Corsair Dominator GT 32GB Memory Review (CMT32GX3M4X1866C9)
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With the launch of Intel’s x79 chipset in November 2011 and the new possibility of quad channel memory configurations, memory manufacturers started to slowly push these quad channel kits to market. While last year was the push for higher frequencies netting us outrageous 2600 MHz kits, this year is primed to be the year of the GB. As the standard capacity of any gaming or enthusiast platform increases from 8GB to 16GB and larger we will start to see even higher density kits released. Some evidence of this is G.Skills 64GB kit of RipjawZ’s released in December.
Corsair has also been hard at work with their new Vengeance series releasing 8, 16, and 32GB kits in any flavor you would so choose. Corsairs top tier lineup of Dominator GT solutions has also come through the gates with a facelift and extra capacity. With this extra capacity there is more and more chatter on the discussion boards about RAM disk solutions and what kinds of performance could be expected from these high density kits. In an effort to bring answers to the table I have on the test bench today a 32GB kit of Corsair Dominator GTs (CMT32GX3M4X1866C9) with the infamous red on black color scheme and I must say these are some damn sexy sticks. While the focus in this article won’t be on the quad channel performance of this kit but rather dual channel performance and what benefits one might see from a high density kit such as these for those of you still utilizing Intel’s P67 or Z68 platform, including RAM disk performance.
We will also take an in depth look at what it takes to push these sticks to their limits using default voltage settings and timings from the JEDEC standard 1333 CL9 at 1.5v to the XMP settings of 1866 CL9 at the same 1.5v. Oh hell we might even go for the gusto and overvolt things a bit.