handle 8GB of 1866MHz or 16GB of 1600MHz RAM. The APU is supposed to love the faster speed that this kit provides. Corsair customer service tried to help verify that the machine would be able to run it at advertised speeds, but HP's website is just too vague to be any help at all. The BIOS won't even tell you the speed of the RAM, just the amount. Knowing that, the Corsair rep suggested the 1600 MHz kit to stay within factory guidelines from HP, but the 1600MHz kit costs the EXACT SAME AMOUNT down to the penny! So I get the 1866 MHz kit knowing that it will just clock down to 1600 MHz anyway if not supported by the BIOS. I stab it in, run CPU-Z, and sure enough it's 1600 MHz. I call HP and they say they "don't support what I'm trying to do" when I ask about unlocking the Advanced feature set on the Insyde BIOS. The F10+A trick doesn't work on my wife's F.26 BIOS on the G7-2275DX, so now I have to find a BIOS that will allow the RAM to run at advertised speeds in her laptop. HP's "customer service" is literally a mockery of the term. I've had other incidents with them in the past, and WILL NOT EVER buy another HP product again. The hardware is fine, but their "support" is anything but. Sooo, Corsair service 1, HP -3, and three strikes means HP is O-U-T.

Other Thoughts: Hassles present and future aside, the RAM did upgrade the Windows Experience Index for Memory quite a bit, but I was hoping the Graphics and Gaming Graphics would rise, but that won't happen until I can get the full 1866 MHz rocking that APU. If you have a better BIOS, you should fare better than I did.

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  • andre o.
  • 3/18/2013 11:35:46 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswhat a joke

Pros: they're visually appealing... that's it.

Cons: instant BSOD on a Samsung series 3 i7 3630qm. after a restart or two the laptop started. cpu-z reported accurate speeds for 1866MHz ram but the system was obviously crippled by the lag that accompanied this terrible memory unit promptly followed by another BSOD.

Other Thoughts: don't take my word for it... i didn't listen to the reviews even though i thoroughly read them beforehand. worst mistake i could have made.

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  • 2/1/2013 1:38:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Built to Last

Pros: - Fast
- Looks cool

Cons: - Doesn't last
- Expect BSoD down the road

Other Thoughts: I was able to use it for 2 weeks initially before it Blue Screened, then I sent it back to Newegg for a replacement. The replacement worked about 7 months. I had to buy replacement memory to use my computer and now have to deal with CORSAIR Customer Service, at this point I really don't want a replacement of another set of their faulty memory, and the value/cost has decreased by over $30 from the time of purchase.

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  • Pavel P.
  • 11/29/2012 2:02:40 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA - BSOD

Pros: Nice specs if works!

Cons: Came DOA did not work with My Alienware m17x R4

Other Thoughts: Tried all settings XMP, manually setting DDR-1866, tried with lower speed DDR-1600 gives me BSOD and will not boot to windows.
I have latest BIOS installed
Wasted $10 on shipping back to NEWEGG

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  • Won-Gu K.
  • 11/17/2012 6:25:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: fast...?

Cons: I installed windows 8, and I got several blue screens, so I installed windows 7. However, I still got BSODs all the time and I didnt know why.... I ran a memtest, and I got several errors :(

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  • Danny S.
  • 11/3/2012 9:45:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks at the stated settings

Pros: It is Plug N Play memory so if you plug it into a 2nd or 3rd generation Intel Core i5 or i7 laptop it should run at the stated settings.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Lower latencies than the Kingston set. It bumped my Windows Experience Index went up from a 7.4 to a 8.1

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  • Jason E.
  • 9/28/2012 1:21:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo problems

Pros: Very nice in my ASUS laptop k53e

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: None

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat choice for enthusiasts

Pros: My system is an ASUS N56VM laptop with a Core i7 3610QM processor. This memory is a massive upgrade over the stock memory, which was Hynix 4GB DDR3 1600.

Installation was a breeze. This memory was plug and play; my BIOS recognized it instantly and I didn't have to make any adjustments after installing it to get the Vengeance running at its profiled speeds.

This kit was much faster than I expected. In Sandra 2012 SP4a, these sticks scored a 25 GB/s aggregate memory performance, a 4.5 GB/s improvement over the 1600MHz Hynix memory, which makes this Corsair Vengeance an excellent addition to my already beefy gaming laptop.

It also vastly improved my framerate in games such as Aliens vs. Predator and Metro 2033, giving me a 40-50% improvement.

This memory runs quite cool (and looks) as well, and you can't argue with Corsair's lifetime warranty.

Cons: There aren't any major cons with this memory kit. It lacks heatspreaders, but those are unnecessary since the memory runs so cool in the first place.

Other Thoughts: These are speedy, attractive, well-engineered memory modules. I'd highly recommend this product to anyone on the market for high-performing memory for their laptops or other SO-DIMM platforms.

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