Corsair XMS3700 512MB TwinX

Aron Schatz
July 30, 2003
Corsair makes some fine memory and this particular kit is ready to run at 466Mhz. The TwinX package comes with dual sticks of RAM, just what is needed for Dual DDR. How does it perform? Read on to find out.
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With more and more Dual Channel chipsets coming out for both the AMD and Intel variants of motherboards, it is becoming more and more important to find memory that will work in tandem, guarantied. <a href="">Corsair</a> steps forward to provide people with some of the fastest dual channel memory, the XMS 3700.

<B>A word about Corsair</B>:

<I>Corsair memory is specifically designed for rock-solid performance in the most demanding of applications. Data lines are specifically designed for noise immunity; clock lines are optimized for minimum skew. All modules use impedance-controlled printed circuit boards, with 30 micro-inches of selectively plated gold to ensure a proper interface with the DIMM socket.</I>

That's a word from Corsair's website, but let's see if there memory can perform shall we?

<B>The Past</B>:

If you need a refresher from the past, please check my <a href="/articles.php?id=82">first memory review</a>. Just remember, Dual Channel is pretty new. Even DDR is pretty new. Everything moves so fast, it simply is amazing.

<B>The Box</B>:


Corsair packs the memory is a very large box, with lots of packing corns. Shipping the memory is nice and safe.

<B>The Packaging</B>:

<center>Package Front Package Back</center>

The packaging protects the memory very well. You can clearly see what type and speed of memory you are buying since the packing is clear. On the back, there are alot of quotes from reviews from other websites... Pat yourself on the back for that one.

<B>The RAM</B>:

<center>Ram Single</center>

Both sticks of RAM are actually rated for CAS2.5 at PC3200 (400Mhz). Corsair goes the extra mile to test there ability to perform at higher than rated clock speeds. When you buy Corsair, you are buying the guaranty that the memory will run at no problems at the speed you need.


Both the back and front of the RAM are covered with ramsinks. They are well epoxied on, I tried to remove them to see what the chips actually are, but I couldn't. It is safe to say that these things are on there for the long run. The deliberations continue on whether or not ramsinks actually work, but they can't hurt.


The contact that the ramsinks makes with the chip is great, no gaps at all are seeable.


The sticker on the sticks of RAM detail the actual specs of the ram you are buying. Notice that it is 256MB and it can run at 466Mhz at a setting of 3-4-4-8. That setting is the max that ram can do, so it might not have much room to overclock past the spec. Remember though, you are already overclocking it, it is rated for 400Mhz.


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