Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV
Corsair takes a multi-layered approach to memory cooling with two additional rows of fins to cool its circuit board, a method that occasionally gives its products a slight overclocking advantage while allowing somewhat higher voltage levels than competing products. The extra cooling can’t turn ordinary components into golden samples, however.
Standard timings at elevated voltage sends up a red flag for factory-overclocked modules made of slower parts. But Corsair has a plethora of overclocking data to prove that its XMS3-1600 uses top-quality parts.
Two CM3X2G1600C9DHXNV modules comprise the TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV dual-channel kit, each rated at 9-9-9-24 timings for DDR3-1600 speed using 1.80 volts. EPP 2.0 extensions allow the higher speed and voltage to be semi-automatically configured in the BIOS of Nvidia-based motherboards by selecting the appropriate profile.
Corsair’s TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV has so many SPD timings that CPU-Z runs out of registers without showing EPP 2.0 extensions, but EPP 2.0 values for these modules’ rated settings are well-documented by Corsair. Corsair recommends using the nForce 790i Ultra SLI-equipped Asus Striker II Extreme for best overclocking results.
Web prices starting around $330 exceed Corsair’s estimates by 10%, so we expect a noticeable decline over the next few weeks.