Corsair Dominator PC8888C4 Review - Under the hood

Memory by thorgal @ 2006-11-02

Once every couple of years a product comes along which can be called revolutionary, and has the ability to upset the market. Corsair brought to the market an entirely new line of memory products, called the Dominator series, with exactly this purpose in mind: dominate the high end memory market. In this review we'll try to find out what sets apart this memory, and if it really can be called revolutionary.

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Introducing the Dominator

Corsair Dominator Memory

The Corsair Dominator series originally consisted out of two memory kits : the PC8500C5 kit (.pdf) which offered "5-5-5-15" (cas-tRCD-tRP-Tras) latencies at 2.2V, and the PC8888C4 kit which we are reviewing today. Only a couple of days ago, while writing this review, Corsair introduced two brand new parts in the Dominator series: from now on you can also buy a 6400C3 and 6400C4 part. The 6400C3 part effectively replaces the older XMS part, which was (sadly) EOL some time ago. From now on Corsair has quite a complete enthusiast lineup in their Dominator series as well.

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Here are the full specifications for the PC8888C4 (.pdf) we are reviewing today :

Test Specifications:
  • Each module pair is tested together at 1111MHz
  • Tested and packaged in pairs
  • Packaged together immediately following system test
  • Tested at EPP SPD settings (4-4-4-12-2T ) at 2.4V at 1111MHz
  • SPD programmed at: JEDEC standard 5-5-5-18 values at 800MHz
  • EPP standard 4-4-4-12-2T, 2.4V values

  • 2048 Megabytes of DDR2 memory
  • Two matched CM2X1024-8888C4D modules
  • Corsair 's proprietary DHX technology dissipates heat two ways: it draws heat away from the module through the RAMs and provides an additional path for heat transfer within the module through the ground plane.
  • SPD includes Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) which allow automatic overclocking to aggressive performance settings.
  • Comes with Dominator Air flow Fan for maximum thermal transfer
  • 100% tested at 1111MHz in high performance DDR2 motherboards
  • Lifetime warranty

    Let's have a closer look at the modules:

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    Front side look, with the description of the modules

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    Back of the modules, as pretty as the front side

    As you can see, the lineup has a very pronounced, new look indeed. The heat spreaders (or heats sinks as Corsair likes to call them) in my opinion really look nice, but may be over the top for some who like a more sober look. The fins you see at the top lighten the design and aid in the cooling of the modules (more on that on the next page). The height of the modules could interfere with some of the cases and/or CPU coolers around, especially Small Form Factor (SFF) cases and larger 3rd party CPU heatsinks, be sure to check compatibility with your other system parts before deciding to buy.

    Now let's find out why the Dominator series stand out from the rest of the pack ->
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