Corsair Dominator Platinum Dual-Channel DDR3 Memory Kits (Part 3)

5/4/2013 3:33:33 PM

Testing components

We have five dual-channel Dominator Platinum kits for our tests. With the combined capacity of 8 and 16 GB, they are optimized for LGA1155 platforms with Ivy Bridge CPU:

A testing components table

A testing components table

The modules are shipped in the colorful cardboard box shaped like an octagonal prism. Cutouts in the packaging allow you to see the stickers with the product information and the upper part of the heatsinks. The box itself also carries the stickers with information about the memory modules that are included.

Memory module

Memory module

The modules are packaged into single inflated wrappers, fixed in a thick foam rubber bar. There are no included accessories with the modules.

Now let's have a closer look at each product.

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-12800 C9 2x4 GB (CMD8GX3M2A1600C9)

The base products in this review are not really special. The clock speed of DDR3-1600 is often prescribed for the common DDR3 modules. However, the CMD8GX3M2A1600C9 modules support all special Dominator Platinum features, including the unique cooling system, standing out and monitoring capabilities.

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-12800 C9 2x4 GB (CMD8GX3M2A1600C9)

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-12800 C9 2x4 GB (CMD8GX3M2A1600C9)

The manufacturers choose the best chips and do not forget to test the modules before releasing their products. When it mentions reliability and warranty, the DDR3-1600 modules from the Platinum Dominator series are clearly superior to the products with lower series. In terms of components, the CMD8GX3M2A1600C9 uses Elpida chips. You do not even need to remove the heatsinks to know this. Unlike other manufacturers with overclocker-friendly memory, Corsair does not keep the chips’ secret origin. You can find out this information from the sticker, where the version number shows the chip brand. The table below shows the correspondence between the version number and chip manufacturers:

The version number and manufacturers

The version number and manufacturers

Note that the labels on the Corsair memory have a lot of information. Besides the part number, they show you the capacity and number of memory modules in the kits, the timings, usable voltage and the version number mentioned above.

Although the chips of the CMD8GX3M2A1600C9 modules do not have any secrets, Corsair has renamed them, but the first letters "EL" at Elpida is unable to explain.

The XMP configuration supplies information about the specifications and features of the CMD8GX3M2A1600C9 kit, like the rest of the Dominator Platinum series products. Each feature supports the XMP version 1.3.

XMP configuration

XMP configuration

The XMP configuration contains information about the only specified mode: DDR3-1600 with timings of 9-9-9-24-2T. The modules designed for the standard DDR3 voltage are 1.5 volts, which is not surprising when considering the relatively low frequency rate of the CMD8GX3M2A1600C9 kit. In addition to XMP, the modules have an SPD configuration. The second configuration includes the relaxed timings and lower frequencies, the kits will not cause any compatibility issues.

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-12800 C9, 2x4 GB (CMD8Gx3M2A1600C9) technical specs:

·         Memory Speed: DDR3-1600/PC3-12800

·         Memory Size: 16 GB

·         Memory Socket: 240-pin DIMM

·         Error Checking: Non-ECC

·         Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

·         Number of Modules: 4

·         Manufacturer: Corsair

·         Lowest Price: $107.99 from Amazon.com

·         Power Score: 4.6

·         Memory Bandwidth: DDR3-1600/PC3-12800

·         Memory Speed: 1600 MHz

·         Error Checking: Non-ECC

·         Module Type: Unbuffered

·         Number of Pins: 240-pin

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-15000 C9 2x4 GB (CMD8GX3M2A1866C9)

The 1866MHz Dominator Platinum kit does not appear to differ much from the 1600MHz one discussed above. The frequency is the same, and it also includes two 4GB modules. In both cases, we have got a CAS Latency of 9 and a voltage of 1.5 volts. There are no different views between the CMD8GX3M2A1600C9 and CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 kits, either. Again, we can see a high-performance passive cooling solution and the exclusive Dominator Platinum design.

On both sides of the modules, we can find out an embossed manufacturer logo and the stickers with the name of the series. The most important information is the specs of the kit, although they are only listed on a sticker. From the sticker we know that CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 is unique in several aspects. Besides its timings of 9-10-9-27, it has a version number of 8.16., which means that it uses memory chips from Nanya. Like this, the DDR3-1866 Dominator Platinum kit is based on different parts rather than the previous product.

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-15000 C9 2x4 GB (CMD8GX3M2A1866C9

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-15000 C9 2x4 GB (CMD8GX3M2A1866C9

We cannot say what exactly about the chips are, because their original marking has been erased. We can only note that Nanya chips are but rarely used in overclocker- friendly products because they are not usually capable of high overclocking.

The aggressive timings play roles as a DDR3-1600 kit. In addition to RAS # to CAS # Delay, all secondary timings are relaxed. You can easily see it in the information from the single XMP configuration.

Single XMP configuration

Single XMP configuration

Anyway, the recommended voltage is a standard 1.5 volts, so this kit is not really a real overclocker-friendly product. It's pretty meant for modders; especially the CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 kit looks as attractive as the rest of the Dominator Platinum series.

Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-15000 C9, 2x4 GB (CMD8Gx3M2A1866C9) technical specs

·         8 GB (2 x 4 GB) 1866MHz modules for use in high performance DDR3 systems

·         End user swappable light bar

·         Patented DHX cooling for unmatched heat dissipation

·         Supports Corsair Link technology

·         Timing: 9-10-9-27

·         Intel XMP 1.3

·         Pin Out: 240-Pin

·         Voltage: 1.5V

·         Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

·         RAM: 4 GB

·         RAM Type: DDR3 SDRAM

·         Cases and Expandability

·         Size (LWH): 13 inches, 7.13 inches, 2 inches

·         Weight: 5.28 ounces

·         Warranty and Support

PS4 game trailer XBox One game trailer
WiiU game trailer 3ds game trailer
Video tutorials
- How To Install Windows 8 On VMware Workstation 9

- How To Install Windows 8

- How To Install Windows Server 2012

- How To Disable Windows 8 Metro UI

- How To Change Account Picture In Windows 8

- How To Unlock Administrator Account in Windows 8

- How To Restart, Log Off And Shutdown Windows 8

- How To Login To Skype Using A Microsoft Account

- How To Enable Aero Glass Effect In Windows 8

- How To Disable Windows Update in Windows 8

- How To Disable Windows 8 Metro UI

- How To Add Widgets To Windows 8 Lock Screen
programming4us programming4us
Top 10
Free Mobile And Desktop Apps For Accessing Restricted Websites
TOYOTA CAMRY 2; 2.5 : Camry now more comely
KIA SORENTO 2.2CRDi : Fuel-sipping slugger
How To Setup, Password Protect & Encrypt Wireless Internet Connection
Emulate And Run iPad Apps On Windows, Mac OS X & Linux With iPadian
Backup & Restore Game Progress From Any Game With SaveGameProgress
Generate A Facebook Timeline Cover Using A Free App
New App for Women ‘Remix’ Offers Fashion Advice & Style Tips
SG50 Ferrari F12berlinetta : Prancing Horse for Lion City's 50th
Trailer game