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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XMP Performance

First up is the out of the box performance of the Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition Torque series versus the rest of the available Corsair and G.Skill kits. Besides the 16GB G.Skill 3000C15 all the other contestants are 32GB kits either made up of two dual channel kits or full blown quad channel versions.


AIDA64 Engineer has a hardware detection engine unrivaled in its class. It provides detailed information about installed software and offers diagnostic functions and support for overclocking. As it is monitoring sensors in real time, it can gather accurate voltage, temperature and fan speed readings, while its diagnostic functions help detect and prevent hardware issues. It also offers a couple of benchmarks for measuring the performance of individual hardware components or the whole system. It is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions, including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.



The AIDA64 Bandwidth test is a synthetic benchmark that adores memory clock speed and lower timings. Compared to lower end offerings (read sub 3000 speeds) the Torque series provide a good balance between memory speed and timings, though it can't keep up with the faster running G.Skill siblings, though how does this bandwidth reflect into more real life scenarios like rendering and gaming?


MAXON Cinebench R15

Anyone who needs to evaluate hardware performance should add MAXON CINEBENCH to the test tool arsenal. System administrators can use CINEBENCH to help make purchase decisions, journalists can use the results in reviewing hardware, hardware manufacturers may utilize the feedback in optimizing their latest products. Any computer owner can evaluate his or her individual system. Unlike abstract benchmarks, which only test specific functions of CPUs or GPUs, CINEBENCH offers a real-world benchmark that incorporates a user's common tasks within Cinema 4D to measure a system's performance. For those who have to do a serious amount of testing CINEBENCH also provides a command line option, allowing users to run automated test procedures.




Again decent performance of the Torque kit, the memory speed versus timings are well balanced as it is almost besting the higher specced G.Skill 3600C17 TridentZ kit in this test. We have to admit though that the differences between all the tested kits is nowhere near mindboggling. In fact further manual tweaking is required to max out these Samsung B-die memory kits.


Developed by Czech developer and HWBOT member Havli, HWBOT x265 Benchmark is based on the open source x265 encoder. It can take advantage of modern CPUs instructions and scales well with multi-core processors. With two presets available, 1080p and 4k, the main workload involves converting H264 source video to H265/HEVC and measure average fps. HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.0.0 is based on improved x265 encoder, build (compiled by GCC). Compared to previous version ( GCC), the new one greatly improves encoding speed on virtually all processor architectures. Also multi threading seems to be better - the bigger your CPU is, the better relative fps gain you can expect.




And that same pattern appears with each benchmark, the Torque series deliver versus the clock speeds and timings they are running at, but there has to be more under the hood than this right ?




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