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  • Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz Quad Channel Memory Review
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz Quad Channel Memory Review


    Benchmarks - Synthetic

    The system as it was tested
    Asus P9X79 - X79 Chipset
    Intel Core i7 3960x (3.3Ghz) Hex Core 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 15MB L3 Cache
    Custom Watercooler
    1x nVidia GTX 580
    Western Digital VelociRaptor 150gb SerialATA 10000RPM
    LG 20x Super Multi GSA-H55L
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050 Watt PSU
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Memory Tested
    4x Corsair Dominator Platinum PC2133 16GB DDR3 (9-11-10-30)

    Reference Memory
    4x GSKill RipjawsZ PC2133 16GB DDR3 (9-11-12-28)
    SiSoft Sandra
    Sandra is a software collection of synthetic benchmarks that will give us a basic idea as to what a system is capable of. It should be noted that SiSoft numbers change depending on what version you have installed; these were recorded using Sandra Professional Version 18.26.2012.1
    AIDA64 Extreme Edition
    AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking software package designed to assist with overclocking and general system tuning.  The package also contains modules to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives in addition to normal stuff like stress testing and troubleshooting.  
    Unreal Tournament 3
    UT3 is the fourth game in the Unreal Tournament series.  It has no story mode gameplay and is exclusively designed for multiplayer action.  While the gameplay and weapons are similar to the UT2004 counterpart, the gaming engine is all new.  For this benchmark, we're using the UT3Bench tool from Guru3D, and CarbonFire Botmatch to record framerates.  The resolution was set to 1680x1050 since we wanted to access total system performance.
    Crysis is based in a fictional future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the Earth on an island off the coast of China.  Crysis uses DirectX 10 for graphics rendering.  For this benchmark we are using the Crysis Benchmarking Tool to run the Assault Harbor demo at 1680x1050 with global quality set to High.
    Benchmark Conclusion
    When you are dealing with high performance memory modules there is very little that separates tehm in terms of overall performance.  The charts above reflect the performance numbers between two quad channel memory kits rated at the same speed with almost identical timings.  The only major difference is that the Corsair Dominator Platinum modules do all of this while running at 1.5v while the GSKill modules default to the higher 1.65v spec.