Date: July 10th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Corsair
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Corsair has many years of experience in qualifying high-performance memories,
and has developed a knowledge base and track record which is among the
best in the industry. Corsair also has strict standards for product qualification;
any changes in design, bill-of-materials, and/or supplier, must be re-qualified
prior to shipment to end customers. These high standards, while somewhat
time consuming, have resulted in a very robust product, with extremely
few failures, returns, or compatibility problems. Corsair's Compatibility
Lab also tests our memory for compatibility with major system platforms,
including motherboards from all the industry leaders. Our web site provides
an up-to-date reference on which memory is the best fit for which motherboard.
Careful memory qualification is required to help eliminate the uncertainty
of the interactions between different components in a given computer system.
Corsair has implemented a qualification procedure that is among the most
stringent in the industry. While such a strong qualification procedure
cannot eliminate risk entirely, it ensures that the parts are as robust
as possible, and are suitable for today's mission-critical applications.
Corsair has a great online slide presentation which will brief you with
all the information you need to make an educated memory purchase. Check
out the in-depth presentation HERE.
With the introduction of the new Intel canterwood and springdale
chipsets, dual channel DDR memory was instantly thrusted into the forefront
as the fastest available DDR specification around. Essentially almost
doubling the bandwidth was needed to feed the memory hungry 800Mhz Intel
P4C processor with enough throughput to stop any possible bottleneck being
Being one of the premier performance memory manufacturers
in the world, Corsair provided Tweaknews.net with a 512meg sample of their
representative TwinX PC3200 Dual Channel DDR memory to test and see if
the new specification does indeed increase system performance and if so,
how much over say a single channel configuration. Corsair has been touted
as being the overclocker's choice when you need to get a high stable overclock,
let's see if it is true.