Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3400 16GB Review
When we recently reviewed the GIGABYTE X99-SOC CHAMPION we highlighted its unique four memory slot configuration. Whereas all other X99 motherboards feature a more traditional eight memory slots, GIGABYTE elected to use a different configuration in order to shorten the electical traces between the processor and the memory slots. The reasoning behind this unique design was simple: it is engineered with an eye towards extreme memory overclocking. By having the channels next to each other, they are located closer to the CPU socket which results in shorter trace pathways, faster communication with the processor, and theoretically the best possible memory overclock.
While that might all sound good on paper, you're probably wondering if it actually makes a difference. Well clearly GIGABYTE are on to something because not only do they hold the DDR4 memory frequency word record, but Corsair has just released the fastest DDR4 memory kit on the market and it was exclusively designed for the X99-SOC CHAMPION. When the 800-pound gorilla in the enthusiast memory market makes a special memory kit for a unique motherboard, you know that it's going to be special.
While Corsair's Dominator Platinum series is their highest-end product line, the model that we are reviewing today manages to stand even further above the rest thanks to its specs and aesthetics. The Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD16GX4M4B3400C16 is a quad-channel 16GB (4x4GB) memory kit rated at DDR4-3400 with timings of 16-18-18-36 at 1.35V. This eclipses the previous high water mark of DDR4-3333 and is considerably higher than the impressive G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3200 kit that we recently reviewed.
While previously unseen memory frequencies is obviously the strongest selling point, the kicker is that this model features a Limited Edition Orange colour scheme that matches perfectly with that of the X99-SOC CHAMPION. Corsair have also bundled two of their Dominator Airflow Platinum LED Fan accessories to help cool the memory modules, but which also feature built-in LEDs that can be set to any of 16.8 million colours.
When it comes to price, this type of product is never cheap, or even just run-of-the mill expensive. Give or take a penny, this exclusive model retails for $1000 USD. It's a lot of money, but you have to consider the amount of work that goes into manufacturing a kit like this one. The Hynix MFR ICs that are used in this memory kit are extremely highly binned. In fact, they represent the top 0.5% of all ICs. These are the Best of the Best of the Best memory chips in existence, and as you will see later on in this review, their superiority over anything that we have seen before is absolutely evident and undeniable.
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