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Corsair TwinX1024-4000 DDR Memory Review

Corsair TwinX1024-4000 DDR Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With competition heating up between manufacturers and their PC3700/4000 memory modules, Corsair have released the XMS4000 dual channel DDR series.
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External Mfg. Website: Corsair Aug 05 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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UT2003 640x480 Flyby
AMD (FSB/Memory) FPS Ranking
1. 2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (200/400 MHz) 240.34
2. 2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (223/446 MHz)

253.48

Intel (FSB/Memory)

1. 2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (200/400 MHz) 205.14
2.

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (223/446 MHz)

243.04

UT2003 640x480 Botmatch
AMD (FSB/Memory) FPS Ranking
1. 2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (200/400 MHz) 78.64
2. 2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (223/446 MHz)

80.59

Intel (FSB/Memory)

1. 2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (200/400 MHz) 68.51
2.

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 (223/446 MHz)

83.12

In UT2003 it seems like AMD does not get as big a boost due to the higher FSB. The Intel performs nicely as bandwidth increases.

It's definitely fast memory

There's no doubt that Corsair's newly released TwinX1024-4000 memory is extremely fast, though latency is sacrificed for this speed. While our Intel test system seemed to love the memory, the AMD rig did not get as big a performance boost as we'd expect from a system running at 223 MHz FSB. This also begs the age old question enthusiasts question; "which is more important latency or speed?"

With a retail price of $449 CDN ($322 USD) the two 512MB sticks of Corsair TwinX1024-4000 are certainly expensive, but then again if you want 1GB of the best DDR you'd better be willing to pay for it!

Corsair have gone with a new DRAM supplier (Hynix) for their top of the line memory modules, previously, Corsair had been using Winbond DRAM on both their XMS3200 CAS2 and XMS3500 CAS2 DIMMs. Now those modules are Hynix HY5DU56822BT-D43.

Officially the Hynix HY5DU56822BT-D43 DDR is only rated to run at 200 MHz FSB, but it seems by raising the memory voltage to 2.75V and raising the memory timings to 3-4-4-8 Corsair is able to get an extra 50 MHz out of it. Not bad at all.

It seems these days consumers are most interested in how a particular memory module performs, and what that performance costs. Customer Service is often overlooked when buying memory, but it can certainly make it easier to plunk down the big money on a few GB of memory. Corsair have excellent customer service in our experience, and you won't be left out to dry if something is haywire. I've RMA'ed Corsair memory in the past, and I can vouch that it's a pretty painless process.

If you're an AMD user you'll probably want to pass on the Corsair TwinX1024-4000 DIMMs as they work best with looser timings which negate many advantages of a higher FSB. If you're an Intel user on the other hand, the Corsair TwinX1024-4000 modules are pretty fast, and 1GB of DDR the basic minimum these days for a good gaming machine. In the Intel world, bandwidth is just as important as latency, and you can see the TwinX1024-4000 did very well there indeed!

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Contents of Article: Corsair TwinX1024-4000
 Pg 1.  Corsair TwinX1024-4000 DDR Memory Review
 Pg 2.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Quake III Arena
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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