TwinX512-3200LL DDR Memory
by David, 16 July 2003
isn't a new name to the market, as they've been around for quite
some time providing consistently high quality memory modules for
the discerning computer user. Corsair isn't exactly an old name
around here either, as we have had the opportunity to check out
their products before, namely the XMS3500
and XMS3200 memory modules in our last memory roundup.
the recent release of new motherboard technologies for the desktop
user, Intel and AMD users alike were presented with the Springdale,
Canterwood and nForce2 series of products. Dual channel memory operation
became a regular feature in most motherboards available on the retail
front. With that, memory manufacturers have come up with product
lines that were verified to work correctly in Dual Channel systems.
Corsair now features the TwinX brand of memory modules in their
quote Corsair directly:
TWINX memory kits are composed of two low latency memory modules
that have been tested as a pair in an Asus A7N8X dual channel
motherboard. The matched pair of modules are then physically packaged
together, guaranteeing that the customer receives a product that
has been verified in the dual channel environment. These memory
kits are available in sizes of both 512 MByte (two 256 MByte modules)
and 1 GByte (two 512 MByte modules), at speeds of either 333 MHz
(also known as PC2700) or 400 MHz (also known as PC3200). These
configurations are summarized below:
512 Mbytes, 333 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists
of two matched CMX256A-2700LL DIMMs
512 Mbytes, 400 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists
of two matched CMX256A-3200LL DIMMs
1 Gbyte, 333 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists of
two matched CMX512-2700LL DIMMs
1 Gbyte, 400 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists of
two matched CMX512-3200LL DIMMs
memory kits take the guesswork out of dual channel motherboards,"
stated John Beekley, Vice President of Marketing at Corsair. "By
using modules that have been 100 tested, as a pair, in this environment,
the user can be confident in the performance and stability of
his or her dual channel system."
latency refers to the memory timings used by the memory in question.
The lower the timings, the lower the latency. Most memory modules
sold nowadays come with default memory timings that are quite relaxed.
Depending on the quality of a particular module, you can tweak it
to run at lower timings i.e. lower latencies which results in better
performance. However, most users don't feel comfortable digging
into their computer's BIOS and fiddling with memory timings. What's
more, most memory modules easily available aren't guaranteed to
run at low latencies with any measure of stability. Corsair takes
away the uncertainty and offers verified memory modules which can
run stable at low latencies, where the timings have been programmed
into the SPD (Serial Presence Detect) chip present on all memory
modules, allowing the user to run the memory at optimum settings
without having to enter the BIOS.
in case you were wondering, whats with the platinum series of memory,
and the normal black-heatspreader series that Corsair normally has?
None at all. The different heatspreaders are just for aesthetic
appeal, and impact performance in no way whatsoever.
the review block is a set of Corsair's TwinX512-3200LL memory modules.
Two 256MB modules running at DDR400 speeds wth low latency memory
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