In 2001, when I first entered the computer builder world, enthusiast computing was really coming into its own. Sure, people had been building and overclocking for years, but with the Socket A platform, and thousands of new enthusiasts building rigs based on it, a new group of hardware manufacturers realized that there was a real, growing market for high performance products. We began seeing new names popping up monthly that we hadn't heard of, and performance hardware from older companies that usually weren't previously considered for enthusiasts' rigs.
But at that time, when you chose your overclocking system memory, there were basically three choices.Corsair, Mushkin, or someone else. Corsair memory had proven itself to overclockers to remain stable at high voltages and temperatures, and was significantly less expensive than Mushkin. By the end of the Socket A period, I'd guess that as many enthusiasts' rigs contained Corsair DDR RAM as all other brands combined.
Today, there are many brands of high performance system memory to choose from, with new names still occasionally surfacing, and most of them put out a good product. But Corsair is still around, still building fine extreme-performance memory, and still the #1 choice of many enthusiasts.
Today I will be looking at one of Corsair's latest system memory products, the TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV, a PC3-12800 4 gig kit verified at DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 @ 1.8v, and sports nVidia's EPP 2.0 nForce certification, along with Corsair's DHX patented heat spreaders. Will the XMS3 prove to be the strong, stable, trustworthy product that we have come to expect from memory bearing the Corsair sails? Read on to see!
Each module pair is tested together at 1600MHz
Packaged together immediately following system test
Tested together at 1600MHz, Vdimm = 1.8V, at latency settings of 9-9-9-24 on NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboards
SPD programmed at:
-EPP2.0 9-9-9-24 values at 1600MHz
-JEDEC standard 9-9-9-24 values at 1333MHz
- 4096 Megabytes of DDR3 memory
- Two matched CM3X2G1600C9DHXNV modules
- DHX technology provides maximum cooling
- Certified as SLI-Ready Memory
- 100% tested at 1600MHz in NVIDIA-based motherboards
- Lifetime warranty
The XMS3 DHX comes in a hanging reusable blisterpack that thankfully isn't hermetically sealed. The rear of the package has an explanation of Corsair's DHX dual-path heat exchange heat spreaders.