Corsair have done a great job of refreshing the old Dominator modules. The new and improved Dominator GT 1866 6GB kit showed some great improvements were to be had across all of the benchmarks I ran today.
Overclocking the Dominator GT's was a very thrilling experience as I just didn't know when they would stop. I could lower the latencies or I could increase the bandwidth depending on my preferences with the bandwidth topping out at an amazing 2128MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings! This is some achievement from Corsair and while I do not advocate running 1.7v through DDR3 (as this goes above what Intel recommend so who am I to argue), I would say that for the overclocker who thrives on benchmarking, this kit will serve you very well indeed. I have little doubt that increasing the voltage further would allow even higher gains but my bravery ran out when the editor gave me some worrying looks.
The packaging is adequate, nothing more and nothing less. However as this kit was not a full retail package it is hard to assess what the end-user will receive but the package that landed on my doorstep was enough to ensure they kit arrived safe and sound and free from damage. The kit itself is very alluring and simply feels expensive. The weight of the modules also adds to this sense of value. The colour scheme may not match all motherboards but the modules certainly draw the eye to themselves and distinguish themselves very well from lesser products. If you have these in your setup then others will certainly know you are serious about performance.
Perhaps the only draw back of the kit is the price. Although DDR3 prices have plummeted of late, the high end kits and especially those kits with low latencies still command a premium. Costing a smidge over £250 they certainly cannot be described as cheap nor can they possibly be the sensible choice for the average Joe who just wants a kit to run your every day i7 based PC. It's hard to belive that we were paying this amount for 2GB of 1066MHz DDR2 not so long ago! The Dominator GT's are not aimed at the average Joe though, they are clearly marketed towards the extreme performance enthusiast and if you find yourself in this niche market then I cannot recommend this kit more as price aside, they have to be one of the best DDR3 6GB kits on sale today.
- Great looks
- Astonishing overclocking ability
- Modular cooling design can be added to
- Included cooling fan is still noisy
- May need tweaking to setup correctly
- Speed reliant on a strong CPU memory controller
- Nothing to report
Thanks to Corsair
for providing the Dominator GT 6GB kit for today's review. Discuss in our forums.