All to often it is easy to overlook one of the most crucial parts in a PC system, you have your CPU, graphics card, PSU, case, motherboard but what about the memory? Without a good memory kit your expensive CPU can become crippled while it waits for the memory to address data. The advent of DDR3 was originally greeted with gasps of despair as it appeared that DDR3 offered little in terms of performance over DDR2, more so the price of the DDR3 kits was extortionate. Today however we see that DDR2 prices are now slightly higher than DDR3 making for a perfect time to upgrade to Intels new LGA 1156 socket.
The new range of Lynnfield CPU's have on board memory controllers but that does not alter the fact that buying slow cheap memory will hinder your PCs performance drastically if you do not find a balance between all of your components, in this case the CPU and memory. As ever, enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest pieces of hardware to cram in their shiny new setups so today may I present you with the new Corsair Dominator GT, specifically designed for the P55 chipset.
In 8GB (4x2GB) format, the kit will fill up all of the available slots on most P55 motherboards. While this would normally be treated with disdain on older chipsets due to the fact filling every ram slot up would hinder overclocking results, the new P55 chipset is much more capable of overclocking, even with huge amounts of memory onboard. We also found in a previous review that the 6GB mark was perhaps the best configuration for a well rounded, performance machine. To add a further smidgen of future proofing, Corsair have released this 8GB, high performance kit which should satisfy both those who are looking to overclock and those who crave the bandwidth 8GB provides. So the best of both worlds then? Let's hear what Corsair had to say:
Very few components make it into the DOMINATOR family. Even fewer are hand selected to build the DOMINATOR-GT. Corsair’s team of engineers run extensive and exhaustive in-house testing and qualification with the premium performance motherboards used by overclockers and ultra enthusiasts.
This unique combination of over-clocking performance testing and guaranteed reliability and compatibility coupled with a limited lifetime warranty, make the DOMINATOR-GT - the cream of the crop, and... the ultimate solution for the ultra enthusiast and overclocker.