Corsair XMS2 533MHz
Editor Note - We are unsure of exactly which chip the Corsair XMS2 uses but we think it is Micron BGA, the same as the cheaper Value Select series. The heat spreader is actually glued to the chip and we couldn't physically remove it to check for ourselves.
512 Megabytes of DDR-2 memory
Two matched CM2X256-5400C4 modules
Implemented using 32M x 8 DDR-2 SDRAMs
100% tested at 675MHz in high performance DDR-2 motherboards
Legendary Corsair reliability and service
Each module pair is tested together in an Intel-based motherboard at 675MHz
Tested and packaged in pairs
Packaged together immediately following system test
Tested at the low latencies of (4-4-4-12) at 2.0V
SPD programmed at 4-4-4-12 values
- The Packaging
Corsair has included their modules in a blister like pack which can be opened with ease. It is not a bad package and is designed so you can hang it off shelving.
- The Modules
As you can see these modules are labeled as XMS or in this case "XMS2" for the DDR-2 series of memory. The XMS from Corsair has always let the user know that they are getting the fastest clocked memory in their range.
For Corsair to announce XMS2 there must be something special (low latency, for example) although if you look towards the bottom right of the modules, you will see they are rated at CL4 which is pretty common considering all the sticks here today are rated at that but with the difference being they don't claim to be a special performance type RAM.
Unlike Mushkin, Corsair doesn't utilize a clip like system to secure the heat spreader to the memory (like they have done in the past). When tilting the module to the side all you can see is a mass of thermal paste spread carelessly across the chips which do not give you all that much confidence in the product. Nevertheless, the memory performed fine throughout our testing.
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