AIDA32 is a professional system information, diagnostics and benchmarking program for Win32 platforms. It extracts details of all components of the PC. It also tests the actual read and write speeds of your memory giving a fairly accurate look of true memory performance.
Results: AIDA32 found a large difference in write speeds between all three brands of the PC-3200 Registered memory. At CL2.5 all modules should theoretically be the same in terms of performance, but the Corsair XMS module is able to write 400mb/sec more than the leading modules we tested it against! The Corsair XMS DDR400 Registered modules were able to write 1029mb per second (over 1GB) more than the Kingston HyperX modules and 388mb per second more than the Legacy modules!
Using the full installation of Unreal Tournament 2003 along with the newest patch gives us a very nice real world benchmark! We also used [H]ardOCP’s UT2003 Benchmarking utility version 2.1. A resolution of 1024×768 was tested in Direct3D on the built-in CPU test to see if any differences could be observed.
Of course we also used the built-in benchmark utility also!
Results: By using the built-in benchmark utility that comes with the full retail game we found that the registered Corsair XMS modules live up to their claim and is memory for gamers! You can tell this from the 8 frame per second difference shown in the above graph. As you can see memory timings and the brand of memory you use does impact your game play.
This stuff is fast, stable, and makes the competition look rather pathetic. But wait… It must be very expensive — right? By comparing the 1GB kit of Reg HyperX to the 1GB kit of Reg XMS you can see that Kingston’s registered HyperX modules are currently significantly more. When it comes to price versus performance the Corsair Registered PC3200 module is the hands down winner.
Corsair picked out IC’s, a PCB and a form factor that make a winning combination for everyone that is in need of registered memory. Having the ability to run super tight timings of 2-3-2-5 on registered modules with no stability issues is a sign of good engineering and is what all enthusiasts and gamers want to be running at. The Corsair modules we looked at did lack ECC, but Corsair does offer other modules with this, if it is needed.
According to the JEDEC guidelines (JEDEC is retroactively supporting registered modules based on TSOPs), PC-3200 registered modules are supposed to be built using the BGA form factor instead of the standard TSOP form factor. After many hours of in-house testing, it is clear to us that the BGA form factor is slower than TSOP form factor. It makes perfect since that Corsair, who is aimed at gamers and speed freaks, ignored the JEDEC guidelines and went with the faster of the two choices and created some awesome modules. This should be on everyone’s shopping list for registered memory!
Legit Bottom Line: Corsair’s registered XMS 3200 memory modules are the fastest pair of registered memory modules that we have seen to date. If you are looking for registered memory look no further as this is what should be on the top of your short list.
If this line of memory does not suit your needs check to see if Corsair has any memory for your individual needs!