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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 Dominator DDR3 Conclusion

Since beginning this DDR3 series, the presentation rating has been replaced with a performance score. In our system memory reviews, we offer this score to represent the overclocking potential and memory timing capability of the product reviewed. The Corsair Dominator 1600MHz DDR3 RAM Kit successfully overclocked to a stable 1835 MHz for an almost 15% increase while maintaining CL8-8-8-24 timings and 1.65 volts. This performance is excellent for this product and given more manipulation of the timings and voltage, there's no telling exactly how good the performance will get.

Moving on to the appearance rating, I doubt that there was much room for improvement with the new and seemingly flawless Dual-path Heat Xchange Plus (DHX+) Technology. Certainly a polished mirror-finish would make it look better, but it would also detract from the cooling performance that a flat black finish offers. Adding a chrome finish would only help the module retain head, so in reality this module looks as good as it possibly can while still being ultra-functional.

With regard to product construction, Corsair's DDR3 Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D kit offers an excellent level of durability thanks to an even thicker the heat spreader covering both sides. The countersunk screws sandwich the PCB very tightly and create a strong bond between the RAM modules and heat spreader, but with sharp edges you can still bend something if you're not careful. This kit could survive harsh abuse, but we still recommend you handle with care.

At this particular point in time the Corsair Dominator PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz 6GB RAM offers one of the fastest tri channel kits currently available both in rating and real world performance. Add in the additional overclock for a total of 1835 MHz, and we have ourselves a new champion with a perfect 10 functionality rating. In all honesty, DDR3 doesn't need excessive cooling due to the reduced DIMM voltage. So leave we're glad to see that Corsair has saved the consumer a bit of change with this kit by not including their Dominator Airflow fan.

DDR3 pricing in general and the new tri-channel kits in specific are priced at an all-time low . Since this product has just launched, pricing has plummeted from an MSRP of just over $300 which in itself was an excellent price. At the time of this writing, the Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D kit is currently available from NewEgg.com for $224. Granted, that price includes an instant $25.00 savings, but its still considerably cheaper than we would have ever thought DDR3 would be for a number of years.

In conclusion, the Corsair Dominator PC3-12800DDR3 1600MHz 6GB RAM Kit offers unmatched performance and offers the best system overclocking speeds available. As the demand for tri-channel DDR3 kits grow in number these modules will be in high demand by the masses, and they will certainly reward those who purchase them. These Dominator DDR3 modules are critical for pushing the rest of your system well beyond the manufacturer's intended specifications. This kit comes highly recommended from Benchmark Reviews.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Offers extremely high CPU overclocking potential
+ 1600MHz of guaranteed available bandwidth
+ DDR3 overclocks to 1835 MHz
+ Solid CL8-8-8-24 memory timings at 1.65 Volts
+ Tri-channel functionality provides excellent bandwidth
+ Dual-path Heat Xchange Plus (DHX+) Technology
+ Very cool running DIMM's at 1.65V
+ Lifetime Product Warranty

Cons:

- Slight performance degradation at maximum overclocked speeds
- Tall profile means incompatible fit on low profile systems

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.75
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 9.6 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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# 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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