The Corsair User Forums  

Go Back   The Corsair User Forums > General HoH Stuff > General Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-31-2009, 01:51 PM
Divide Overflow Divide Overflow is offline
Registered User
Divide Overflow's PC Specs
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1
POST ID # = 402913
Divide Overflow Reputation: 10
Question Dominator or XMS3 for i7 build?

I am piecing together an i7 920 build and am a bit puzzled by the current lineup of Corsair's memory. I am interested in 1600MHz but Corsair's product lineup has the lowest CAS memory for that type as XMS3. I thought that the DOMINATOR line was the high performance memory. At stock, the XMS3 looks to be better performing. Would I be giving up any significant overhead room by going with the "mainstream" XMS3 vs the high performance DOMINATOR series? I'm just wondering what the trade offs are beyond the obvious timing specs.

TR3X6G1600C7 7-7-7-20. 1.65V XMS3

TR3X6G1600C8D 8-8-8-24. 1.65V DOMINATOR
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-01-2009, 04:45 PM
RAM GUY's Avatar
RAM GUY RAM GUY is offline
Corsair Product Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 118,268
POST ID # = 403043
RAM GUY Reputation: 10
Default

With a I920 the difference would be hardly noticeable and in fact some I920 CPU's will not over clock to get the memory at DDR1600. I920 CPU's are rated at DDR1066 for the memory you know that right?
__________________
Support accounts and tickets can be created at https://support.corsair.com.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-05-2009, 11:47 AM
..AlLkNoWinG.. ..AlLkNoWinG.. is offline
..AlLkNoWinG..
..AlLkNoWinG..'s PC Specs
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 41
POST ID # = 403535
..AlLkNoWinG.. Reputation: 10
Default

In my opinion I would go with the Dominator as they are just so more aggressive! I don't know about the price difference but C7 vs C8 at the 1600Mhz wont make too much of a difference, plus you have so much more options for upgrades that you can add to the Dominator series.

Last edited by Wired; 06-05-2009 at 12:23 PM. Reason: removed font
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-05-2009, 02:51 PM
RAM GUY's Avatar
RAM GUY RAM GUY is offline
Corsair Product Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 118,268
POST ID # = 403550
RAM GUY Reputation: 10
Default

Quote:
TR3X6G1600C7 7-7-7-20. 1.65V XMS3 or TR3X6G1600C8D 8-8-8-24. 1.65V DOMINATOR
Either of these will be a great part for that system and I would agree if you can go for the Dominator parts they are a bit faster and will be more versitile.
__________________
Support accounts and tickets can be created at https://support.corsair.com.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-14-2009, 04:15 AM
Chiller's Avatar
Chiller Chiller is offline
Hybrid SR-2 building
Chiller's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Belgium Europe
Posts: 138
POST ID # = 404454
Chiller Reputation: 10
Send a message via MSN to Chiller
Default

i would take the dominators.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-15-2009, 02:05 PM
RAM GUY's Avatar
RAM GUY RAM GUY is offline
Corsair Product Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 118,268
POST ID # = 404551
RAM GUY Reputation: 10
Default

Please let us know what you decide!
__________________
Support accounts and tickets can be created at https://support.corsair.com.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-06-2009, 09:28 PM
Sharkbait666 Sharkbait666 is offline
Registered User
Sharkbait666's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2
POST ID # = 407118
Sharkbait666 Reputation: 10
Default Same Here..

I'm Looking at the same memory. But what is the real difference between the Dominator and XMS3 besides the heatsinks, and the Latencies. If I want to overclock my RAM and CPU is Dominator really more capable? If so Why?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-06-2009, 11:11 PM
Wired's Avatar
Wired Wired is offline
Administrator
Wired's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 32,188
POST ID # = 407122
Wired Reputation: 32
Default

Yep, those are the differences. Why go for the Dominator series? Better dissipation of heat with a heat spreader, which could result in better OCing. No guarantees in OCing of course :)
__________________
No, I don't work for Corsair
...you need to flow like a river...
Forum Rules
Admin of this forum / webdesignforums.net / Petri's IT Forum / The Corsair Memory Steam Group
Founder/Creator/Admin of ZE SECRET PROJECT (Coming Soon)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-07-2009, 05:50 PM
Sharkbait666 Sharkbait666 is offline
Registered User
Sharkbait666's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2
POST ID # = 407219
Sharkbait666 Reputation: 10
Default Thanks..

Thanks for the reply. I'm probably making things more complicated than they are. Now my issue is the price..I know I can get other ram which can OC just as easy and is half the price. I Have always been a fan of Corsair, and I hear they are just the best. Guess you have to pay for the best..lol.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-09-2009, 01:25 AM
aln688 aln688 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 56
POST ID # = 407469
aln688 Reputation: 10
Default

I just saw this thread, which is similar to my own. In fact I should have added on to your thread instead of starting my own.

Based on the fact no-one has provided solid reasons for choosing the Dominators, I would pick the XMS3 modules instead (which I've just purchased). Of course visually the Dominators look great with their large heat spreader, but does a Dominator RAM module really overclock and get that much hotter than an XMS3 module? I'm not an expert but to take a guess, I'd say not. The large heat spreader the Dominator wears smacks of marketing targeted to the enthusiast crowd, to me at least.

For myself the XMS3 modules have more "Pro's"; they are CL7, low-profile and are cheaper than the Dominators, three good reasons why I bought them.

Last edited by aln688; 07-09-2009 at 05:11 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-10-2009, 02:46 PM
RAM GUY's Avatar
RAM GUY RAM GUY is offline
Corsair Product Guru
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 118,268
POST ID # = 407677
RAM GUY Reputation: 10
Default

If you are going to leave the settings at the ones which we test and guarantee then either module will work just fine. If you are looking to overclock, the DHX2 heat spreader on the Dominator modules will keep the memory cooler and give you better overclocking results than a standard XMS part.
__________________
Support accounts and tickets can be created at https://support.corsair.com.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
i7, tr3x6g1600c7, tr3x6g1600c8d

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.