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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
12GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit
Closer Look: Corsair Dominator DDR3
DDR3 Series Results
RAM Testing Methodology
System Benchmark Tests
Graphics Benchmark Tests
Triple-Channel DDR3 Final Thoughts
12GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 Conclusion

Corsair Dominator 12GB DDR3 Memory Kit Review

System memory, or RAM as it's better known, is a tricky topic of discussion for PC hardware enthusiasts. The marketing propaganda has done an excellent job of spreading misinformation to would-be consumers, and tech websites are often over-the-top with their approach towards explaining the obvious. There are also the many questions that get asked: how much memory is best? high speed or low latency? dual- or triple-channel? Considering the situation, you can't blame anyone for asking because the truth takes some work to find... or test and discover for yourself.

In our previous tests of the Corsair Dominator-GT 2000MHz DDR3 RAM kit, Benchmark Reviews discovered that system memory has very little impact on video game performance, and that high-speed low-latency RAM delivers only a small improvement over low-speed high-latency kits... at least in regard to real-world performance. Sure, the benchmarks all favor high clock speeds or low timings, or both; but when it came time to actually use the computer and run the programs, the differences weren't so apparent.

64-Bit Operating Systems allow PCs to utilize more than 4GB of system memory, which is great news for multimedia professionals who need the extra RAM. Intel's X58-Express platform delivers triple-channel DDR3 performance, giving PC hardware enthusiasts and power-users the opportunity to choose between 3, 6, or 12GB system memory kits. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares 12GB DDR3 memory kits against various 6GB versions. The 12GB Corsair Dominator CMD12GX3M6A1600C8 1600MHz CL8-8-8-24 DDR3 memory kit will be at the center of our attention as we discover exactly where that extra RAM is most helpful on our six-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 'super-computer'.

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Adding more memory to your computer system is one of the easiest ways to improve performance, but adding high-speed memory is also an excellent way to reach that impossible overclock. By allowing the system more headroom to move with the changing interface or bus speeds, high-speed memory can keep up with the overclocked CPU. Video game enthusiasts also stand to gain added performance, since levels and maps will load faster and graphics frame rates will improve.

Microsoft Windows PCs often suffer from memory starvation. It's true. System memory is one of the most over-looked hardware components in computer systems. Making matter worst, when it comes to 32-bit Operating Systems such as Windows XP or Vista, no more than 4GB of memory can be mapped and utilized. However, the introduction of Microsoft Windows 7 has brought 64-bit computing to the mainstream, and now only the physical limitations of the motherboard can restrict the user-mode virtual address space. So with applications demanding greater memory overhead, once again it has better to utilize as much memory as can be installed into the system.

Not all memory is made the same; and even memory of the same speed can have different consumer targets. Corsair offers something for everyone, and it seems that there's a Dominator memory upgrade for every platform used. Casual users can take advantage of their warranty and support, as well as getting tips from their website for better performance. Enthusiasts and overclockers can match the memory kit that best suits their needs.

About Corsair Memory Inccorsair_logo_stacked_100px.png

Founded in 1994, Corsair Memory, Inc., is a worldwide leader in high-performance components for personal computers. Specializing in very high performance memory and ultra-efficient power supplies, our flagship products, Including Dominator memory modules, are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Our expertise in design and manufacturing is also evident in our complete line of Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB storage devices. Corsair offers 24/7 customer support via forums and the Tech Support Express helpdesk.



 

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# justaguyBruceBruce 2010-04-14 20:29
Best looking RAM on the planet, bar none!
I like my OCZ Reapers, but they're ugly.
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# Great MemoryProud Owner 2010-04-15 19:32
I have this kit in my workstation for over 3 month now and am extremely happy with it. I can run 4 instances of VMWare with 2 GB each with no issues (I work a lot with wmware). I have to say that I am using it at 1600 and had not tries to overclock it... but at 1600 works as advertised. oh.. a bit pricey though...
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