There is no doubting that the two leading performance memory
makers at the moment are Corsair and OCZ. Both companies
have been making quality memory for years now and leapfrogging
each other as the performance leader with almost every new
product release. Over the past few months the memory of
choice in my review system has been OCZ 3200 platinum (2-2-2-5)
which as well as being completely stable is the fastest
PC3200 memory I’ve used. Today Corsair step up to
the plate with their latest model in the XMS Xpert series.
Can they compete, or beat the excellent OCZ sticks? Lets
The sticks come in a large plastic box and are very well
protected, this is mostly due to the inch thick foam that
the components are laying on.
Also included in the box, other than
the components is Corsairs software CD which contains
the utility to configure the memory display.
Its fair to say that the new Corsair XMS Xpert sticks
are huge, almost twice the size of memory from other manufacturers.
The chips and PCB are encased in a high
quality aluminium heatsink which feels well built and
not at all flimsy. As you would expect the sticks are
184-pin modules so will fit any system supporting PC3200
memory. You can see on the top of the DIMM there is a
set of pins, these are the connectors for your information
We mentioned above that the memory is
much taller than standard memory, this has one major benefit.
You are able to use the Xpert memory and display with
any other ram and the display is raised high enough to
overhang your other sticks.
The display included with this model
of ram differs from previous Corsair Xpert modules. On
previous models there was an LED display running along
the length of the memory showing what volume of data was
passing through. On the new modules there is a smaller
indicator of this type as well as a more advanced LED
display which displays various pieces of information on
your modules (more about that in a second). Heres how
the display looks from above:
Installation of the memory
Installation of the Corsair XMS Xpert
memory was a breeze, the DIMMS themselves slot into your
memory slots as any other memory does. The LED displays
then plug into the pins which run on top of the DIMM.
The sticks have also been well designed and so the displays
cannot be put on the wrong way due to having one end of
the PCB raised which slots into the display unit also…excellent
Once installed, the modules look like
Pretty cool I’m sure you will agree.
That’s not where the coolness stops though.
When you turn on your system you’ll love what you
We have a lot of UV kit in our test rig,
and alongside this the Corsair Xpert memory looks pretty
As you can see from the above picture
the displays are preconfigured with a message, the default
message is the make and model of the memory. Also displayed
Temperature (Celcius or Fahrenheit)
At the each end of the stick the corsair
logo lights up blue and as mentioned earlier there is
the memory use meter on the stick, shown below.
We have to be honest though, the above
pics really don’t do the memory justice in terms
of looks wow factor. For this you really need to see them
in action… so here you go… a
video of the memory running! (compressed
with rar and UHARC - self extracting)