Corsair Dominator CMP4GX3M2C1600C7 Conclusion
The Corsair Dominator PC3-12800 kit came to dominate and based on the amount of overclocking you can achieve I would say it did just that. While I knew this memory would be a good performer I was surprised that I was able to push this memory to 2132Mhz and keep the timings fairly tight. Not bad for our test system that was made up of the ASUS P8P67 motherboard and an Intel Core i5-2500K processor. From what I know about the PCS Chips branded memory ICs used on this specific kit these usually hit a wall around 2200MHz, so I was happy with how far I could push the kit.
To put this in perspective we saw performance numbers that would likely rival the Corsair Dominator GT CMT4GX3M2A2133C9PC3-17000 kit that operates at 2133MHz and costs considerbly more at $124.99 from Pricegrabber. However, to be fair if this testing is any example, I am sure that kit can also perform well beyond the tested stock specs since it should have even faster rated IC’s than this kit contains.
The kit that we are reviewing here today runs $69.99 shipped without any rebates. DDR3 1600MHz memory kits that are 2 x 2GB in capacity range from $37.99 to $84.99, so this kit is a bit pricier than other PC3-12800 kits on the market. When buying a kit of memory like this from a well known company like Corsair you can usually rest assured that you’ll be getting plenty of extra overclocking headroom and have the ability to add memory accessories like the CMXAF2 cooling fan or AirFlow Pro temperature monitoring and activity LED light bar that other brands don’t offer.
I would say that if you are skilled at overclocking memory and you want to get a lot of performance for a reasonable price, this kit strikes a great balance. All Corsair DDR3 memory kits are backed my a limited lifetime warranty as well, so this is one of the few items in life that you can buy and never have to worry about having to pay to replace!
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Dominator CMP4GX3M2C1600C7 memory kit was found to have plenty of overclocking headroom, but is priced higher than most DDR3 1600MHz kits on the market today.