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Corsair XMS3200 256MB Memory Review

By: Asher Moses | DDR Memory in RAM | Posted: Sep 30, 2002 4:00 am
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TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Corsair

Overclocking

 

From our benchmarking results, we now know the module can perform at its rated specifications. However, I'm sure many of you are wondering exactly how far the XMS3200 Cl2 module can be clocked above this. Entering the BIOS, we began by setting the CPU/DDR/AGP/PCI divider to 133/200/66/33. This means that the memory was running at 200MHz while the FSB was still running its default speed of 133MHz. We then proceeded to bump up the FSB, until we reached our maximum stable speed of 217MHz at a memory voltage of 2.8v and an FSB of 145MHz. To run at this speed we had to set our CAS timings to 2.5-3-3-3.

 

This is a very impressive overclock, however, we're quite sure that the module is capable of much more, as it is clear that the SiS648 chipset on our SR7-8X has difficulty running at high FSB speeds.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall, we were very impressed with the Corsair XMS3200 memory module. It is fast, stable and most importantly, can withstand high clock speeds, making it ideal for overclockers who like to gain the maximum performance out of their hardware. That said, coming in at an RRP of AU$220, it may be out of reach for some of you. However, premium quality does come at a premium price.

 

The bottom line is, if you are a hardcore overclocker looking to upgrade your memory module(s), you won't find much better than Corsair's XMS3200. However, if you are not overclocking you would probably be better off with something a little cheaper such as Kingmax or Crucial.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Highly overclockable

 

Can run at aggressive CAS timings

 

- Cons

 

Expensive

 

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