This is my second article in the Skyrim ENB review series concerning an upgrade to a decent gaming rig. Technically, I can’t say that the post is entirely related to Elder Scroll Skyrim or K ENB Living Lights mod because it would be a like making a big mistake on my part. However, among many reasons for me to upgrade to 16 Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz RAM, one of them was directly related to this game in particular.
I am a crazy chick when it comes to pimping out PC games at max details. Started playing Skyrim a while ago, found out that I had to upgrade the Rig to SLI and extra RAM – so here is an update. Also, a majority of this review is dedicated to my experience with 16 Gb Corsair Vengeance modules on the whole. Elder Scrolls and rest of the games are running fine; it is a remarkable experience.
[spacer height=”20px”]Let’s Start with K ENB Living Lights, SLI and Corsair Vengeance 16 Gb RAM:[spacer height=”20px”]
Skyrim, in particular, is a resource hungry game if you have upgraded to any of the K ENB series mods. They are not made for stability, but offer a great visual + gaming experience IF, and only IF, you have a high end PC. I know a couple of players who are still getting by with K ENB and RealVision mod at performance presets, but I wouldn’t call it a “true gaming experience”.
At max details, bokeh and DoF settings, more RAM is needed obviously. My previous RAM modules, 3 X Kingston 1,333 MHz were causing a MASSIVE stutter throughout the open world environment. The game would also Crash to Desktop (CTD) during load screens. Further investigation revealed that Skyrim needed more random access memory to properly digest the multiple processes.
The 16 Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz was a huge jump. I got 2 modules, 8 Gb each, and installed them in dual channel mode. The RAMs were clocking in at 1.5V, with a Latency at 10 – 10 – 10 – 27. By the way, the latency is also written on top of the modules. BIOS and CPU-Z were showing that my Asus Maximus Formula V was oscillating between an average of 0.800 – 0.822 VCore.
They are completely normal stats for newbie level computer users. I am planning to tweak the RAM settings in BIOS interface. I haven’t done that right now because I am waiting on a friend to test these settings; he is more of an expert and professional over clocker.[spacer height=”20px”]
Here are my latest rig stats after upgrading the game for Skyrim ENB series mods:[spacer height=”20px”]
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Formula 5 Series
Processor: Intel iCore5 3570K
RAMs: 16 Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz X 2 Modules
GPU/ VGA: 2 Way SLI – EVGA 760 GTX
PSU: CM Bronze+ GX 750Watts
Did I miss something? Yeah, I am looking to upgrade my computer chassis to HAF or some other high end series – Summer season is going to take a toll on the computer. Coming back to Skyrim and rest of the gaming experience now – the game showed significant improvement.
I was no longer getting any stutters; the load screens had minimal amount of time, and areas + world Map (after upgrading to another high end texture mod) were loading very quickly. In fact, everything was loading instantly.[spacer height=”20px”]
What about Rest of the Gaming Titles on 16 Gb Corsair 1600 Mhz RAM?[spacer height=”20px”]
I tried Assassins Creed IV – Black Flag, Metro Last Light (duh…), Batman Arkham Origin(s) and Tomb Raider 2013 Edition. I wouldn’t count Tomb Raider as a SLI or RAM intensive game, presently with the Rig I have. At 16 Gb, it was loading at minimum intervals; the overall experience felt like a breeze.
EuroGamer Screenshot Assassins Creed Black Flag @ Max Details
Assassins Creed IV was faring particularly well because of the GTX 760 SLI and total RAM availability. The game not only showed improved graphics with everything maxed out, but also went through loading screens painlessly. 16 Gigs really paid off. Now I am going to address some common issues with this RAM. New owners need to be aware of possible obstacles, hardware intrusions and other aspects of owning the Vengeance series RAMs.[spacer height=”20px”]
Possible Hardware + Software Issues with Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 1600 MHz Modules:[spacer height=”20px”]
I am a little skeptic when it comes to altering RAM/ DRAM voltage in the BIOS interface. A friend of mine suggested that I change my default Corsair RAM settings to: XMP profile (already running by default), a change in latencies and custom VCore, which I am not getting at this point. Meanwhile, some guys at TomsHardware.Com said that they encountered the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error after putting these RAMs through a stress test program for several hours.
Stress tests are good applications to test the hardware’s potential. However, there are moments when you can accidentally cause a hardware failure if you don’t know what you are doing. Therefore, I am not going to mess with my 16 Gb Corsair modules, unless and until I am completely sure of the possible outcome.
Someone also recommended that I overclock my i5Core 3570K CPU to 4.5 – 5 GHz. At the moment, I don’t have a proper heat sink or liquid cooling system, so I won’t be doing that either. I do know that Maximus V Formula and the i5 3570K make up for a great gaming rig when overclocked, but I am unable to do that because of the lack of a decent cooling system.[spacer height=”20px”]
16 Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz Placement Issues:[spacer height=”20px”]
These RAM modules have a huge heatsink at the top side. The heat sink, therefore, takes up more volume as compared to those itsy bitsy Kingston 1,333 Mhz modules. If you are using a Hyper series coolant or another giant coolant, your RAMs will be forced to tilt at one side. Here is a photo for ready reference. You can see that the cooler is causing the RAM module to bend, which is extremely risky and equally dangerous for long term RAM life.
While purchasing RipJaw or any high end gaming RAM modules, make sure that your coolant will allow them enough room to sit in their respective slots. Otherwise it will be a waste of money, possible damage to the native RAM slots on the motherboard, and also a lot of headache in the long run.
If you are getting 16 Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz related errors at Memtest interface or blue screens (dumping physical memory errors followed by immediate restarts) at random intervals, try to isolate the modules. Once you have singled out the faulty module, it is time to head for an RMA. Corsair will replace the RAM without causing much trouble. If you purchased these modules at a local retailer, then you are in for a long waiting period. In the end, it will be sorted out though.
At the time of writing this review, I am doing additional reading. Fellow Asus board owners have reported several issues with these RAMs. In case you need additional help or you are encountering an unexpected error, do write to the head editor at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.[spacer height=”20px”]
Word from Corsair:[spacer height=”20px”]
Vengeance memory modules provide users with outstanding memory performance and stability. Each module is built using carefully selected DRAM to allow excellent overclocking performance, and has a limited lifetime warranty.
Vengeance memory is designed specifically for the latest CPUs. Vengeance modules run at 1.5V for maximum compatibility with all Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors, as well as the 2nd generation Intel processor family.