Raising The Performance/Overclocking Bar DDR550
Just when you were getting comfortable with high speed DDR memory modules of the DDR466 and DDR500 class, a few memory module suppliers chanced upon the good yields for RAM parts and started offering yet another class of memory modules at DDR550. Corsair was among the earliest to notice the capabilities of these select few RAM parts, thoroughly verify their stability at such insane speeds before introducing them into their retail XMS memory product line.
Corsair's Xtreme Memory Speed (XMS) memory modules have clearly been targeted at the high performance seekers and extreme gamers that it's no surprise that their DDR550 modules are only available in this series. These are available in the usual flavors in either a single module and the TWINX pack which has two identically matched RAM modules that are ideal for dual-channel capable motherboards. In this review, we'll take the Corsair TWINX1024-4400 for a spin in our RAM test rig and weigh the advantage it offers for extreme overclockers. The Corsair TWINX1024-4400 pack consists of dual 512MB modules and these gems are as shown below:-
These are the expensive Corsair XMS DDR550 memory modules. The black heat spreaders are firmly attached to the RAM chip with a heat-conductive thermal tape. If you would like the Platinum heat spreader version, look out for the 'PT' appended to the model number.
Here's a close-up on one of them.
Let's jump straight into our test segment and munch on some results from these high performance memory modules.