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  Product:     Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit  
  Price:     $263 (CAN) / $225 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Corsair
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     January 20th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Vivien from Corsair for sending the Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit for review.

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Introduction:

Gaming applications continue to play an important role in the development of high-end computer system requirements. Each and every year consumers wait for the latest software titles to be released and plan their system upgrades accordingly. To compliment new software releases many manufacturers often introduce new product revisions which are targeted directly at the gaming community. Last year Corsair introduced its popular Pro Series TwinX Kit which combined its low latency memory modules with 18 activity LEDs and a programmable LED display. The company has recently taken the next logical step in appealing to hardcore gaming enthusiasts with the release of the XMS TwinX Platinum Series. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit designed for dual channel DDR supporting motherboards

Specifications:

The Corsair Xpert TWINXP2048-4000PT DDR Memory Kit is one of several different memory modules packages available on the Corsair website. This kit is a matched pair of memory modules and has been designed to specifically work for motherboards using chipsets with dual memory channels. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Corsair website:

Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit - Key Specifications:
Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit: Manufactured by Corsair
2 x 1028 Megabytes of Memory
Implemented using 64M x 8 DDR SDRAMs
Tested at JEDEC standard latency settings 3-4-4-8
Speed: DDR 500 (PC4000)
Timing: 3-8-4-4 1T
Voltage: 2.75V
ECC: None
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
100% Tested at 250 MHz in high performance motherboards
Benchmarked over multiple chip sets, processors and motherboards
Lengendary Corsair reliability and service
Lifetime warranty

Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit
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Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit
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The Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit arrived in a colourful Perspex package suitable for retail display. On the front of the package, you see the XMS4000PT TwinX Memory modules as well as standard product advertising. On the back of the package, there is a summarized list of industry awards and quotes from a few well known sites site as ipKonfig, Bit-Tech, Legit Reviews, Toms Hardware, BJorn3D, Viper Lair, Club Overclocker and System Cooling.

Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit
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Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit
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The Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit includes a 2-page reference sheet which details a 5-step process for installing these modules on a motherboard. The instructions are complimented with 3 reference diagrams which cover the procedure for installation. The instructions have also have been translated into four other different languages including German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit
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Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit
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Out of the packaging, my first impressions of the Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT PC4000 DDR500 Memory Kit were positive. The modules take on a different approach from XMS Pro Series where Corsair concentrated on the XMS aluminum heatsinks and integration of activity LED's. The package consists of two 1024MB memory modules which have been implemented using 64M x 8 DDR SDRAM chips. The TwinX2048-4000PT designation of this particular package is suited to run on dual channel supported motherboards at DDR500 with a latency setting of 3-4-4-8 and voltage rating of 2.75V. The low latency setting refers to the CAS latency setting in your motherboard's BIOS. CAS stands for "Column Address Strobe" and is essentially a ratio generated between column access time and the clock cycle time of 3 cycles.

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