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Pros: - Bright and vibrant RGB
- Relatively subtle design allows the lighting to be the focal point
- iCUE software gives adequate control and runs well
- Default memory profile enabled and ran without issue
Cons: - A bit tall for "Compact"
- Disabling the RGB on sleep requires a workaround
- Visible hot-sports on RGB diffusers
Overall Review: When I put this memory into my system, I was not expecting the RGB to be as bright as it was. With the overall subtle aesthetic of the sticks themselves, I was expecting a bit more of a subdued light, but this memory commands presence inside a system.
The iCUE software that is used to control the RGB lighting and effects on this RAM, as well as other Corsair products, is one of the best lighting softwares available. While it is quite large, taking up just over 1GB of disk space for just this memory, it offers plenty of lighting customization options, it actually works, and it doesn't constantly crash the system like some softwares that shall not be named here. In my experience, iCUE has generally behaved itself and is one of the few softwares I typically allow to run in the background on my systems. That being said though, one of my favorite options with this memory is being able to set a lighting effect that will play when iCUE is not running.
Now for my complaints, of which there are two. First, this memory is not very low-profile. I understand that the lighting takes up a fair bit of space and I have no problem with that; but I feel that marketing this memory as compact is slightly misleading. Sure, it may be lower profile than some memory, but it definitely isn't small enough to fit under something like a Hyper 212 Evo; however, huge props for listing a height dimension. The second complaint I have about this memory regards turning off the RGB when putting the computer to sleep. When you put the computer to sleep, iCUE is suspended, software lighting stops, and the RAM defaults to the hardware lighting effect. The way to turn off the RGB lighting on sleep is to set the hardware lighting effect to a static color of black (0, 0, 0). There are hardware limitations that cause this problem, but I would love for a better solution.
Overall, this is good memory with a subtle yet impactful design that is controlled with the iCUE software that is strides ahead of many other lighting softwares. I would not hesitate to put this memory in future systems.
Pros: Corsair icue ecosystemGood statsruns great at stockDidn't feel like I had to break the ram to get it out of the packaging
Cons: Asus Prime x570 Motherboard on "auto" timings clocked it at 1066. Could be a motherboard issue though. XMPP settings are there, but the board didn't use them.Only one effect lets you set different colors on the same stick. If it's possible, why not give us the option on more effects.Box says it is compatible with Asus aura, but the armory crate app is not detecting it as an rgb device.
Overall Review: A solid set or RGB memory from Corsair. If you like fancy rgb and you already have some corsair gear, this memory will be configurable within the same software platform. It can link effects together with a mouse, keyboard, etc. For example, when I press a key on my keyboard, a wave-like ripple spreads out from the key, and will flow up to the ram.You can also set the individual sticks of ram to change color based on the temperature of various components. I set one stick to show me the cpu temp and the other to show the gpu temp. It works really well and actually gives RGB a more functional use.Bottom line, Corsair always makes solid products, so you can't go wrong here. If you are already using icue for other devices, then it's a no brainer. Even if you don't typically want RGB, but you want a simple way to keep tabs on your cpu temp these could still be valuable to you.
Pros: First off the RGB lighting is amazing. It's vivid, colorful and bright. It adds a lot of color to your case if you have the side window. I'm running this kit on an ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard with an I7-9700K cpu.
The kit comes well packaged and protected. The ram is a bit shorter than normal and could help those using a fan/heatsink combo. I am using a Corsair AIO so no clearance issues with water cooling. The RAM has 16-20-20-38 timings. The revision of the ram is v4.32, the latest I believe.
It is a crazy simple install and setup. Snap the ram into place, boot up, enter the BIOS and select XMP 1, save and reset. Perfect boot up, timing parameters are spot on and the computer runs absolutely smooth, quick and responsive. You can't ask for anything more than that.
The iCue software is available on the Corsair websites and allows control of the RGB memory lighting. The latest version is available to download.
Cons: No cons as of yet. Everything is working as it should.
Overall Review: DDR4 3200 seems to be the sweet spot for RAM speed today. Fast and super cost efficient. Not sure if you can see, sense or feel faster RAM. Maybe running benchmark programs, but other than that, DDR4 3200 is quite fast. When looking for new RAM or upgrading, keep this on your radar. It is a nice, fast, kit.
Pros: - Bright uniform RGB LEDs.- Fairly "Low-Profile" heatsinks compared to some competitors.- iCUE software is easy to use and intuitive. - XMP profile works without a hitch on AMD and Intel-based systems.
