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Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New Record

Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New Record

Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New World Record

-2580MHz DDR3 Frequency Reached on Intel X48 Chipset-

Fremont, CA, July 31, 2008 – Corsair,a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that its Dominator DDR3 memory modules have again shattered the world record for frequency. The record was set using the Asus ROG Rampage Extreme motherboard (Intel X48 chipset) and Corsair Dominator memory, utilizing Corsair’s award-winning DHX technology.

The world record of 2580 MHz was reached at latency settings of 9-9-9-24 using a Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory module. These results were achieved with an Intel® Core™2 Duo E8400 processor overclocked to a breathtaking 645MHz Front-Side Bus frequency. The results are verified by CPU-Z, an industry standard for verifying overclocking results, and
are viewable here.

Corsair previously announced on May 20th its world record of 2462MHz and has now raised the record up to 118MHz faster. Corsair achieved these results as part of ongoing lab experiments on the effect of temperature on memory performance. The 2580MHz memory speed was achieved with the entire test platform -- including motherboard, CPU, chip set, and memory -- chilled to -20 degrees Celsius.

“We are proud that our Dominator Memory once again hit a new world record” said Martin Mueller, Senior Director of Engineering, Corsair. “Our proprietary technology used on Dominator DDR3 allows for incredible overclocking results; we believe our technology is far superior to any other when it comes to overclocking memory modules.”

Corsair Dominator Memory contains ultra fast chips cooled using Corsair’s proprietary Dual-Path Heat Xchange Cooling Technology (DHX). Dominators are used inDell, HP, Alienware and most high performance gaming systems. Corsair Dominator modules are available worldwide through authorized distributors and resellers in a variety of speeds and densities. Corsair memory products are backed by a lifetime warranty. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and the Tech Support Express Helpdesk are also available.

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9-9-9-24? I know DDR3 has higher latency than DDR2, just as DDR2 had higher latency than DDR, but that is a bit much. What good is all that speed if your RAM is "spinning it's wheels" longer? I found some DDR3 1800 on Newegg at 8-8-8-20. I'd sacrifice the added speed for tighter timings in a heart beat. I'm not certain, but I'd bet you could get better performance on a DDR2 based system with good fast RAM with excellent timings. And at good deal less cash. I just can't see spending the cash for a DDR3 based system yet. Prices need to drop and latency, not speed, needs to get better. Just my opinion.

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You would really need some benchmarks to get a definite answer. Even though the timings are increased, there will be a point that the speed will overcome the looser timings and perform the same as RAM modules that have tighter timings but a slower speed. I just haven't been reading up on DDR3 reviews so I don't even have a general idea what equals what.

 

In an ideal world, we would see super low latency modules set speed records. But we can't because those two are like on the opposite ends of a seasaw.

 

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Exactly. I'm not sure about exact numbes either but I am pretty surre the fastest and best DDR2 modules are equal to or slightly faster than the best of the best DDR3 modules. With the price premium DDR3 modules command right now those facts make a DDR3 based system look like a waste to me.

Somewhere along the line all those wasted cycles have to eat away at the speed some.

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nECrO1967:

Exactly. I'm not sure about exact numbes either but I am pretty surre the fastest and best DDR2 modules are equal to or slightly faster than the best of the best DDR3 modules. With the price premium DDR3 modules command right now those facts make a DDR3 based system look like a waste to me.

Somewhere along the line all those wasted cycles have to eat away at the speed some.

 

Well, my previous post implied a comparison between higher speed DDR3 with looser timings to lower speed DDR3 and tighter timings. I was responding to what you said about the Corsair RAM and how you found some modules on Newegg that ran at lower timings at DDR3 1800.

 

In regards to the post above. I'll look into it more. But I did read a comparison article when DDR3 was first introduce and they compared it with a few DDR2 modules. Don't exactly remember what the results where, but I want to say there were somewhat even. But it is important to note that those were early samples of DDR3. So their speed isn't what it is today and their timings were pretty high.

 

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I'm pretty sure that DDR2 running @ 1066 with Cas latency of 4 is currently the fastest ram(depending on chipset), but don't quote me on that.

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recoveringknowitall:

I'm pretty sure that DDR2 running @ 1066 with Cas latency of 4 is currently the fastest ram(depending on chipset), but don't quote me on that.

 

 

I need to check more too, but that was what I was thinking as well Recovering. I was thinking about the nearly thee same time frame, maybe a little later Ryu. If memory serves DDR3 was a bit slower and A LOT more expensive. Also, I don't bebieve timings have come down much at all yet. Don't quote me though. :)

 

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I believe that DDR3's merrits will become apparent when Nehalem drops with it's triple channel memory controller.

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Will be a definate boost. I think you'll see DDR3 really shine when the timings come down, just as was the fact with DDR2.

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