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Corsair XMS3200 256MB Memory Review (Page 1)

With modern motherboards continuing their push to the next level, it can sometimes be difficult to find memory that is up to the task. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the newset offering from Corsair; namely their XMS3200 DDR Memory Modules. They're marketing it as capable of delivering DDR400 compatibility with CAS2 Latency Timings. That's a pretty big claim, so come join us as we find out if it can really perform at this level!
By Asher Moses from Sep 29, 2002 @ 23:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction

For many, the type of memory used is not too much of a concern and the cheapest module is often the most satisfying. However, for overclockers, memory is one of the most important components of the whole PC. Why? Well, on many motherboards as you increase the FSB (front side bus) to overclock your processor, your memory bus, PCI bus and AGP bus all increase in clock speed as well. While some current motherboards now feature dividers that allow you to lock your memory bus at speeds of your choice, your module still needs to be able to run at high speeds while keeping low CAS timings.

For years now, Corsair has been the number one memory manufacturers for overclockers. Not only have their modules been able to reach higher speeds than the competition, but they have also been able to do this while keeping latency timings to a minimum. We have recently had the chance to take a look at Corsair's latest product, XMS3200. Can Corsair continue to raise the bar in the memory market? Read on to find out!

Specifications

Memory amount: 256MB

Access time: 6.0ns

Implemented using 32M x 8M DDR SDRAMs with 6.0ns access time

100% tested at 200MHz in high performance systems

Integrated aluminium heat spreader for improved thermal performance

Lifetime warranty

Six-layer construction

Each module is tested in either an EPoX EP-8K3A and/or Asustek P4S333 at 200MHz

Latency: 2-3-3-3-1T if one module is installed

Latency: 2.5-6-3-3-2T if two modules are installed

SPD programmed at proposed JEDEC values of PC2700 (PC3200 not defined by JEDEC yet)

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