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Corsair XMS2 DHX DDR2 800MHz 2 x 2GB Review

ajmatson    -   August 26, 2008
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Conclusion:

I was intrigued when I received the Corsair XMS2 DHX memory to review, because of the idea of the heatspreader and the reputation of Corsair XMS brand memory. This set made no exceptions and kept true to the Corsair name. They performed very well and kept up with the best of them, hitting right in the middle of the pack. Compared to the JEDEC standards, the latencies on the XMS2 DHX memory are very low, which adds to their increased performance. The DHX design of the heatspreader makes for some really cool memory. Even when overclocked, the modules were cool to the touch and I have tested some that could cook and egg on them when running. I am amazed on how cool they actually were, which is great because less heat created by components keep the internal temperatures of the case lower.

Overclocking this set was a breeze. I was able to reach 1000MHz just by loosening the timings. That is a 20% increase in speed for the price of 800MHz. The only negative I have for the Corsair XMS2 DHX memory set, is that the heatspreader may be too tall for those with overly large CPU Heatsinks. If your CPU cooler is too wide, you will not be able to use these modules, especially with the wider low profile CPU coolers. Other than that, this is a great buy for anyone. At $105.00 for a 4GB set you could not go wrong at all with the Corsair XMS2 DHX memory and I recommend them to anyone looking for a great stable set of RAM, with overclocking headroom to play with.

 

Pros:

  • 20% overclock with little changes
  • Lower enhanced latencies
  • Dual-Path Heat Xchange heatspreader
  • Inexpensive
  • Lifetime Warranty

 

Cons:

  • Large heatspreader may interfere with some CPU coolers

 

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