It's time to
turn our attention to some new DDR from Corsair that is targeted directly at the enthusiast. Known as
the XMS Pro Series, these modules actually have LEDs build into the back
of the modules that light up as data is transferred through the memory!
This is a very cool idea, and is just the thing for the case modding lunatic like myself! Flashing LEDs are attractive, but I'm more
concerned with performance, than looks.
In recent weeks we
have been busy testing several brands of PC4000 DDR memory. To our
disbelief, most of the DDR 4000 we've been receiving
has stability and/or compatibility issues, even at default settings. The
bad thing is, we are not the only ones having problems. Several trusted
trusted hardware sites are busy reviewing the same DDR, and they too are
having similar issues. This spells trouble for memory
industry, as well as motherboard manufactures. However, these issues can
be quickly overcome if the memory and motherboard manufacturers work
closer together. On the other hand, these issues could have been avoided
all together if they had worked closer together in the first place.
Knowing these problems exist, I was very concerned about this memory
before I even got started.
always been a trusted name in memory. In the past we have staked our
reputation on Corsair and even granted them permission to print our
logos on their memory packages. We have always recommended Corsair
memory above all the rest, but can their new Pro Series carry on the
Corsair legacy, or is it just about pretty lights? There is only one way
to find out...
Corsair sent over a matching pair of 512mb XMS4000 Pro Series
modules for testing. The modules are quite fancy looking, and even have the XMS
logo formed into the heat spreaders. Right away you will notice the
weight difference with these modues. The extra weight is from the new
heavy duty aluminum heat spreaders that encase the entire module.
the back side of the modules you can see a dual strip of LEDs that light
up when the memory is active. I have to hand it to Corsair on this one,
this is a great idea that really enhances the looks of any computer with
a window mod.