Corsair 512MB XMS3200 Memory Review

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Introduction

With the VIA KT400 peaking its head out into the public the need for PC3200 is now here. There are only a few companies that are actually making PC3200 and even less which are making good quality ones. Corsair is a company which is devoted to making high quality, fast, top of the line RAM. I previously reviewed a stick of Corsair’s XMS2700 and was able to reach PC3000 speeds with it. I was really impressed with the quality and speed the XMS2700 was able to produce so I am really excited to see what this stick of 3200 can do.

PC1600 DDR200 100MHz
PC2100 DDR266 133MHz
PC2400 DDR300 150MHz
PC2700 DDR333 166MHz
PC3000 DDR366 183MHz
PC3200 DDR400 200MHz
PC3500 DDR433 216MHz

Features

  • 512 Megabytes of memory
  • Implemented using 32M x 8 DDR SDRAMs with 6 nanosecond access time
  • 100% tested at 200MHz in high performance motherboards
  • Integrated aluminum heat spreader for improved thermal performance
  • Benchmarked over multiple chipsets, processors and motherboards
  • Legendary Corsair reliability and service
  • Lifetime warranty

Test Specifications

  • Each module is tested in either Epox EP-8K3A and/or ASUS P4S333 at 200MHz
  • Latency: 2-3-3 T1 (one module installed)
  • Latency: 2.5-3-3 T2 (two module installed)
  • SPD programmed at proposed JEDEC values for PC2700 (PC3200 not defined by JEDEC)

The stick comes in a plastic container which would be good for display purposes, it is also more protected than if it was just in an anti static bag. There is no real reason to have any elaborate packaging on RAM because if there was it would only increase production costs meaning you are going to have to pay more.


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The Corsair XMS3200 comes with the traditional Corsair heatspreader which sport the Corsair logo, XMS technology, and website. As you can see this module is model #CMX512-3200C2. I really like that this RAM comes with heatspreaders, when you are overclocking and pump up the VDIMM it will help to dissipate heat and help you overclock higher.

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This particular module is double sided because its 512MB, and it would be a bad idea to have it single sided. Corsair does make single sided 256MB modules which have been seen to overclock a little better than the double sided ones. This is the same picture from the Corsair XMS2700 review only because they look exactly the same.