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Corsair TWINX1024-3200LLPro RAM Review

Former staff writer    -   February 20, 2004


Features
  • Aluminum heatspreaders
  • 95% greater surface area than standard heatspreaders
  • 18 activity LED's show level of memory activity
  • 2-3-2-6 latency settings
  • Lifetime warranty


    Specifications
    Model Twinx1024-3200LLPRO
    Speed PC3200 400MHZ DDR
    Size 1024mb (2x512mb)
    CAS Latency 2-3-2-6
    Dimensions 1.75' Tall -5.41' Long - 0.03' Wide

  • In-Depth Look


    The 1024-3200LLPRO kit came in your standard clear plastic clam shell package and contained two sticks of 512MB CMX512MB-3200LLPRO. From the packaging you can tell Corsair is trying to get their point across that this is not your ordinary memory.



    The first thing you may notice about this memory is the magnitude of it, it's huge! The size of this memory has its ups and downs. On the up side, the larger memory gives the heatspreaders a larger surface area to cool. In theory this would mean the memory would be cooled better because the heatspreaders are covering more surface area. I for one have never really been a firm believer in heatspreaders for RAM or for memory on video cards. I have never seen a difference in the stability, cooling, or overclocking ability. On the down side of this larger memory is the fact that it is larger. This means you may have problems installing it in some computer case configurations. We actually had a couple of problems with this, but more about that later in the review.



    If you have not noticed it by now, there are a total of 18 activity LED's that run across the top of the memory modules. These LED's merely show the memory activity level. The LED's consist of green, yellow and red. They have no real purpose other than adding some luminescence to your computer case. If you do not have a window in your computer case, then these LED's will not do you any good. Of course you could always mod them and redirect the LED's to the front of your case instead :)

    The LED lights aren't the only interesting feature of the heat spreader. Corsair does a few things different with the way the heat spreaders are attached. Instead of frag tape and clips used to attach the heat spreaders to the memory modules thermal epoxy is used, and the module is baked to cure the epoxy to the heat spreader and memory modules. I really like this feature as some company's use inexpensive thermal tape that can insulate the memory.



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