Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

A Closer Look
The Corsair Dominator i7/i5 memory looks aggressive with its matte black color, DHX heatspreaders, Dominator cooling fins, and black PCB. It should look great in any rig.

Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

The memory is tested to run at DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 with a Vdimm of 1.65v. It is Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) ready, which means that it should be immediately recognized by an Intel motherboard. XMP usually has to be enabled in the motherboard BIOS, so you still may have to go into the BIOS to get the memory to DDR3-1600.

The Dominator uses Corsair’s DHX heatspreader technology to keep the memory cool. Not only are the memory chips themselves cooled by the heatspreaders, the PCB is also cooled. The PCB is significantly taller than those of other memory, I assume to allow for more PCB surface area for heat dissipation. This does add to the overall height of the memory modules, they are nearly 1″ taller than the standard non-finned memory module.

Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

The cooling fins along with the extrusions on the sides of the heatspreaders help dissipate the heat from those hot chips. The fins are designed to catch any air moving around the case.

Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

What can you say about how a memory module looks? Let’s get these sticks in a rig!

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