Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400PRO - Page 5

..:: Quake III Arena ::..

Finally, for a taste of real-world performance, weíre going to see how these modules fare against each other in the Quake 3 Arena environment. For these results, benchmarks were conducted at 1280 x 1024 resolution with 32-bit color. The Quake 3 Arena results show us a similar performance gap between the OCZ and Corsair PC2-6400 options as was found in previous benchmark results. And, again the difference between the two is typical in the range of 1 frame per second, within the error range of a typical series of benchmark results from Quake 3.

..:: Conclusion ::..

The conclusion we have for you today is no different than that of our OCZ PC2-6400 review. If youíre only going to be running at default speeds, i.e. 400MHz or 533MHz, then performance wise itís best to go for something with lower timings. This monster 2GB kit from Corsair is meant for high performance gaming and overclocking rigs, so those who like default frequencies really need not apply. As with the OCZ PC2-6400, Corsairís requires 1.90V for 800MHz+ capabilities (with maximum stability).

Our Intel i955X board held up with these modules running at 800MHz, and even with the max of a +4% gain, we still had stability. When we threw them into a real overclocking environment, we found a peak frequency of around 918MHz without much additional voltage added on. We were limited on the voltage settings, so I would suspect this PC2-6400 could go higher with a little more kick from the motherboard.

Overall, I was very impressed with Corsairís TWIN2X2048-6400PRO kit. This is a beast of a kit, and meant only for those who really want or need it. Corsair also produces a more sane 1GB kit for those without large pocketbooks, or a serious need for 2GB. The main place where 2GB comes in handy is with games such as Battlefield 2. The difference in smoothness, load times, etc. is very noticeable between 1GB and 2GB, especially with a lower clocked processor. You wonít see much of a FPS boost from the additional RAM, but the difference in such RAM hog games, applications, and multi-tasking is readily obvious.

As far as pricing goes, Iíve seen prices nearing $400 with shipping for the 2GB kit, but lately thereís been a slight drop down to the $370 range once shipping is included. This is a hefty price to pay, so be sure youíre going to be using this RAM for some time before you go out and lay down your hard earned cash. The 1GB kit on the other hand comes in at around $190 with shipping included, a more affordable margin for the average Joe. These are solid, stable, and gorgeous modules. Be sure to give them a look the next time youíre in the market for some high performance, high frequency DDR2.