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.
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
Let's have a closer look at the modules:
Front side look, with the description of the modules
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 ->