Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF

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Compatibility and Our Test Systems

Compatibility Testing: Before we sat down in front of our test machine to evaluate Corsair's TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory modules, we installed them into some of the systems we had available at the time to see if there were any compatibility problems to speak of.  We tried the sticks in a total of 5 different systems, powered by various popular chipsets, and encountered only one problem. We tested these modules on the following platforms...

Brand Model Chipset
Asus CrossHair nForce 590 SLI
Asus P5N32-SLI SE nForce 4 SLIX16
Asus P5B Deluxe Intel P965
Intel D975XBX Intel 975X Express
Abit AB9 Intel P965

With the exception of the Asus P5B Deluxe, which we used for the benchmarks in this article, to quickly test these modules all we did was install them, power up the systems, made sure Windows XP booted and we ran SiSoft SANDRA's burn-in wizard for a few minutes. The only board that had an issue was the Abit AB9. This board defaults to a 1.8v memory voltage, and wouldn't POST reliably when we first installed the Dominators. But by popping in an OCZ memory kit, raising the memory voltage in the BIOS, and then re-installing the Dominators, we were able to use them on the AB9.  This limited compatibility testing wasn't extensive, but it does bode well for the TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory modules. The fact that they worked properly on the popular platforms listed here, means most consumers shouldn't have any major issues with them either.

HotHardware's Test System
Not all are created equal...
SYSTEM:
Core 2 Extreme X6800

Asus P5B Deluxe
Intel P965

Corsair TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5
OCZ PC2-8000 Platinum 2GB

GeForce 7900 GTX
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio

WD "Raptor" 74GB Hard Drive
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Forceware v91.47
DirectX 9.0c
 

How we configured our test systems:  When configuring our test system for this review, the first thing we did was enter the system BIOS and set the motherboard to its "High-Performance Defaults".  The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the installation was complete, we installed all of the necessary drivers for our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system.  Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, and we setup a 768MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation.  Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance", installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives and ran all of the tests. Throughout all our benchmarking, we had the memory voltage set to 2.4v, unless otherwise noted.

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