Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5 5600MHz White Edition Review
Published: 31st December 2021 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
We try so hard to eliminate price from our considerations when wrapping up our thoughts on any hardware. After all, what is expensive to you might not be so for someone else. We've all got different budgets and different demands upon them. If you're seeking to maximise the performance/price potential of your system you'll be a long way down the list before you decide to upgrade your memory. That isn't to say that a higher specification of memory kit won't bring you joy and performance, just that the performance it brings is the subtle kind that you might not notice if you're not relentlessly benchmarking.
The addition of DDR5 to the world has muddied the waters somewhat. Until now you just get the fastest kit you can and job's a goodun. However, DDR4 has been fettled to within an inch of its life and thus is as fast as one could hope but without busting the bank. DDR5 on the other hand is new, so not as refined as it will end up being, but the global pandemic has led to supply shortages which has exacerbated the price increase from which any early adoption technology suffers. So let's ignore price for a moment. We'll come back to it in a paragraphs time.
The Corsair Dominator Platinum memory kits are rightly high volume sellers. They combine the robustness one has come to expect from any product bearing the Corsair ship with good design choices to fit all aesthetic tastes. With the white model we have today we think they have gone above and beyond. There is a gorgeous minimalism to the design, with just a swathe of crystal white heat sink everywhere you look. The only notable elements besides that are the all black PCB, helping the heat sink stand out, and the tasteful use of gold on the fins and screws. Gold is very easy to overdo as anyone who has been to Kensington can attest. Here though, Corsair have used just enough to accent the kit without dominating things, and once installed you'll hardly notice. You'll know it's there though. The lighting is similarly bright and well designed, and thankfully, for an RGB kit, capable of white that isn't blue. It's a feast for the eyes in all departments.
Whether you need the extra performance of the 5600MHz kit when compared to the 5200MHz kit we normally run is a matter of personal preference. We don't think that there is enough gains to be found to make the additional cost worthwhile, but similarly we know - as we said at the start - that everyone has different budgets and amounts they consider good value. What is undeniable is that the Corsair Dominator Platinum 5600MHz DDR5 32GB White kit is a consistent performer and a visual stunner and so worthy of our OC3D Aesthetics award.
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