When we were asked to sample Corsairs latest Dominator GT kit for the P55 chipset, the review team at OC3D were all clambering to get their grubby little mitts on them. Luckily for me, I got in there first and I must say I am happy I did. Not only does the kit look gorgeous, matching our test setup and indeed any similar motherboard with the same colour scheme but it also has the performance to match looks. Switching from the old Elpida chips to Micron was a stroke of genius as not only are the Micron chips more reliable but they also overclocking monsters.
The Dominator GT kit we had for review easily surpassed the 1900MHz mark and with a little more time and persuasion could have hit 2000MHz. Bandwidth though is not the be all and end all of overclocking memory and Corsair know this so keeping the kit at it's stock speed I am happy to report that if tight latencies are your bag, the Dominator GT kit is certainly worthy of consideration, hitting Cas 7-7-7 with relative ease and stability.
Perhaps the only downside to the kit is the large air cooler. While I certainly appreciated the reduction in noise, the increase in size might be an issue for some. On our test setup, the cooler blocked some airflow to the CPU cooler. While no reason not to buy the kit, it is something worthy of consideration, especially if you intend on using an oversized CPU HSF assembly. I did not manage any different overclocks with the cooler in-situ so I can only assume that the coolers main purpose in life is to extend the lifespan of the memory modules as they do run a little hot without the cooler attached, despite the sexy heatsinks.
All in all if you are looking for a larger than standard 4GB kit, the 8GB Corsair Dominator GT kit is certainly a kit that will suit your needs. High overclocking, aesthetically pleasing and backed up by Corsairs award winning support and warranty should make the buying decision all the easier.
- Blue tipped DHX Dominator Heatsinks
- Quiet memory cooler
- Very good overclocking ability
- Lifetime Warranty
- Air cooler size may be an issue for some
- Basic packaging