The performance of these modules really speak for themselves. The problem is that PC3-16000 memory is already fast. PC3-17600 is even faster, but the PC3-18000 kit we have here from Corsair is simply insane. If PC3-18000 wasn't big enough, though, at the 2354MHz DDR clock we achieved, that number translates to PC3-18832.
What was so amazing about the modules when it came to overclocking was the simple fact that we were able to get so many more extra MHz while keeping the same 8-8-8-24 setup, which in itself is great.
We saw companies recently set the bar for performance memory at PC3-17600, but today Corsair has come out and raised that bar even higher and it's not for the simple reason that the kit is 50MHz DDR out of the box faster, but the fact that it's 50MHz DDR out of the box faster at the same timings; something we tend not to see at the launch of a new higher speed kit of RAM. More often than not, you would expect a 9-8-8-27 setup with companies eventually moving to an 8-8-8-24 one that we see from Corsair here today.
It's extremely hard to fault a kit that does the clock speeds it's supposed to out of the box. It becomes even harder to fault them when the same kit is able to smash past it's default clocks.
We could say that the $200 U.S. ( https://shop.corsair.com/store/item_view.aspx?id=123550) a module price tag is ridiculous and for the most part we wouldn't be lying. But really, you need to step back for a second and realize you're talking about a kit that carries with it a clock rate of 2250MHz DDR at 8-8-8-24. While it's hardly going to scream value to most people, when it comes to overclockers and people who want the most out of their system, what price do you put on speed?
To buy these modules you need two things, deep pockets and more importantly components that are going to handle this kind of speed. The worst thing is you can't really know if you're going to be able to run this setup till you buy it. If you have confidence in your system and your skills, you won't look back.
This is an extremely fast kit that performs well and truly above expectations. It's hard to call a product perfect for the simple reason that something can always be improved, but honestly, this is getting close to perfection.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Packaging and Modules]
- Page 3 [Overclocking]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and wPrime]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Everest Ultimate Edition]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - SiSoft Sandra]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Sciencemark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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