Corsair Dominator GT 3x2GB PC3-15000 Triple Channel Memory Review

by 3oh6     |     February 22, 2009

Memory Overview

For those readers fortunate enough to have found a Foxconn Bloodrage or are gearing up for the EVGA Classified motherboard and want memory to color match, look no further. These modules are dead sexy, no bones about it. Personally I would have preferred Corsair blue for the highlights but red encompasses speed better so it is understandable why the decision to go red was made.

The original Dominator series turned the memory market on its head. The sleek all black heat sinks with inner silver cooling fins were the first of their kind and provided not only top notch looks, but were revolutionary in their cooling abilities. The next generation of Dominator heat sink, which we first looked at a few weeks ago, changed the cooling fin design slightly. These modules use the new design as it offers the upgrade to the water cooled TEC attachment that Corsair has been showing off lately. This design allows for the top row of cooling fins to come off so the water cooled TEC attachment can be secured.

The only difference between the Dominator-GT series and the standard Dominator DHX heat sink is the color of the top cooling fins and the red color on the labels. We won't discuss much about the technology behind the heat sinks as the specifications section will cover that, so let's just bask in the glow of the formidable Dominator-GT modules.

The PCBs used are of course Corsair's own design and the same that have been used on Dominator modules from day one. These special PCBs are different from all other manufacturers as they are built to interact with the Dominator DHX heat sinks to remove heat from the modules through the PCB as well as the ICs. The upper cooling fins, and most distinguishable aspect of the Dominator-GT modules, are no different than standard Dominator modules. The red paint is what sets them apart from the crowd. It also just occurred to us that if Corsair can paint their cooling fins, what is to stop end users from painting their standard Dominator modules. Let the modding begin.

As we saw in the last photos and the two above, the top cooling fins simply mount to the heat sink side walls through the use of three hex head screws. These screws thread into the thin piece shown in the second photo. The cooling fins then attach to the heat sink sides that attach to not only the ICs, but also the PCBs as mentioned earlier. The last couple photos provide an excellent view of just how the heat sinks attach to the modules and the PCB. This dual path for heat to be removed from the modules is exactly what the term Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) stands for that Corsair uses to market their cooling solution. We will now move on to the specifications section where we go a little deeper into how these heat sinks work, as well as go over the staggering specifications these Corsair Dominator-GT modules run at.


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