Corsair Dominator Platinum Review
As we said in our introduction, the close performance of memory kits these days is such that you can pick almost any kit you like and it'll perform well. Indeed the main decision seems to rest on pricing and looks.
The Dominator Platinum, as the name suggests, doesn't do very well on the pricing side. Weighing in well past the £200 mark there are much better value kits around at the same speed and size.
Looks though. Oh my the looks.
The general thing with memory is the heatspreader and the colour. With the Dominator Platinum though Corsair have gone an extra mile and introduced lighting to the equation. We know it's not the first LED lit memory kit on the market, but it's the first one to do it well. The lighting is subtle, perfectly accentuates the black and silver looks of the heatspreader itself. Even with the power off the kit looks amazing. The 'platinum' top bar is extremely shiny and smooth and lends an air of class to proceedings.
With your rig on though it takes on a very different effect, with your motherboard bathed in a soft white light which just looks the business. Corsair do have plans in the future to introduce different colour LED bars as an additional cost option, there is no official word as to when but we are assured they will be coming soon. The only thing we hope is its not RBG LED's which will require the memory sticks to be hooked up via cables to the corsair link software to control the colours. The main reason for the being would you really want a cable coming off of every ram stick stick, think of the mess! /end OCD mode.
Performance is right on a line with what you'd expect for this speed and timings. It's not the very fastest kit around but it's still an excellent performer with some incredible memory bandwidth available. It's certainly not all show and no go.
So it's brutally expensive and there are faster kits around. But the heatspreader with its gorgeous looks and classy lighting are the stars of the show. We can hear the other manufacturers rushing to their R&D departments to try and match the next big thing in personalisation.
For being the first memory kit to understand that the underlying performance of the Intel chipset is such that you should concentrate largely upon looks, and then to be the first to get lighting right too, we're happy to award the Corsair Dominator Platinum our OC3D Innovation award.