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Sep 1, 2014

Corsair's Dominator Platinum Is the Fastest DDR4 Released So Far

DDR random access memory may technically be rated at 2,133 MHz, but many modules and kits go far higher than that, since it would be awkward to have them all be slower than DDR3. Corsair decided it wanted to have the prestige of providing the fastest models yet.

So, without further ado, behold the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits, which probably have up to 64 GB capacities. The company doesn't go into detail in the press release, but it makes sense for the RAM to have up to 8 GB capacity per module, and thus, 64 GB for sets of eight. Although no more than four modules at a time will be able to truly cooperate, since the technology “only” supports quad-channel configurations. Which is still leagues ahead of dual-channel found in DDR3. The new Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits have frequencies of 3,000 MHz, 3,200 MHz and 3,300 MHz. We saw some 3 GHz DDR4 in the recent past, but nothing above that. Corsair really has this bit of prestige in the bag it seems.

Given this information, we wouldn't be surprised if Corsair established some sort of record in terms of memory overclocking in the near future. Especially with its motherboard/CPU “alliances.” You see, the Dominator DDR4 memory kits have been tested on the ASUS X99 Deluxe and Rampage V Extreme motherboards, driven by Intel Core i7 Haswell-E CPUs. With that kind of hardware working together, anything can be done, so to speak. Alas, at present, the overclocking record for DDR4 actually belongs to G.Skill. While Corsair focused on having the fastest desktop DDR4 available at launch, G.Skill put together a test bench and pushed one of its RAM kits as high as it dared. The clock attained was of 4,004 MHz. Back to Corsair's Dominator Platinum DDR4 Memory though. The RAM has a DHX cooler with user-swappable light pipes, allowing you to match the downwash lighting to whatever LEDs your CPU and case fans use.

You might eventually be able to find the top-speed DDR4 RAM under the Vengeance LPX brand eventually, but for now, only the Dominator Platinum line is available in 3.3 GHz. Now we just have to wait and see what other memory makers, if any, match this unspoken challenge that Corsair has put forth. Then again, it's equally possible they won't bother. The number of people expected to buy DDR4 is pretty small compared to the bulk of the consumer market, and 3.3 GHz DDR4 will probably be overkill even five years from now. In the end, this product release is more for bragging right than anything else. We can't question the quality and performance though.

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4
Image credits to Corsair


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