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Corsair And OCZ Triple-Channel DDR3

Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008, Part 4
By , Ed Tittel, Thomas Soderstrom

http://www.ocztechnology.com/
$250
By : Chris Angelini

http://www.corsair.com/
$305

We actually received two 6GB memory kits in time for our Core i7 coverage and had the chance to put them both through their paces. Depending on your approach to the platform, each has its own redeeming qualities.

OCZ’s DDR3 PC3-10666 kit, for example, operates at up to 1,333 MHz, which is already faster than the Core i7’s integrated memory controller is rated to run. And yet, OCZ is still able to get aggressive 7-7-7-20 timings out of these modules at 1.5V. A pair of XMP profiles also facilitates hands-off 8-8-8-20 and 7-7-7-20 settings at 1.6V, if you’d rather let your motherboard do the tweaking for you.

Of course, you’re probably already aware that i7’s integrated memory controller is very sensitive to DRAM voltage, so gone are the days of OCZ’s huge EVP guarantees over and above the JEDEC voltage specs. But OCZ does go up to 1.65V on its protection—right up to Intel’s maximum recommended voltage level.

The kit includes three 2 GB modules, totaling 6 GB. Granted, you could easily get away with a trio of 1 GB modules instead if you were looking to build on a 32-bit platform. But the i7’s triple-channel architecture, coupled with a solid foundation of 64-bit drivers and optimized applications, represents a great opportunity to break past the 4 GB barrier and adopt a 64-bit environment.

If you’re overclocking the Core i7 920 and concerned about the lack of multiplier flexibility, Corsair’s Dominator-based TR3X6G1600C8D kit gives you a little extra frequency headroom at the cost of timings. The 1,600 MHz kit is another step up beyond Intel’s official 1,066 MHz controller speed, though that isn’t stopping third-party motherboard vendors from supporting speeds as high as 1,800 MHz. Needless to say, with the right board, these Corsair modules shouldn’t have any trouble at 1,600 MHz.

In order to realize the kit’s 8-8-8-24 timings, you’ll need to be running the modules at 1.65V. In order to guarantee compatibility at boot-up, the modules’ SPDs are programmed to 9-9-9-24 at 1,333 MHz. Selecting the available XMP profile gives you the faster 1,600 MHz settings.

As with the OCZ kit, Corsair’s attractive Dominator package consists of three 2 GB modules. The two kits are priced within $50 of each other, too. So your choice will likely come down to which attribute is more important : extra frequency headroom with the Corsair kit or tighter timings at 1,333 MHz with OCZ’s offering. Either one would be a real holiday treat.

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    snotling , December 2, 2008 11:10 AM
    The model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.
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    snotling , December 2, 2008 11:16 AM
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.

    I did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.
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    wicko , December 2, 2008 11:28 AM
    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous :p 
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    blackened144 , December 2, 2008 11:54 AM
    I personally like the brunette for the articles.. Something about her reminds me of Christmas.. The blonde, not so much..
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    LSoares1 , December 2, 2008 12:19 PM
    Wait, Did I miss something? What happened to part 2 and 3 of the 2008 Holiday Guide? All I see is part 1 and now this one....
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    LSoares1 , December 2, 2008 12:31 PM
    nevermind - I see the links in this article, but I didn't notice them on the Guide section.
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    antiacid , December 2, 2008 1:11 PM
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.

    Were you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.
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    WINTERLORD , December 2, 2008 4:08 PM
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    Of course, you’ll void your warranty in the process,


    does anyone know if intel really can tell if your CPU has been just mildly overclocked? with no burn marks ect. i wonder about that cause id love to overclock it's fun to tinker with, but could not afford getting a bum chip, and it not be under warranty.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2008 4:18 PM
    Nice to see the update about the Seagate fix, finally.
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    WINTERLORD , December 2, 2008 4:19 PM
    That "the Gigabyte’s board with 2 graphics slots" is a sweet looking motherboard. and for anyone who just needs one graphics card slot i bet this be an alswome rig as well. a deffinit choice if i upgrade to the core 2 quad route. prolly go nehalem core i7 though
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    romans11 , December 2, 2008 5:02 PM
    wickoWow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous


    Yeah, but the point is compared to Sarah (particularly with long hair in 2006) these ladies aren't in the same league. Some of us like women who look at least a little curvy.

    I know I should probably comment on the products not just the modeling talent, but since this is where the conversations begins, I'll jump in to the fray.
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    snotling , December 2, 2008 6:35 PM
    antiacidWere you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.

    the actual dumbest "comment chain" of the year were on spotlight where hundreds of comments criticized Tamara for using a mac, dressing to casual, dressing to formal, being to expressive, being not expressive enough, being sexy, not being sexy... well I just find it amusing that nobody cares how Ben Meyer and Rob Wright look or dressup.
    Fat girls gone wild... how drastic. What about water-cooled hot chicks ?
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    Shadow703793 , December 2, 2008 7:55 PM
    For part 6 of this guide, consider recommending this: http://www.livescribe.com/smartpen/index.html My friend has one and god I envy him for it. Helps to handle long lecturs (1hr +) easily.
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    tipoo , December 2, 2008 7:57 PM
    SnotlingI did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.

    lmao
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    KyleSTL , December 2, 2008 8:49 PM
    I'm surprized I'm the first to catch it, but the motherboard in the picture is not the UD3R, it is the UD3P. The UD3P has 2 PCIe 16x slots, whereas the UD3R only has one. It you click to see the full sized picture you can read (barely) the correct model number.
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    randomizer , December 2, 2008 9:31 PM
    It must suck to handle all that hardware but not be able to keep it.
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    randomizer , December 2, 2008 9:33 PM
    Snotlingwell I just find it amusing that nobody cares how Ben Meyer and Rob Wright look or dressup.

    Ben and Rob posing in Christmas gear, that would be funny.
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    caamsa , December 2, 2008 9:53 PM
    I am sure that none of you boys have the hardware that these ladies would be interested in anyway.

    Keep your flash drives in your pockets. ;-P
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    motleydogg , December 2, 2008 10:15 PM
    Sorry but my floppy drive has been replaced with a hard drive,... I wonder if I can place my RAM in the slot, I wouldn't try turning it on until after everything is in. I would like to monitor the cable being managed. It might get hot, but if we have a fan, I shouldn't have to twist those knobs to control things much,...
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    MitchMeister- , December 2, 2008 10:42 PM
    So I keep seeing everyone recommending the E8600.. but why when an E8400 is $100 less and the only difference is that it's not factory overclocked? Or is something on the E8600 that much better?
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