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Corsair Memory introduced its original Dominator-series of memory modules back in 2006 to coincide with the launch of Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad microprocessors. The Dominator modules quickly became popular for their high performance, reliability, overclockability and wide availability worldwide.  This summer, Corsair plans to revolutionize the memory market once again with the Dominator Platinum family of products.

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 memory modules will use a new printed circuit board (PCB) with internal cooling planes/layers as well as external copper thermal pads that are specifically tailored to install specials DHX (dual-path heat exchange) aluminum fins that dissipate the heat absorbed by the PCB. The Dominator Platinum modules will also continue to use aluminum heat-spreaders installed onto memory chips themselves. In a bid to make Dominator Platinum even more desired by performance enthusiasts and PC modders, Corsair will equip them with special light bars and light pipes that can be customized to change the look of memory modules. Finally, the Dominator Platinum will support Corsair Link technology that allows to precisely monitor and control their operation.

Among the first offerings in the Corsair Dominator Platinum family will be DDR3 memory modules based on latest-generation 4Gb memory chips rated to run at whopping 3.0GHz. The first breed of modules will also include various dual-channel and quad-channel options for Intel Core i-series 3000 microprocessors running on Z77 (LGA1156) and X79 (LGA2011) platforms that support Intel XMP 1.3 profiles, according to an ad published in a fresh issue of Computer Power User magazine. The new modules will also be compatible with other DDR3 platforms from AMD and Intel.

In the recent years Corsair's rivals started to catch up with the Dominator-series modules in terms of speed. For example, the first 3000MHz memory modules were announced several weeks ago. But with all the advancements made to cooling system and PCB, the Dominator Platinum will not bring just new speed bins to the Dominator family, but will enable further overclocking potential for those looking forward performance records.

But while Corsair Dominator may be described as unmatched in terms of performance, reliability, overclocking potential and other characteristic, there is just one that clearly does not describe this family: affordability, the modules made to perform do cost a lot. Expect in stores this summer.

Tags: Corsair, Dominator, Dominator Platinum, DDR3, DRAM

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The gamesmanship with newest "extreme" frequency RAM-of-the-week, is disingenuous IMO as PC system performance does not scale well with higher frequency RAM even though in synthetic benches it looks nice.

This over-priced DDR3 RAM is just development work for DDR4. If they were selling 8 GHz. @ $60. then maybe it would make some sense for people who just want to see how high they can OC, but for actual use, testing has shown there is such minute system gains in real applications with RAM running above 1333 MHz. that only a fool would pay a premium for higher frequency RAM.

As far as advanced cooling is concerned... DDR3 DIMMs draw approx. 10W and do not run hot nor need extra cooling so this is marketing at it's best. Top mounted heatsinks are all for profit, not performance.

It's nice that the RAM companies are moving closer to DDR4 specs but to charge absurd prices for this higher frequency DDR3 RAM is exploitation of the technically challenged IMO.

I'm also aware that manufacturers and advertisers want websites to hawk this stuff to naive consumers...
1 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/30/12 05:41:26 PM]
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All of what you said can apply to cars as well, but just because nobody needs a Ferrari to drive to work everyday doesn't mean Ferrari is disingenuous or exploiting the technically challenged. It's necessary for the sake of progress that will eventually trickle down to the mainstream product lines. Stuff like this is hardly targeting the masses, mostly the rich and the true performance seeking enthusiasts. Without it technology will stagnate, just look at the hard drive industry.
1 0 [Posted by: qiqi1021  | Date: 05/30/12 08:38:39 PM]
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gigi-

You're missing the point. This over-hyped, over-priced RAM is a cash cow for mfgs. who are developing DDR4 RAM. If you buy this RAM which has almost no value to anyone with a desktop PC - including enthusiasts, you're going to be mad as Hell in a few months when DDR4 rolls out for 2/3rds the price and has more "potential" than this hyped DDR3.

Don't confuse technology with marketing. Technology marches on regardless. The reason this over-priced/hyped RAM is being offered is to exploit folks who don't know that there are almost no gains with increased RAM frequency above 1333 MHz. and certainly little to no value in buying expensive RAM that offers no benefit.

Yes some folks will buy this RAM for bragging rights just as some folks would buy a Ferrari to impress their freinds. Neither has anything to do with technology stagnating or continuing as technology continues regardless of who is duped into buying this RAM. At least with a Ferrari you have a collectible where you can recoup your investment, unlike with this RAM.

It's also worth noting that technology development is not limited to over-priced/hyped models be they RAM or cars. Electronic Fuel Injections, (EFI) was actually popularized by of all companies - Volkswagen, on low cost models like the Type III/IV models. So it's a fallacy to believe that over-priced tech is the bases for mass use of this tech.

People are certainly free to buy whatever makes them happy but you'd think enthusiast would at least technically educate themselves before wasting their money on a fantasy.

For those who have never actually run system performance tests with real applications based on frequency and latency changes - you should. You'll be surprised and disappointed in the minute gains and terrible value in buying high frequency RAM or tighter latency RAM for use above 1333 MHz. on typical desktop PCs. Servers with the correct chipsets may benefit from higher frequency RAM but the RAM above would not be used in such applications as it would be a waste of money without a matching CPU/chipset that could benefit from the higher frequency.
1 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/31/12 06:55:10 AM]
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The DDR4 standard is so different from DDR3 that module makers looking forward to manufacture DDR4 will hardly learn anything about DDR4 modules by making high-end DDR3 modules.
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 05/31/12 07:49:29 AM]
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Simmer down now. There are benefits of faster than 1333 MHz RAM. There isn't great scaling, but there is some benefit, and some will benefit more than others. Having higher frequency also allows tighter timings at lower frequencies, which can have a noticeable effect on real world speed. There are noticeable gains to be had when overclocking, which is who this RAM is targeted. Heatsinks help keep it cool, which increases stability, overclocking, and component life.

Also, with RAM prices nearly as cheap as dirt, whats an extra $20 or so for faster RAM for your system that costs $500-1000. This may have better performance than early DDR4 due to much lower latency.
1 0 [Posted by: xeridea  | Date: 05/31/12 10:55:51 AM]
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Except there are some rare cases in which a consumer might want something like this, such as, POEM@Home is so RAM intensive, that I was forced to overclock to 1866MHz CL10 RAM and still cannot keep my FX-8120 and Radeon HD 7950 fed (at best 57% utilization). At it's default speed of 1600Mhz the best it could do was 50%. Fast RAM like this will greatly help the latency present in multicore processors and help with OpenCL tasks that send data to and from GPU and CPU at fast rates.
0 0 [Posted by: mmstick  | Date: 06/02/12 02:33:13 AM]
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Give me low timings and low prices for those modules, and we have a winner.
Also wee need some more DDR3@2133 or 2200Mhz...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/31/12 01:00:29 AM]
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Testing has shown that with desktop PC RAM run at or above 1333 MHz. there is only minute gains in frequency or latency changes due to the real time reduction of one clock cycle. APUs like Llano are the only desktop exception at the moment. They do show an advantage up to a point with faster RAM because the GPU can use it.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/31/12 06:35:32 AM]
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I can see some big differences here:
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4503/39725.png
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4503/39742.png

I can see that there is at least 33% more speed in 2133Mhz modules than 1333Mhz ones...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/31/12 10:11:55 AM]
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