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While the latest and greatest from Corsair has been the Xpert DDR and high speed DDR2, a few enthusiasts have reported an interesting find with their regular DDR PC3200XL line of memory. Sure, it doesn't sport any fancy lights or LED readouts, but the performance behind the memory is fantastic. I'm sure that everyone can recall when Corsair first announced the TCCD based XL memory. Everyone wooed, wowed, and scrambled to find a place to make the purchase. The initial release was labeled v1.1. At that time, no one knew that the PCB would be such a significant factor in terms of high scaling memory speeds. I was able to get my hands on a pair of the older v1.1 XL memory, and boy, did it suck while overclocking. Anything beyond 250MHZ and the memory required a command rate of 2T. It wasn't until later when OCZ released their TCCD based memory that overclockers began to realize the potential behind the Brainpower PCB. Memory makers began to adopt the Brainpower PCB in a matter of minutes; Brainpower PCB started appearing everywhere. Corsair didn't hesitate and quickly released the XMS PC4400C25. The memory featured the same TCCD chips and used a Brainpower PCB, but it wasn't the usual 808 or 815 that we're accustomed to. I asked Corsair on the specifics, but was not given any information, other than that it was a specially designed Brainpower product. With the use of that "special" Brainpower PCB, the XMS PC4400C25 scaled rather nicely and put Corsair back in the competition for great overclocking memory.
So what's so special about the v1.2 that we've received today? Corsair realized that a good PCB is needed to further increase the headroom during overclocking. They released a newer revision that fixes the problems of v1.1. With a wide variety of memory available incorporating TCCD and a Brainpower PCB, what makes this new Corsair product any better?