Corsair Company doesn’t need a special introduction. This is undoubtedly one of the most eminent overclocker memory makers. The memory from this manufacturer usually stands out due to remarkable specifications and outstanding quality. However, for the current project we received Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV memory kit that yields to many competitor solutions out there in characteristics. We could say in Corsair’s defense that their TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV memory is targeted for Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI based systems, however, in reality it is absolutely identical to TW3X4G1600C9DHX modules that have no special optimizations of any kind.
The main peculiarity of Corsair memory is obviously their brand name DHX heat-spreaders that have two advantages over traditional memory cooling systems. They have larger heat dissipating surface area due to their comb shape and hence remove heat from the chips more effectively. Besides, they also feature special additional plates cooling the PCB and not the memory chips. However, these unique heat-spreaders also have a drawback. They are taller than standard cooling systems, so Corsair memory modules may not fit into systems equipped with certain large CPU coolers.
Unfortunately, this sophisticated cooling system did affect the price, but not the features. Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV costs about $40-$50 more than competitors, while the specifications are overall quite modest:
- 2 DDR3 SDRAM modules, 2GB each;
- Frequency: 1600MHz;
- CAS Latency – 9, timings configuration: 9-9-9-24;
- Voltage: 1.8V.
As we see, at 1.8V voltage Corsair could only reach the same specifications as Aeneon XTUNE modules working at much lower voltage. In Corsair’s defense we could say that the modules did perform pretty well in our tests: at 1600MHz frequency we could get them to work stably at CAS Latency 7.
Corsair engineers are always very thorough when it comes to SPD programming, which makes their memory compatible with a wide range of different mainboards. This time is also no exception. The modules’ SPD contained a broad variety of operational modes. However, taking into account that Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV is targeted for use in Nvidia based systems in the first place, there was no XMP support.
Instead the modules support EPP 2.0 profiles that are quite useless for the majority of users. So, if you want to properly configure your Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV, you will have to do it manually through BIOS Setup.