Cons: - Not true Low-Profile, may encounter clearance issues in certain builds.
Overall Review: I would recommend these sticks to anyone looking for a good value product. 3200mhz is pretty standard these days, and the timings are decent. 16GB is enough for most gamers today as well so this is a perfect kit to throw into your gaming rig. The RGB has a nice uniform aesthetic (at least on my samples) and the ram works flawlessly. Just enable XMP or DOCP and call it a day. No issues. The iCUE software is pretty easy to use, and you can even uninstall it after you configure your RGB settings and they will be retained, so that's pretty sweet also.
Pros: Aesthetics, performance
Overall Review: Honestly it has been a LONG time since I was in the custom PC game. I've mostly been work PCs and laptops but when I was invited to review this RAM it kind of reignited my passion (so maybe one of the cons of this memory should be that I am now going to be spending a bunch more money on NewEgg again). I went through some wedding rules with my computer and parts (something borrowed, making the LEDs blue, the RAM being new) and honestly I kind of went down a rabbit hole and got lost in the testing so this review took me a bit longer even though the review itself will be short and succinct.The Corsair iCUE software is honestly pretty great. I've been building PCs since the first hardware monitoring software started and was basically just a temperature sensor that kept a little icon in the taskbar with your temps (all kinds of options like...farenheit or celsius) and this is just so amazing. I can't imagine what it would be like with a full desk of icue compatible corsair gear. The lights in this RAM is bright and easy to see and even though it's pretty tall I've had much taller heatsinks on RAM and it never caused me an issue.No errors on the RAM and very fast. When I go for my next crazy build PC I'll definitely go for this RAM...though I'll go for more than 16GB because reasons (I just like to see the large number in system info).If you're looking for RAM you can NOT go wrong with these Corsair sticks.
Pros: I had 8GB at 2133MHz and installing this 16GB kit at 3200MHz made a HUGE difference.
Can now load 32 chunks in Minecraft at highest settings.
Took my FPS on Cyberpunk from around 45 FPS to a solid 60.
XMP was one click after figuring out the BIOS button.
Cons: Had to remove heatsink to install, but it fits perfect even with an aftermarket RGB cooler which is kind of big.
Beautiful LEDs at default. iCUE software can change them but I don't bother. Default is good.
Overall Review: Did not expect such a dramatic increase in performance over the 2133MHz 8GB kit I already had. But I guess an extra GHz and double the capacity really does.
Running 9th Gen Intel and GTX 1060 on a 300 series chipset.
XMP profile applied without incident
Even with RGB turned off they still look good
Cons: RGB didn't make them run extra fast
Overall Review: I have encountered a number of bad sticks over the years, so I was very happy these were headache free.
RGB is nice if that is your thing, these didn't bother me at all.
iCue is required to control RGB, I am using the Aura plug in to also control my Asus products. Oddly enough, iCue seems to do that better than Armoury Crate actually does at that task. The software is pretty easy to use.
I got 1 kit for Newegg testing and I ordered a second. 32GB total and no regrets!
Pros: Installs easyMinimal Extra packagingRGB lights are excellentRuns at advertised speed
Cons: Not a con for the product, but in my installation I had to do some bios updates to get XMP to work correctly.
Overall Review: I was previously running a single stick of 2400mhz 16gb ram. Upgrading to this unfortunately wasnt super simple because I was a few (22) bios updates behind on my motherboard. After I downloaded them all to a USB stick then walked through the upgrade process (thankfully only had to actually apply like 4) I was able to gete these running at the full 3200 mhz. Be warned that as with any high speed ram, you may have to modify your memory settings to take advantage of it. I had to turn on XMP in my board, but then it auto chose the correct voltages, timing, and speed.Looks absolutely phenomenal, I love that you can change the colors, but I actually have a blacked out case, so after experimenting, I just put it back on the default, and itll be a nice surprise the next time I open my case up. Despite having the RGB strip on the top, these werent actually as tall as I expected, I had no issues with fit.Performance I definitely notice a difference in day to day usage of memory intensive operations. I ran some benchmarks and Im getting between 20 GB/s and 21 GB/s in mixed read/write regardless of single or multi core. My old memory was clocked in at 11 GB/s, so there has been a definite improvement.All in all, I would highly recommend, and Im considering buying another 2X8GB kit to finish off my motherboard now.