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Corsair TWINX512-3200LL - Corsair TWINX512-3200LL

Corsair TWINX512-3200LL: Specifications

Memory type:
DDR-SDRAM
Memory circuits:
5.0ns
Memory cooling:
Aluminiumheatspreader
Memorybus (guaranteed):
200MHz (DDR400)
Memorytimings (guaranteed):
2-2-2-6-T1 Timings @ DDR400
Memory bandwith (maximal):
3.2GB/s @ DDR400
Memory size:
2 x 256MB
Modules:
Double-sided, 8x32MB
Guaranteei:
Life-time
Price:
~$220

Since Corsairs TWINX-modules are tested and optimized for DualDDR, the Corsair TWINX512-3200LL consists of two memory modules, 256MB each. The highest guaranteed speed is DDR400 with 2-2-2-6-T1 timings, which is very impressing and bodes for even higher clock frequencies.

The appearance of the Corsair TWINX512-3200LL modules is much like the one we saw during the tests of Corsair XMS3500C2, which isn't that strange. We don't think Corsair had to make that many changes on the modules, except program the SPD chip since Corsairs previous models certainly managed to handle low timings at high clock frequencies. The aluminium heat-spreader is identical to the one on Corsair XMS3500C2, and at high frequencies and hard system load, you understand that it's not just a fancy design detail.
The modules get really warm, even if it’s still a long way from painfully hot :). But you certainly notice how hard the modules work at these high speeds (DDR400+).

Corsair TWINX512-3200LL has really impressive specifications where the timings are the main attraction. Even if the specifications aren't the only thing that matters it gives a hint of the real performance. And if the memory doesn't keep what is promised during the right conditions, you as the customer have full right to return the product. The more or less classic heat-spreader in aluminium is also used on the TWINX512-3200LL modules as mentions earlier. And even if it does what it is supposed to, there are better variants like OCZ and GeIL's copper heat-spreaders. There are no obvious cons in this area for Corsair TWINX512-3200LL and the specified timings raise the grade quite a bit.

Specifications/Design

The memory modules specified speeds and timings is compared to similar products. Cooling devices and the memory build-up is also taken into account.



Price and availability

If Corsair has a disadvantage compared to other manufacturers it's often the prize. Even if Corsair as other manufacturers has dropped their prices the last year they still have higher prices then several of their competitors. Corsair is not alone though and we can also find manufacturers like OCZ and GeIL in the same price range, but there is cheaper alternatives on the market.
An example is 2x256MB Twinmos PC3200 CL2.5 (Winbond circuits) at a price of around 100$ (1000SEK), which is about half as much as you have to fork up for Corsair TWINX512-3200LL. Corsair has with their successful products during the last couple of years managed to get really popular and the accessibility is good. Most of the larger e-shops sells Corsair, which is sufficient. Even if Corsair is far from alone in their price range there are cheaper alternatives and if money is the biggest concern for the costumer Corsair will have a tough time challenging the cheaper manufacturers.

Price/Availability
We compare prizes with similar products and the accessibility among Swedish retailers.

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