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Saving Easy: Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D

Our tests showed that the use of overclocker DDR3-1600 SDRAM may make some practical sense for those enthusiasts who want the highest performance at any price. We can’t deny that high-speed memory does ensure higher performance in Core i7 platforms. At the same time, kits like Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D are quite expensive and this price may scare away a few potential buyers.

Luckily, Corsair took care of these users and is offering a similar kit, which contains three 1GB modules instead of three 2GB ones. This kit is called Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D.

Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D memory modules look just like their elder counterparts. Their internal structure is also almost the same. They only differ by the number of chips. While Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D features double-sided 16-chip modules, the 3GB TR3X3G1600C8D kit contains single-sided modules, 8 chips on each.

As a result, no wonder that the nominal specs of the “junior” Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D kit differ only by the memory capacity from the 6GB one:

  • 3 DDR3 SDRAM modules, each 1GB in capacity;
  • 1600MHz frequency;
  • CAS Latency 8, 8-8-8-24 timings;
  • 1.65V voltage.

Both kits have the same XMP profiles contents:

But that’s not all. Our practical tests showed that Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D memory modules overclock almost the same as Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D kit. So, the Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D modules may be of interest to those users who do not do anything requiring large memory capacities.

Although memory makers, like Corsair, for instance, point out that their 6GB memory kits are superior over their 3GB kits, you can actually feel this difference only in specific applications working with large amounts of data. Most general-purpose applications running on home systems can do just fine with 3GB of memory. Especially, since it is close to the maximum memory capacity supported by widely spread 32-bit operating systems. For example, the set of benchmarks we used today turned out almost indifferent to the change in RAM capacity from 3GB to 6GB. We could only notice the effect from having more memory only by the time it took our OS, applications and gaming levels to load.

However, we can suggest a different solution for those who want to save a bit of money. And it may even turn out much more interesting, too.

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