Recently, we received a care package from our friends at Corsair. We heard rumors that some new gaming gear and memory were very close to launch, so you can imagine my excitement. It actually turned out to be a new dual channel Vengeance LPX 2666MHz 16GB DDR4 memory kit. That's right. A dual channel kit and not a quad channel kit. What pray tell does such a dual channel DDR4 kit support you ask?
The new memory supports Intel Skylake processors coming soon (as indicated by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at Intel Developer Forum 2014). We can't tell you the specifics about Skylake yet, but we assure you that Intel is taking care of business. In the meantime, we can focus on this elite high performance Corsair DDR4 memory. This stuff is fast!
Vengeance LPX DDR4 Specifications
The Vengeance LPX series is Corsair's most impressive low profile memory. It's low profile because high performance CPUs often require large high performance CPU air coolers. Dual and quad channel LPX memory fits any and every motherboard.
Frequencies start at a healthy 2400 MHz and go up to an impressive 3200 MHz. Chances are better now that you'll find a CPU that can hit these overclocked memory frequencies. If not, you can always downclock the frequencies and lower timings for much better CPU performance.
The modules used in each kit will be 4GB and 8GB depending on frequencies. The 2400 to 2666MHz kits utilize 2 x 8GB modules. Their crazy fast 3200MHz kits utilize 4GB modules meaning you can get 2 x 4GB or 4 x 4GB.
The VDIMM or voltage requirement is an ever impressively low 1.2 volts. That's so much less considering that some old school dual channel memory required 2.4 to 2.6 volts -- and was much slower (200MHz).
Cost of Vengeance LPX DDR4 Memory
Pricing of the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory should be very comparable to the existing quad channel kits that support X99 motherboards. An entry level 2400MHz 8GB kit starts off around $70 US and 16GB for about $150.
Our Vengeance LPX 2666MHz 16GB dual channel (2 x 8GB) memory kit will most likely retail for $165-170 US given the higher frequencies. The largest 32GB kits will likely be twice that price.
Given that dual channel performance is better in certain applications, the Vengeance LPX 2666MHz 16GB DDR4 dual channel kit is perfect for performance users. Stay tuned and we'll soon give you a look at that performance!