Corsair XMS3 DHX PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600) 4GB Kit


Corsair XMS3 DHX
Being the first 4GB DDR3 kit ever to be reviewed on Overclock3D, the Corsair XMS3 DHX PC3-12800 has certainly become the yardstick for which all future DDR3 reviews will be measured against. Starting with appearance, the DHX heatspreaders used on the kit look simply awesome, and despite not being fixed to the modules with a combination of screws, clips and sticky pads like kits from other manufacturers, they are most certainly steadfast and won't be separating from the modules any time soon.
Obviously looks are only a small part of the whole story, and with an impressive overclock of 400mhz taking the kit to DDR3-2000 with no additional voltage required, the XMS3 PC3-12800 kit has shown that it can match, and in some cases even beat, the the overclocking abilities of the more mature 2GB counterparts.
Coming in at a price of £276 (26/06/08) over at, the cost of DDR3 and specifically 4GB kits are still quite high when compared to DDR2. However, when you consider that a kit of this calibre would have cost around the £500 mark around the beginning of the year, the price suddenly seems a lot more reasonable.
The Good
- Sexy Heatspreaders with innovative design.
- Works flawlessly at stock settings.
- NVIDIA's EPP2.0 profiles make configuration a breeze.
- Manages DDR3-2000 at stock voltage.
The Mediocre
- Price still fairly high but has come down significantly.
- Didn't seem to respond very well to additional voltage.
The Bad
- Absolutely nothing
Overclock3D Recommended Award
Thanks to Corsair for providing the XMS3 DHX PC3-12800 kit for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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Most Recent Comments

26-06-2008, 20:51:52

That stuff is truly awesome.. 4GB just overclocking 400Mhz with no voltage increase or timing loosening. 4GB DDR3 that reaches 2000MHz that is by the way!!

I don't think that is too expensive as it is really. It's dear but it's also possibly one of the very best!Quote

27-06-2008, 09:10:17

Nice review m8. Great clocking ram which is not the norm with Corsair - maybe the tide has changed!Quote

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