by Anton Shilov
07/01/2010 | 02:47 PM
Corsair Memory on Thursday revealed memory modules that can be formally claimed to be the fastest in the industry. Thanks to hand-picked memory chips, advanced cooling and advanced cooling system, the Dominator GT GTX6 memory modules can achieve whopping 2.625GHz clock-speed. But the modules have little practical usage: they only have 1GB capacity and even Corsair itself does not seem to want to guarantee their reliable operation on all platforms.
The Corsair Dominator GT GTX6 1GB memory module is officially rated to work at 2625MHz with CL9 11-10-30 latency settings and 1.65V or 1.45V voltage. The modules have been tested on the Gigabyte P55A-UD5 motherboard with BIOS Revision F10 at a clock speed of 2625MHz with specially selected Intel Core i7-860 and Core i7-870 microprocessors in single-channel mode. According to the manufacturer “speeds as high as 2600MHz” can “typically” be achieved in dual-channel mode. Corsair stresses that the novelties have not been tested on AMD-based and Intel LGA1366 platforms.
When Corsair Memory started its business roughly sixteen years ago and up to the year 2003 all of its memory modules were sold separately and end-users with advanced systems featuring dual-channel memory sub-systems had to acquire a couple of such sticks and then ensure that they work properly in tandem. However, starting from 2003 – 2004 timeframe Corsair and other leading manufacturers of computer memory started to sell virtually all modules as dual-channel matched pairs, saving time for the end-user. But with the Dominator GT GTX4 and GTX6 Corsair decided to go back to the roots and offer the modules separately.
Releasing 1GB memory modules for advanced systems in 2010 is a weird idea to say at least. Even moderate systems nowadays feature 4GB of memory and enthusiasts tend to install 6GB, 8GB or more. Memory module manufacturers, including Corsair itself, nowadays tend to offer dual-channel or triple-channel kits with maximum clock-speeds for those, who demand maximum performance. Selling memory modules separately allows Corsair to avoid any responsibility regarding inability of end-users to make those modules work at advertised clock-speeds in real-world dual-channel mode. The practice is rather questionable to say at least as basically the company sells products that are not actually designed for real-world applications. In fact, even Corsair itself admits this.
On the other hand, 1GB and hand-picked memory ICs along with advanced PCB and superior cooling system may indeed be the dream of overclockers, who want to achieve highest possible clock-speeds or benchmark results.
“What can I say, except these modules are fast. Really fast. While not really designed for day to day use, these modules make superb weapons for your overclocking arsenal,” said stated John Beekley, vice president of technical marketing at Corsair.
Overclocking is not an affordable hobby. Each Corsair Dominator GT GTX6 1GB costs $175 a piece. By contrast, Corsair Dominator GT GTX4 2GB (2533MHz with CL9 11-10-30 latency settings and 1.65V voltage) costs $325.
It is noteworthy that another leading supplier of high-end memory modules – OCZ Technology Group – claims that there is no sense in making ultra speedy dual-channel kits since all the mass enthusiasts use LGA1366 platform with triple-channel memory sub-system. It looks like Corsair has decided to address a very small amount of enthusiasts looking for maximum performance in select benchmarks with its Corsair Dominator GT GTX6 1GB, a move that may not exactly be a pure business, but rather an attempt to make it into the headlines.