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Corsair XMS3 DHX 1600MHz 4GB Memory Kit - The Package and Modules

Corsair, one of the largest memory manufacturers has pumped out a solid 4GB DDR3 kit. Let's see what it has to offer us.

| DDR-3 Memory in RAM | Posted: Jul 17, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Corsair Memory

The Package and Memory Modules

 

Corsair XMS3 DHX 1600MHz 4GB Memory Kit

 

First off we start with the package that Corsair ships their memory in. Now, I can tell a few are thinking "not another personal injury blister pack". Thankfully, I can assure you it isn't. This one splits down the sides easily; no tools required, making it a hospital free product. You can also clearly see the modules through the packaging, so no need for a colour photo.

 

Corsair XMS3 DHX 1600MHz 4GB Memory Kit

 

On the back, Corsair has put a detailed picture on how its DHX memory heatsinks work in order to reduce the temperature of the memory. Extra layers are added to cool the PCB and the memory chips, not just the chips like some other companies do.

 

Corsair XMS3 DHX 1600MHz 4GB Memory Kit

 

Upon removing the modules, one thing is for sure, they are large and they are heavy. The extra DHX fins on the top give it the extra height while the extra layers to cool the PCB make it heavier than most DRAM modules on the market. But this isn't a bad thing as it's guaranteed to help keep things cool.

 

Being the DHX series, you can separately purchase the DHX fan that sits atop the modules with 3x40mm fans to cool the modules. We happen to have one of these on hand, so we will be testing with the fan and without.

 

Corsair XMS3 DHX 1600MHz 4GB Memory Kit

 

On one side of each of the modules, Corsair has its own sticker that has the company logo, model of the modules, and its timing info. In our case, we were sent a dual channel kit of 4GB; each module was 2GB density with timings of 9-9-9-24 at 1600MHz and 1.8v.

 

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