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Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review

Former staff writer    -   June 22, 2004
Category: Memory
Corsair
Price: $375 USD


Introduction
Today we will be looking at Corsairs newest addition to the XMS family, the TwinX1024-3200XLPRO. If you haven�t yet seen the bombardment of reviews for the TwinX1024-3200XLPRO around the net, then you are in for a treat. With the absence of BH-5 IC�s on the market today I really didn�t think I would see low latency IC�s using anything less than BH-6, but it appears Corsair is going to change that. Corsairs TwinX1024-3200XL memory is sporting some of the lowest latencies currently available in the PC3200 market. Does Corsairs newest PC3200 have what it takes to take the performance crown in the ultra low latency market? Lets find out!


Features
  • 1024 Megabytes of memory Two CMX512-3200XLPRO memory DIMMs
  • High-efficiency aluminum XMS heatsink 95% greater surface area than standard memory heatspreaders
  • Thermally bonded to the module
  • 18 activity LED's show level of memory activity Benchmarked over multiple PC3200 based chipsets, processors, and motherboards
  • Approximately 1.75" tall x 5.41" long x 0.30" wide; 2.9 oz
  • Lifetime warranty


    Corsairs Test Specifications
  • Tested as a matched pair in multiple
  • Intel and AMD PC3200 based test setups
  • Packaged together immediately following system test
  • Tested at DDR400
  • Tested at X-treme Low latency settings (2-2-2-5)
  • Test voltage: 2.75V
  • Plug-n-FragTM Auto-Configuration Boots automatically using the X-treme Low latency values


    In-Depth Look



  • The TwinX1024-3200XLPRO comes packaged in a clear plastic clam shell showing off the massive size of the Pro series heatspreaders. Corsair is proudly showing off the XMS3200XLPRO�s extreme low latencies of CAS2 2-2-5 and with good reason. It�s been awhile since we have seen memory from Corsair running at such low latencies. With the PRO you also get 18LED lights showing the level of memory activity. If you would like to see the LED lights in action, you can check out our Corsair XMS3200PRO review which has a video of the LED's working.



    The pictures pretty much speak for themselves - this is some fantastic looking ram. The massive aluminum heatspreaders offer 95% greater surface area over standard heatspreaders that we are all used to seeing from other manufactures. Corsair even takes it a step further by attaching the heatspreaders to the memory by using thermal epoxy then it's cured in an oven. This offers better heat transfer from the IC�s to the heatspreader.


    If you look in the top corner we see this is Corsairs 8th incarnation of their PC3200XMS series (XMS3208). Underneath the heatspreaders Corsair is using Samsungs newest IC�s which are rated for PC4000 (DDR500) speeds. This struck me as odd as we usually associate memory rated at these speeds with very loose latencies even at PC3200 speeds, but somehow Corsair has managed to pull some pretty impressive latencies at PC3200 speeds. This should also offer plenty of headroom for overclocking past PC3200 speeds.



    1. Introduction & Closer Look
    2. Testing
    3. Overclocking & Conclusion
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