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Corsair Dominator 9136C5D & 10000C5DF

Corsair Dominator PC-10000 and PC-9136 DDR2 Memory

Ten thousand megabytes per second -- the five digit memory bandwidth barrier was passed by Corsair almost ten months ago now, and the company's PC-10000 modules are still the cutting edge of what you can buy today.

At this year's CeBIT trade show, we saw a non-working tech demo of OCZ's PC2-11000 (1400MHz) modules, but they are rated at fairly modest timings of 5-6-6 and, of course, we’re yet to see a working demonstration -- is there a motherboard out there that can handle these kinds of memory frequencies? We're not sure, but lets get back to the topic at hand.

In February, we covered DDR2 memory timings when we looked at three mid-priced DDR2-800 kits from Kingston and OCZ, and last year, we also had a look at the effects of memory timings with Intel's then recently-released Core 2 Duo processors.

Our first Corsair Dominator review gave an insight into how Corsair's DHX cooling technology works and these latest Dominator modules are no different in that respect, as they use exactly the same black anodised aluminium heatsinks. Corsair is planning to add another line of modules to its product portfolio soon, these will use DHX cooling technology but will not be as expensive as the Dominators -- we'll be having a look at them when Corsair announces availability.

Without further ado, let's get jiggy with some of the fastest memory modules on the market today...

Corsair Dominator PC-9136C5 (1142MHz) - TWIN2X2048-9136C5D*

Kit: 2 x 240-pin DDR2 Double Sided DIMM
Module Size: 2GB Dual Channel Kit (2 x 1GB)
Module Code: CM2X1024-9136C5D
Rated Speed: 1142MHz DDR2
Rated Timings: 5-5-5-15
Rated Voltage: 2.1V
Memory Chips: Micron D9GMH (B6-3) Handpicked
Price (as Reviewed): £311 (inc VAT)

Corsair Dominator PC-10000C5 (1250MHz) - TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF*

Kit: 2 x 240-pin DDR2 Double Sided DIMM
Module Size: 2GB Dual Channel Kit (2 x 1GB)
Module Code: CM2X1024-10000C5D
Rated Speed: 1250MHz DDR2
Rated Timings: 5-5-5-18
Rated Voltage: 2.4V
Memory Chips: Micron D9GMH (B6-25E) Handpicked
Price (as Reviewed): £468 (inc VAT)

Corsair Dominator 9136C5D & 10000C5DF Introduction Corsair Dominator 9136C5D & 10000C5DF Introduction
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Ultra performance memory may offer you unparalleled memory bandwidth but it obviously comes at the liberty of some other factors. For starters you need a motherboard capable of utilising the 1142MHz and 1250MHz these memories are capable of, for that you’re going to be pushing motherboards like the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G (AMD RD600), Asus Commando (Intel P965) and Inno3D nForce 680i SLI (nForce 680i SLI) to their absolute limits. Not only that, you’re going to have appreciably deep pockets in order to fund this excursion into the overclocking heavens.

Corsair Dominator 9136C5D & 10000C5DF Introduction Corsair Dominator 9136C5D & 10000C5DF Introduction
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