Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR4 3300MHz Review
Published: 22nd May 2015 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
The introduction of DDR4 Memory support to the X99 chipset reminds us of the first months of DDR3. Those who demand the absolute best will become early adopters whilst those of us with tighter budgets will stick with the preceding technology for as long as possible. Early adoption comes at a price, and that price is quite literally the price. But then you'd hardly be running a top-end set of hardware and bemoan a few quid here and there, so let's ignore that eye-watering price-tag and look at what the Dominator Platinum offers.
One thing we do need to say is that 3300MHz is a lot to ask from both CPU's and motherboards, we have tested this memory on several boards now and at the time of writing because of the OC Socket all 2011 Asus boards are totally fine with memory this fast. When it comes to CPU's the only chip we have had issues with was the 5820K, it could just be bad silicon but again this is something you guys will need to keep in mind when pushing things this much. MSI X99 boards have had problems with above 3000MHz memory for the mostpart but we know that this is something that they are working very hard to correct. The latest Gigabyte boards with their version of the OC socket seem to be pretty strong also although we have not spent any time testing their XMP abilities out.
This isn't our first review of a Dominator Platinum kit. Corsair's design proved so good that there is little reason to make any changes. We think it looks particularly nice when all the slots are filled and the bar across the top creates a roof of shiny goodness. With even the insane 3300MHz speeds of the Dominator Platinum the memory chips themselves don't get particularly warm so the included fans could be easily dismissed as something that only adds noise or justifies some of that price-tag. In reality the fan looks outstanding how ever we would like to bring the lightbar mod to your attention for some serious e-peen points.
That feature alone would almost be enough to make the Dominator Platinum a recommended purchase, but once you take into account the outstanding reliability, excellent customer service and mind-blowing amounts of memory bandwidth that they - and Corsair - bring to the party then it becomes an easy purchase. Just dont tell your wife!