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  Product:     Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit  
  Price:     $480 (CAN) / $368 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Corsair
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     August 26th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Anna from Corsair for providing the Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit for review.

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Introduction:

The use of precise settings and configurations when overclocking allows for each piece of hardware within a computer to be tailored for maximum performance levels. With the latest release of revised memory frequencies from several manufactures, consumers are able wreak the benefits of enhanced bandwidth and maximize their current hardware performance through new memory offerings at low latency operation. Corsair has been supporting the special demands of mission-critical servers, high-end workstations, and gaming machines since 1994. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating a second low latency memory configuration in the form of the Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit.

Specifications:

The Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit is readily available from the Corsair website in a variety of packages ranging from 256MB to 1GB kits in both the standard black heat spreader and the Pro LED series. The Ultra Low Latency speeds are currently restricted to the PC3200 frequency only and are denoted with the XL name. The Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit consists of two 512MB modules for a combined capacity of 1GB designed for use on dual channel architecture such as the NVIDIA nForce 2/3 and Intel i865/i875P platforms. The Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit includes unique features such as Plug-n-Frag technology paired with 18 independent memory activity LEDís. Here are some specifications taken from the Corsair website:

Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit - Key Specifications:
Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit: Manufactured by Corsair
Dimensions: 1.75" (H) x 5.41" (L) x 0.30" (W)
1024MB of memory (512 MB per module)
Low Latency speeds of 2-2-2-5
Implemented using 32M x 8 DDR SDRAM's
High efficiency aluminum XMS heatsink
18 activity LEDs show level of memory activity
Weight: 2.9 oz
Plug-n-Frag auto configuration
Lifetime warranty
 
Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit
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Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit
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The Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit arrived in fully retail branded clear plastic blister package showcasing the modules. Supporting product features and the Corsair logo can be found throughout the front of the packaging sleeve. The rear portion lists several industry awards and quotations from a variety of reputable enthusiast and hardware websites. A dual page reference sheet is included and outlines information regarding proper installation procedure in five different languages.

Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit
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Corsair XMS 3200 XL Pro Low Latency Memory Kit
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Out of the packaging, my initial impressions of the Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit modules were very positive. The Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit is the latest addition to the Corsair family and based upon the existing Pro series previously reviewed here. As previously stated, users have the option of purchasing the XL modules in two packaging options; the PRO series or the standard modules which incorporate the basic heat spreader. The Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit contains a combined capacity of 1GB spanned across two 512MB modules rated for an operating speed of 200MHz DDR or PC3200. The Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory Kit is designed to run at an enhanced latency of 2-2-2-2-5 with an operating voltage of 2.7V. The five-digit number represents the CAS Latency, RAS-to-CAS Delay, RAS Precharge Act-to-Precharge Delay and Command Rate values respectively. The revised timings mark the currently most aggressive available and are designed to enhance memory bandwidth. Some minor research revealed that the Corsair XMS 3200 XL PRO Low Latency Memory modules are using Samsung based ICís which rival the long outdated Winbond BH-5 modules which were known to run very aggressive timings at high frequencies.
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