Page 1 of 6Introduction
Corsair's reputation grew rapidly when they started their XMS line of memory. At that time, the inclusion of memory heatspreaders was a great addition to not only looks, but as a sign of high performance memory. They moved on to make memory aesthetics even more impressive with the Pro series, which featured flashing lights that showed memory activity. The latest innovation from Corsair was the Xpert series, which featured display LED's that show information about frequency, voltage, temperature, or even your own personal message. It's no surprise why gamers like Corsair memory; they just look so damn good. What we have today is Corsair's new addition to their DDR2 line of memory. Although not the fastest rated memory available, the XMS2 PC2-4300 Pro allows low latency operations at 266MHZ.
DDR enthusiasts should be well aware that the PCB is a huge bottleneck when overclocking to high frequencies. The perfect example would be the Brainpower 808. Comparing our reviews of the Corsair PC4400C25 and the Corsair Xpert PC3200XL, both of which use Samsung TCCD chips, the PC4400C25 overclocks much better. Of course there are other factors to consider, such as motherboard, voltage, and specific week of the memory IC's. Yet, it's quite obvious that Corsair's custom designed PCB on their Xpert memory was hindering the overclock. That can't be helped because their display LED's require a special PCB design. Unlike DDR, DDR2 is still fairly new and has a lot of overclocking headroom. After experiencing different DDR2 offerings from various companies, I can say that 99.9% of the time the motherboard and CPU are the major overclocking bottlenecks in an DDR2 system. It's safe to say that the PCB certainly won't pose a threat here.