Corsair Memory has announced that it would manufacture memory modules featuring Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) technology from Intel Corp. While the popular maker of memory modules did not reveal when it plans to make the modules available, it did reveal that it will offer at least three products for different end-users and budgets.
The XMP lineup of Corsair will include Dominator 2GB DDR3 kit capable of operating at 1800MHz with CL7 7-7-20 timings as well as XMS3 DHX 2GB set of memory modules that will work at 1600MHz with CL7 7-7-20 latency settings. Besides, Corsair will offer a 4GB XMS3 memory module kit with 1.60GHz clock-speed and CL7 7-7-20 timings.
Extreme memory profiles (XMP) are SPD (Serial Presence Detect) settings that are activated once memory modules are installed into a system with a mainboard that supports such settings. It is projected that XMP will be supported by mainboards based on Intel X38 chipset and will allow memory modules to function at higher clock-speeds with aggressive latency settings to provide additional performance. Corsair said it worked closely with Intel Corp. to create its XMP modules. Besides, Corsair also revealed that Intel will have a special certification program for XMP products.
“Corsair and Intel have worked closely to evolve and develop next generation DDR3 SPD memory specifications. The Intel XMP will open the door to a broader adoption of the DDR3 platform technology. As the recognized leader in high-performance enthusiast memory, we are proud to have worked with Intel to develop this optimized performance specification and to be the first licensee of the certification program logo,” said Jack Peterson, vice president of marketing at Corsair.
The new memory modules from Corsair are projected to be available this year. The Dominator 2GB DDR3 kit will cost $599, whereas the 2GB and 4GB XMS3 options will have manufacturer suggested price of $499 and $899, respectively.