Corsair today took the wraps off of its latest batch of high speed memory: new DOMINATOR DDR3 modules that it’s targeting towards users of Intel’s Core i7 and soon to be Core i5 processors.
Even though the new memory can be used in any system that accepts DDR3 modules, Corsair targets its DOMINATOR line to users of Intel’s latest microarchitecture, since it was the first to demand the use of and popularize the new memory standard. The new RAM will will be sold in 8GB and 12GB memory kits (four and six matched 2GB modules, respectively). Both run at 1600MHz and have CAS timings of 8-8-8-24. The 8GB and 12GB kits will both come with a fan to channel more air through Corsair’s vibrantly blue heatsinks.
The dual-channel 8GB version (part number: CMD8GX3M4A1600C8) is sold as being optimized for P55 motherboards with four memory slots while the tri-channel 12GB version (part number: CMD12GX3M6A1600C8) is sold as being optimized for X58 motherboards that offer six memory slots. It’s been debatable up until recently just how much use users who aren’t constantly opening 87GB files in Photoshop can really gain from these high-end memory configurations, but Corsair is offering an in-house study showing that there are noticeable, if not ridiculous, gains to be made from the jump from 4GB to 8GB of RAM. Most applicable to the average user is that time to sleep and time to awake from sleep seem to be cut substantially.
No price has yet been released.