Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz AM3 Review

Introduction

Corsair Dominator GT 1600MHz AM3 Kit

Introduction

 

“Hey, who's Corsair?” - This is a question that I would hope any PC Builder would know the answer to. Those who can't are clearly living under a rock somewhere in the nether regions of the Australian outback as today the Corsair brand are utterly huge. While the manufacturer's product portfolio has seen huge diversification by offering power supply units, cases, coolers and soon enough premium lager (I kid), their sole speciality was once performance memory.

So long as we have known, Corsair have been ambitious with their products from the days of low latency BH5 and high frequency TCCD DDR memory, to the infamous and highly regarded Micron D9GMH kits on DDR2. Of course, the party didn't stop there as DDR3 has steadily evolved, seeing kits with tighter timings, higher frequencies, lower voltages or all of the above. Today we will be taking a long hard look at one of Corsair's Dominator GT sets for the Socket AM3 platform.

 

In essence, what we have here is a 4GB dual channel set of memory, sporting a recommended clockspeed of 1600MHz. Of course, clockspeed means little when a kit's latency parameters are about as slack as a benefit fraudster's work ethic...

Thankfully, our sample kit is paired with a very respectable timing configuration of 7-7-7-20. For those who are less clued up on latency parameters, this is very tight indeed. Enough jibber jabber for now, here's a table of specifications to look at.

 

ManufacturerCorsair
Model2 x 2GB Dominator GT (CMG4GX3M2B1600C7)
Operational Frequency
1600MHz
Timings
7-7-7-20 1T
Voltage

1.65V

Intel XMP Profile
No
AMD BEMP Profile
Yes
Accessories

Active RAM Cooler

 

Sounds like a product with potential to us. Let's get to the photoshoot...

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Most Recent Comments

02-07-2010, 06:59:59

alienware
You can just tell that has been designed for recent ROG boards

WTG Corsair ! Quote

02-07-2010, 07:11:46

tinytomlogan
Aye if the AMD's dont like high speed ram or at least overclocking the ram for high speeds then low latency just makes alot of sense.Quote

03-07-2010, 07:36:48

silenthill
this ram is could boost your systems gaming performance specially for AMD platforms which suffer when compared to Intel's platforms.Quote

04-07-2010, 09:37:26

Daylightdon
Should the latency numbers be higher or lower? What do they mean?Quote

04-07-2010, 10:11:40

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Daylightdon'
Should the latency numbers be higher or lower? What do they mean?
The latency numbers should be lower because the AMD processor memory controller can’t deal with high speed memory so the only thing that will improve performance is to lower the memory latency which means it will respond in less time to orders that come from the CPU so the lower the better. I have tried low latency memory on a 965 AMD CPU and it did improve the performance.

regardsQuote
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