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Written by Miles Cheatham   
Sunday, 01 February 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Corsair Dominator 6GB DD3 Memory Kit TR3X6G1600C8D
Nehalem's Integrated Memory Controller
Dominator Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Corsair PC3-12800
DDR3 Testing Methodology
Test Results: TR3X6G1600C8D
Triple-Channel Final Thoughts
Corsair Dominator DDR3 Conclusion

Corsair 6 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

With the introduction of the Intel i7 Nehalemfamily of processors and the various X58 based motherboards that support it, its time to bid a fond farewell to both dual channel memory in general and DDR2 in specific. The entire i7 processor line and their X58 counterparts only support DDR3 and now triple channel is the name of the game. To make things even more interesting Intel has thrown a new internally integrated memory controller into the mix that finally brings the performance of DDR3 to a level we have been expecting to experience since it was first introduced. So are we talking some new and esoteric DDR3 version necessary to integrate with all of this new technology? Not at all, in essence it's the same DDR3 that's currently on the market with a modified SPD to lower the VDIMM requirement to 1.65 Volts which brings it more in line with both the Intel specification and the original JEDEC standard. The only other substantial difference is the DDR3 designed for the i7 based systems is sold in kits of three instead of two to facilitate the triple channel requirement.

We plan to speak much more in detail later in the review concerning the internal integrated memory controller that Intel has introduced with their Nehalembased i7 family of processors. For now suffice it to say that many consumer enthusiasts feel that this controller is several years late in its inception and follows a trend set by their competitor AMD several years ago. Whatever the rationale was for Intel's delay in this component's introduction there's no doubt that we are finally seeing memory bandwidth figures that make DDR3 much more appealing to those consumers that utilize applications that perform best with high memory throughput.

Today, we at Benchmark Reviews will be presenting our findings for the Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D memory kit which is a 6144 MB kit of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs based upon Corsair's high performance Dominator family of memory. This kit has been verified to operate at 1600MHz at latencies of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V VDIMM. These statistics put the TR3X6G1600C8D in the mid-range of DDR3 performance statistically, but as we're all aware a number of memory modules on the market can solidly produce much higher performance figures than their ratings might allude. We plan to use a variety of tests both at stock and overclocked performance speeds to give our readers a solid overview of just what this kit has to offer.


Before moving on to the meat of our review we would be totally remiss if we didn't mention the current economy and the effect it has had on the pricing of many of the high-performance products we review. In most cases we have seen prices fall dramatically. In the case of the Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 6 GB, triple channel DDR3 memory kit the price has plummeted to much less than half of what a similar kit would have cost just a few months previous to this. Granted times are tough but we are seeing the best bang for the buck that we have expereinced in many years with most computer components. If you are considereing a new system or perhaps an upgrade of your current system now is most certainly a good time to make the move.

About the company: Corsaircorsair_logo_stacked_400px.png

Products to Meet the Demands of Performance Computing
Corsair has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed modules since 1994. Our focus has always been on supporting the special demands of mission-critical servers and high-end workstations, as well as the performance demands of extreme gamers. While maintaining this core focus, in recent years, we've also brought our expertise, technology leadership and legendary quality and reliability to memory and other technology products for the more mainstream consumer.
Memory That Meets The Toughest Demands
As a pioneer in high-speed module design, Corsair is a trusted supplier to many computer manufacturers. In high-density memory solutions, Corsair has always been one of the first suppliers to achieve advanced qualifications on Intel, Tyanand SuperMicro server platforms. We also work closely with other major server platform manufacturers to release product that is 100% compatible with their latest server products.
What Sets Corsair Apart?
With more high-speed experience than anyone in the industry, we know the importance of design features like tightly-controlled trace lengths, controlled impedances, clock trace design, unbroken power and ground planes, and selectively plated gold. Corsair Memory has developed an industry-wide reputation for quality, compatibility and performance.
Performance Memory For Enthusiasts
Our flagship memory products are the DOMINATORTMline of performance memory, which is designed for the unique demands of the serious enthusiast community. Featuring patent-pending Dual-path Heat Exchange (DHX) technology, the DOMINATOR family maximizes on performance, minimizes on heat, all the while running with heighten reliability and stability. The DOMINATOR line has set world performance records and won numerous awards. Corsair's mainstream performance memory solutions are the XMS family. The XMS family includes XMS2 DHX, featuring innovative DHX technology now in the mainstream; XMS Xpert, the first modules with real-time display of parametric data; XMS Pro Series, gaming memory with real-time activity LEDs; and XMS2, high-performance DDR2 modules with black heat spreaders. The XMS Family also includes DDR1 solutions in XMS, available in either black or platinum heat spreaders.



# ConsJohn Wiley 2010-04-10 06:10
After trying several configurations, there was only one rock solid setting and that was @ 1333Mhz at 1.65V. Blue screens were starting to occur when the RAM was clocked too high. The other con is it will not see over 6GB RAM on an X58 motherboard. I still am happy with the performance but did not get my total pennies worth either.
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# 32-Bit Limit is 4GB or LessOlin Coles 2010-04-10 08:34
If you're using a 32-Bit Windows O/S, then you'll only realize 4GB or less of RAM. If your video card has a large amount of memory, it will also subtract from the available system memory amount.
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