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           Corsair TWINX512-3200LL

Product :

 TWIN512-3200LL

Manufacturer :

Corsair

Reviewed by :

Wayne Brooker

Price :

£134.99+VAT Approx (Street Price)

Date :

February 21st, 2003.

 

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Introduction

From its humble and somewhat elitist beginnings the PC has exploded into one of the great phenomenons of our age. As its power and speed have increased so manufacturers have had to find ways to work smarter and more efficiently but one thing nobody can dictate the course of is the way we the users think and very often this can be the weak link. With faster processors comes heat but it's the user who must organise efficient cooling. With more transistors comes increased power requirements but it's the user who must ensure the best quality power supply is fitted. And with motherboards supporting every faster bus speeds and bandwidth so it is the user who must make sure every component in that data chain is manufactured to the highest quality, the tightest tolerances and the most reliable of contructions.

Memory has always been a critical part of your computer's data handling ability but with dual channel platforms like NVIDIA's nForce and nForce2 and Intel's E7205 (Granite Bay), Springdale and Canterwood chipsets your choice of memory becomes doubly important. Throw in generic, no name stuff to save a few notes and you'll get what you paid for with low performance and high latencies at best and system instability and corrupt data at worst.


nForce Dual Channel Memory

With any pair of memory modules your system can only ever be as good as the worst of the two and although buying high quality memory like Corsair's XMS series can reduce the risk of any performance degradation caused by running your memory in pairs there's really only one genuinely safe way to make sure you're getting the best and that's by getting someone to test it for you. That someone in this case is Corsair themselves.

On the bench today I have Corsair's latest memory innovation. Available in 512MB (2x256MB) and 1GB (2x512MB) capacities and in PC2700 (333MHz) and PC3200 (400MHz) speeds, Corsair's new TWINX is factory tested matched memory modules guranteed to operate in pairs at an impressive 2-2-2-6 with a command rate of 1T.

Available Configurations

  • TWINX512-2700LL: 512 Mbytes, 333 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists of two matched CMX256A-2700LL DIMMs
  • TWINX512-3200LL: 512 Mbytes, 400 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists of two matched CMX256A-3200LL DIMMs
  • TWINX1024-2700LL: 1 Gbyte, 333 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists of two matched CMX512-2700LL DIMMs
  • TWINX1024-3200LL: 1 Gbyte, 400 MHz, low latency module pair, kit consists of two matched CMX512-3200LL DIMMs

 

The memory we are testing is what I'd guess will prove to be the most popular of the range, twin 256MB PC3200 modules giving a total capacity of 512MB.

 Part Number
Speed
Size
Organization
Package
CAS
Latency
Memory Type
RAM
Type
Specification
TWINX512-3200LL 400 MHz 512 MB 2x32Mx64 2x184 DIMM 2-2-2-6-T1 Twin Modules 32Mx8

 

Here's a look at the specs :

 

XMS ULTRA LOW LATENCY

  • Plug-n-FragTM Auto-Configuration
  • Boots automatically using low latency values
  • Tested at ultra-low latency settings
    ~ (2-2-2-6), command rate of 1T
  • Legendary Corsair reliability and service

 

MEMORY KIT FEATURES

  • 512 Megabytes of memory
    ~ Two CMX256A-3200LL memory
    DIMMs
  • Dual channel testing environment
    ~ 200MHz NForce2-based test setup
  • Tested and packaged in pairs
    ~ Modules tested together in Asus A7N8X-based test setup
  • Packaged together immediately following system test
  • Benchmarked using both Nforce2 and Intel "Granite Bay" chip sets
  • Lifetime warranty

 

 

 


 


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