Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X1024-4300C3PRO 1GB DC Kit - Page 2

Written by John Chen    Saturday, 02 April 2005 11:00
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Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X1024-4300C3PRO

The XMS2 PC2-4300 Pro features the Micron "fatty" chips.  Physically, these are the largest DDR2 chips available.  It's quite easy to recognize the chips, even though the heatspreaders weren't removed; a peek underneath shows the chips' large width.  Although the goals for use of DDR2 is low heat output and smaller form factor, the "fatty" chips still don't put out much heat.  The memory sticks were barely warm to the touch under hours of stress.  Currently, the Micron "fatty" chips are the only DDR2 IC's that allow true low latency operations.  Is Corsair's low latency rating of 3-3-3-8 considered low.  It's decent, but currently there are other manufacturers that rate even lower timings of 3-2-2, such as Centon, OCZ, and PDP.  Since Corsair uses the same "fatty" chips, I have no doubt that the timings can reach 3-2-2. 

The main attraction of the Corsair Pro series is the memory activity lights.  The lights flash depending on the amount of memory usage.  The shot below shows the memory running full load in Memtest.  The memory activity lights are great for cases with windows.  There is no software required for the lights to flash.  It happens all naturally and is already configured with the PCB.