Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-1866 16GB Memory Kit Review

Installation, Overclocking & Testing Procedures
Installing these modules is just like any other, simply slide them into your open memory slots on your motherboard.  These are actually easier because you have the thicker heatspreaders which give you more area to push down on.  Once installed you can see the Dominator logo facing out and if you turn the system on the modules will light up just slightly.  The LED’s are positioned under the large platinum bar to give a small glow around the modules.

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-1866 16GB Memory Kit Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-1866 16GB Memory Kit

When you turn on your system go into the BIOS and enable your XMP profile and you are good to go.  The XMP profile is set to 1866MHz with timings of 9-10-9-27 at 1.5v.  Now let’s see what we can get out of these modules.  Moving the next step up would be going up to 2133MHz.  Keeping the same timings and voltage I moved up and the system did not boot.  So I went back into the BIOS and started loosening the timings.  I ended up getting a stable boot at 10-11-10-30 at the same 1.5v.

Now moving up again would bring us to 2400MHz.  So I tried that without any luck.  I upped the voltage and changed timings, but no go.  So I decided to overclock both the CPU and and memory.  Moving the BCLK up to 103 from 100 and the memory up to 2333MHz I was able to get the system stable with timings of 12-12-12-30 at 1.65V.  Not bad a 467MHz overclock.

Our test system is comprised of the following items.

Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-1866 16GB
Power Supply: Kingwin Power Force 850W
Storage: 750GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Noctua NH-L12
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II

We have a set battery of benchmarks for Memory reviews.  We have listed the applications we use for testing below.

SiSoftware Sandra
– Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
– Latency Benchmark
– Cache Benchmark
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
MaxxMem – Preview

Now let’s get to testing!

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