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Corsair’s Dominator Platinum series is charismatic, featuring a number of positive traits no other product can offer. Besides the excellent speed, carefully selected memory chips, clever PCB wiring and unblemished reputation of the brand, these memory kits are special thanks to their exclusive exterior design. Their heatsinks are efficient in terms of cooling and effective in terms of looks. Corsair is the only maker of overclocker-friendly memory that ensures that both the chips and the PCB are cooled properly whereas the integrated highlighting will make the Dominator Platinum a jewel in a modder’s computer. You can hardly find a better solution for your system if you are into modding.

The only downside is that all of this comes at a price. The Dominator Platinum series is about twice as expensive as ordinary memory modules with similar technical specs. Therefore, it is a premium offer for a limited group of enthusiasts who can appreciate their aesthetics and enjoy their Corsair Link connectivity with extended monitoring capabilities.

Talking about the particular products in the Dominator Platinum series, the CMD8GX3M2A2133C9 kit rated for DDR3-2133 mode seems to have the most attractive price/specs ratio. It features aggressive timings for its rather high speed and can work at a voltage of 1.5 volts. We were also impressed by the CMD8GX3M2A2666C11 kit which is the first DDR3 SDRAM we’ve seen to be able to work at 2666 MHz. Its high frequency makes the computer much faster in memory-sensitive applications: by 7 to 10% compared to ordinary DDR3-1600.

The junior Dominator Platinum products are not as attractive, in our opinion. Although they have all the external splendor of the series and are compatible with the Corsair Link, they cannot run at really high clock rates. Corsair is very precise when it comes to choosing chips for particular memory kits, so we don’t have much hope that the DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 kits can be overclocked to the frequencies of their senior cousins.

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