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Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review

Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Enthusiasts want fast memory with aggressive memory timings. None of this 3-4-4-8 stuff here!
Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Corsair Jun 17 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Memory comparison

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Flyby FPS Ranking

AMD Athlon64 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 289.15
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400)

299.25

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (200/400)

300.26

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (225/450)

303.18

Intel Pentium 4 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 199.41
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 204.1

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (200/400)

206.31

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (260/520)

265.15
Botmatch FPS Ranking

AMD Athlon64 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 92.18
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400)

94.1

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (200/400)

94.69

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (225/450)

94.98

Intel Pentium 4 System Results

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX4400PT (200/400) 65.26
2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed (200/400) 67.95

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (200/400)

67.54

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX3200XL (260/520)

86.12

If you want to game at stock speeds, you do better with some nice low latency DDR memory!

Maximum DDR Overclocking Tests

It's great to see how individual memory stacks up against one another under stock configuration, but we're also going to show how they stack up to each other when overclocked. The results are listed below for some of the recent memory to cross our test bench. The higher the speed, the better.

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

AMD System Results

Timings

Max Speed

Ranking

OCZ PC3700 Gold Rev2 2-3-2-6 486 MHz
OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed 2-2-2-5 480 MHz
OCZ PC3500EB Platinum 2.5-2-2-5 460 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition 2-2-2-5 454 MHz
Corsair TwinX3200XL 2-2-2-5 450 MHz
PMI PC4200-512DG 2-3-3-6 434 MHz
Corsair TwinX1024-4400PT 3-4-4-8 410 MHz
OCZ PC4000EL Gold 2.5-4-4-7 406 MHz

Intel System Results

Timings

Max Speed

Ranking

Corsair TwinX1024-4400PT 3-4-4-8 550 MHz
OCZ PC4200 EL 2.5-4-4-7 542 MHz
OCZ PC4000EL Gold 2.5-4-4-7 536 MHz
PMI PC4200-512DG 3-4-4-8 526 MHz
Corsair TwinX3200XL 2.5-3-3-7 520 MHz
GeIL PC4000 Platinum 2.5-4-4-7 520 MHz
Corsair TwinX4000PRO 3-4-4-8 520 MHz
Corsair TwinX4000 3-4-4-8 516 MHz
OCZ PC3200 Plat LTD Ed 2-2-2-5 480 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition 2-2-2-5 472 MHz
OCZ PC3500EB Platinum 2.5-2-2-5 460 MHz
OCZ PC3700 Gold Rev2 2.5-4-4-7 460 MHz

Overall, the TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro DDR memory performed pretty well on the Athlon64 test system - not the fastest we've seen but definitely not bad. On the Intel rig, when you loosen the timings the Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro DDR easily competes with PC4000/4200 class memory!

Low Latency Memory!

Manufacturers really do listen to the rants and raves from end users. No longer is the battle raging for the highest speed PC5500 DDR (or whatever the marketing department can get away with), the focus has shifted nicely to memory latency.

Informed consumers know that memory latency is just as important to performance as high speed DDR. While other companies have announced new low latency memory, only Corsair has delivered. As of this writing, the other stuff is simply vaporware.

Corsair's new TwinX3200XL PRO memory are the first sticks of DDR RAM on the market built with Samsung's hot new low latency DRAM -not the older EOL Winbond memory modules. The two TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro 512MB DIMM's PCstats tested are officially rated to run at 200 MHz, with timings of 2-2-2-5 timings. This goes for every platform, be it AthlonXP, Athlon64 or Pentium4.

The benchmarks indicated that the performance of the TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro DDR memory at stock speeds was outstanding. That's to be expected when dealing with Corsair; the company is known to sell only what they memory will actually do.

In terms of overclocking, on the Athlon64 system, we were able to hit a very respectable 225 MHz while keeping the most aggressive memory timings available. With the Intel test system, things were even better. The TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro DDR reached as high as 260 MHz, with 2.5-3-3-7 timings. That's better than a lot of PC4000 rated memory that we've tested! To top it all off, the DIMMs feature neat activity LED's, and more importantly, one of the best warranties in the industry.

With a retail price of $476 CDN ($347 US) , the Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL PRO memory is priced very aggressively compared to other low latency memory. And yes, I'd recommend you grab a pair for your rig, even if you like to run at stock speeds.

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5. Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings

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Contents of Article: Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro
 Pg 1.  Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro Memory Review
 Pg 2.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Memory comparison

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