Corsair DDR3 CL8 1600MHz XMS3 Dominator 6GB Kit



Bye bye DDR2, you have served us all very well and it's been nice knowing you. Sadly, all good things come to an end. An end that is if you intend on upgrading to Intel's latest CPU. Intel has finally cut it's support for DDR2, at least for the new Skt 1366 format. If you cannot bare the thought of relinquishing your faith toward DDR2 then maybe this review is perhaps not for you as the order of the day is DDR3 and todays special - 6GB of Corsairs finest Dominator series ram.

The maturity of DDR3 has helped pave the way for this new breed of  high speed kits that even at a tasty 1600mhz are not the highest available bandwidth with 1866+mhz on the horizon. Today however, we will be sampling the triple channel dominator kit. The Dominator 1600mhz kit comes in two guises, C8 and C9. Corsair have aimed the C8 kit at the 'Ultra Enthusiast' while the C9 caters for the 'mainstream enthusiast'. Never being ones to disappoint, we managed to secure the 'Ultra Enthusiast kit' for your pleasure.

With Core i7 comes new architecture and a new memory controller. No longer is the memory latency stifled by the use of a middleman (North bridge), the memory controller is now on die which has also allowed an expansion from Dual to Triple channel. Of course DDR3 does not need to be run in triple channel, much the same as DDR2 didn't need to run in dual channel but for optimum performance it is highly recommended that you run DDR3 in triple channel mode.

Let's hear what Corsair have to say about their latest DDR3 kit:

The TR3X3G1600C8D is a 6144MByte kit of DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs based upon Corsair's high performance Dominator family of memory which includes Intel's Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP 1.2). This enables a robust, profile based high performance DDR3 over-clocking solution for Intel X58 platforms targeted for enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers who want to extract maximum performance from their platforms. Built using Corsair's Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) technology, this part delivers outstanding performance in the latest generation of X58 DDR3-based motherboards. This memory has been verified to operate at 1600MHz at latencies of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V


Manufacturer: Corsair

Model Number:

: 6GB (3x2GB)

Type: DRAM

Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Form Factor: DIMM -240 pin

Memory Speed: 1600Mhz

Latency Timings: 8-8-8-24

Voltage: 1.65v

RAM Features: Matched triple kit Dominator with DHX + Technology for X58 based motherboards with an Intel Core i7 CPU

Requirements: Compatible X58 Motherboard - 3x 240pin DDR3 slots

Service and Support Lifetime Warranty

Price: £294.84

Enough of the small talk, let's take a look at the kit itself...
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Most Recent Comments

14-12-2008, 14:24:32

Good review but the benchmarks seem a bit flawed as the CPU was overclocked as well.Quote

14-12-2008, 15:22:25

Unfortunatley, simply using the memory dividers resulted in the memory being unstable (1866mhz). I could have lowered the CPU divider and adjusted the Bclk frequency but no configuration would have left the CPU frequency exact unless I forfeited some memory speed.

We now have some OCZ (same spec as the Corsair) which should give a better comparison, stock vs stock.Quote

16-12-2008, 09:30:24

Just FYI, the price in the review is a little high. You can also get the kit from Scan (pre-order atm) and CCL for ~£228 inc VAT.

6GB Dominator at Scan =

6GB Dominator at CCL =

20-12-2008, 14:54:14

Hi Blackbeard (What happened to Yellowbeard?).

We are now retail partners with Ebuyer so it would be inappropriate to advertise products for sale at a major competitor.Quote

20-08-2009, 01:48:13

just got a newer revision of this kit (ver3.2) and they're much better than the ver2.1's, scaling well with voltage and lowered timings

i'm not going to try to say these are even remotely stable, but i managed 2000 8-8-8-24 with some extra voltage:

and 2000 9-9-9 with 1.66v, so there's prolly more in them.

considering the ver2.1's i tried wouldn't even post much higher than 1650, these sticks act completely different in every respect. Quote

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