Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Special Edition Torque DDR4 Memory Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2017-11-06

Corsair is still one of the dominant forces in the PC market, however they have widely diversified their product range over the years. From initially being just focused on memory kits they expanded their range to gaming peripherals, cooling solutions and enclosures. At Computex 2017 we even saw some early samples of upcoming "Do It Yourself" water cooling products. However, the showstopper for many of the press was the new DDR4 limited Edition memory flagship, the Dominator Special Edition Torque kits. Quite a mouthful isn't it? Two 32GB versions were introduced, both based on the Samsung B-Die ICs, With one kit being a Dual Channel version sporting two 16GB modules and the second version is a quad channel version. Thus with four times 8GB modules. What made these so special was the intriguing look the Corsair Team managed to achieve.  Secondly that these are a limited edition only made people drool even more. Time to explore what the Torque hype is all about!

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The Corsair Team managed to make the Dominator Platinum SE heat spreader even more spectacular than before, trying to replicate the aesthetics of high performance car engines was their mission and they have succeeded big time. The black brushed aluminum heat spreader in combination with the heat treated top bar and them orange cooling fins make you immediately think of hot exhaust manifolds of an overcharged powerhouse.



The package itself is quite discrete and reminds me of the DDR3 Dominator Platinum versions a long time ago. We received the Quad Channel kit as it would be more practical for our testing purposes on high end desktop platforms, as lower density modules are more versatile to conduct any tweaking or overclocking tests on than the larger variants.



Both Dominator Platinum Special Edition Torque memory kits are 32GB versions; the CMD32GX4M23200C14T model is the Dual channel consisting of two 16GB memory modules running at 3200MHz with CL14-16-16-36 timings. The CMD32GX4M43200C14T is the Quad Channel version sporting the same timings and module voltage of 1.35 volts. The 10-layer PCB and the handpicked Samsung B-Die ICs warrant easy overclockability to at least DDR4-3600 speeds.



Both kits support XMP version 2.0 so your motherboard will use the appropriate timings to warrant compatibility and performance. While this all sounds nice the price is the only thing that might a bit overwhelming. Snooping around at the Corsair website it seems this brand has some high price tags all around for 32GB kits, no matter the heat spreader or version type. Either Corsair is a strong believer users will buy their premium products even with a  100 euro higher price tag or the webadmin made a few too many copy paste errors.


Each module has a removable foil to protect the brushed heatspreader from any scratches.

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