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November 1, 2012 4:22:16 PM

Hi Guys,

The overview and tech specs description on the corsair website of the XMS3 CMX16GX3M2A1600C11 differ.
http://www.corsair.com/en/xms3-16gb-dual-channel-ddr3-m...

The overview says its 4 x 2G modules. The tech specs say its 2 x 8G modules
The overview say its 1600. The tech specs says its 1866
The overview says its 1.65v. (They must be referring to the tested speed) . The tech specs says its 1.5v

This is really confusing

Does the XMS3 retain its performance and tested ratings 9-9-9-24 at 1.5v 1600mhz?
I presume that it would be stable up to the tested speed 1866 and voltage 1.65v as it would be working within its tested range? hence more stable than the vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10R if it (vengeance) were overclocked to 1.55v

Being a later model? Is the Vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10R a better option even though its rated at 1.5v 1600mhz and can it perform better and stable if it were overclocked.
http://www.corsair.com/en/vengeance-low-profile-16gb-du...

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November 1, 2012 5:34:02 PM

xms is corsair memory series that ensure overlocking capability..

vegeance is corsair memory series for mainstream user..

about overclockability..
vegeance just moderate overclocking, well honestly, just slightly increase form stock speed (1600)
i have vegeance set, running 1600 mhz at 8-8-821..but i cannot pass more than 1700mhz..

xms provide better overclocking, many of 1600 Mhz xms, can run at 1866mhz without hiccups..

dorminator..? xms + memory fan...:D 
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November 1, 2012 5:57:15 PM

thanks, makes sense and I think im leaning toward the XMS3 in that it wont be stressed out in any way running at 1.55v or example.

As it is, I wouldnt overclock the ram so high as to risk frying the processor.

Dominator.. will dominate my already empty wallet :-D
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a b } Memory
November 1, 2012 6:17:08 PM

memory overclocking will not fry your processor...its a different part..

but actually memory overclocking just slightly improve your performance..barely noticeable..

for intel sandy/ivy/phenom/bulldozer, 1600mhz is the sweetest spot..you (almost) can't feel the difference between using 2133 mhz and 1600

but if your rig equipped by trinity class and onboard vga, then memory is the main factor..get as fast as you can, and you'll see very noticeable fps increase while you gaming..
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November 1, 2012 6:51:03 PM

i've just seen that there is only xms3 1.65v 1600 mhz available in single 8G modules so i'd need to buy two which is not a problem. Can undervolting the ram result in BSOD or cause it to perform slower than its tested timings

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