As we've said in the past, Corsair's XMS (Xtreme Memory Speed) memory modules have been longtime favorites amongst the computer enthusiast community. Corsair has memory kits available in many different capacities and speeds, and virtually all of them are regarded as some of the best modules available in their respective classes. Some of their more highly regarded modules are the "low-latency" kits in the "Pro" series. Low-latency memory offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies. Chips capable of higher clock speeds, however, offer more bandwidth and better performance for the most part, but memory kits based on these high-speed modules aren't a good fit for all types of consumers, because they typically require users to run their processor or FSB out of spec.
Today on HotHardware, we'll be shining the spotlight on Corsair's TWINX2048-3500LL PRO kit (2GB, 2x1GB CMX1024-3500LL PRO DIMMs). These double-sided PC3500 DIMMs sport higher capacity chips than most modules, and are capable of running with a CAS Latency of 2T, a RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD) of 3T, a Row Precharge (tRP) of 2T and an Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS) of 3T (2-3-2-6) at 218MHz (DDR436). And as you'll see later, with less aggressive timings they'll run even faster.
·_Tested as a matched pair in an Asus A8N-SLI Premium at 218MHz
·_Packaged together immediately following system test
·_Tested at Plug and Frag 2-3-2-6-T1 latency settings
·_Dual channel testing environment
·_Tested at DDR437 (218MHz)
·_SPD programmed at advanced 2-3-2-6 values
·_Boots using ultra-low latency values (2-3-2-6-T1)
·_2048 Megabytes of memory
·_Two CMX1024-3500LLPRO memory DIMMs
·_High-efficiency aluminum XMS heatsink
·_95% greater surface area than standard memory heatspreaders
·_Thermally bonded to the module
·_18 activity LED's show level of memory activity
·_Benchmarked over multiple chip sets, processors, and motherboards
·_Approximately 1.75" tall x 5.41" long x 0.30" wide; 2.9 oz
Corsair's packaging claims the TWINX2048-3500LL PRO kit is a perfect fit for Asus' A8N32-SLI motherboard, but in actuality this memory is a good match for any high-end system that requires standard DDR memory. In typical fashion, the packaging is loaded with awards given to Corsair in the past, and it also gives some detail about the product's specifications. There is no bundle to speak of, which is expected, given the fact that this is a memory kit and doesn't require any accessories in order to function.