Pros: On Asus Crosshair IV board it fired up straight away at 1600 with no issues with 16gb (4x4). I'm not going to try and I hear other have tried to punch it to 2000 on AMD systems, I'll pass pushing it for now.
I like many others have had more problems with CPU coolers and the height of their installed RAM. I have brand new, 8gb of DDR3 G.Skill Flare RAM that seams to only work with the stock CPU fans. After three, after market fans later...the RAM sits.
Overall Review: The price of $300 for 16gb is great and wonderful. Us folks thats kicked the can around the block a little more than others can remember prices much much higher.
My first hard-drive (HD) was a double height 30mb(not GB) beast that weighed in at 5 pounds and cost me over $300.
By compared, an apple HD of the same 30mb size was a true non-bargain at $600. After apple sued Franklin computer out of the business: I've never looked at another apple product. History friends; loving and remembering it.
Pros: I found the following settings to run very stable on my Asus P8Z68 Deluxe board:
2133 9-11-10-28-1T @ 1.65v
1600 7-8-7-24-1T @ 1.65v
I ran every stress test imaginable to check for errors and instability. No problems!
Cons: Sandy Bridge systems don't do 2000MHz. No big deal really.
Overall Review: Paid $160 for these back in January. Now they're selling for $105!
Pros: Very nice and classy heat spreaders. I purchased this ram as it was able to be clocked to 2000 and with bulldozer reportedly running at 1866... I was sort of future proofing the build as much as I could. The ram is specified to run timings of 9-10-9-27 at 2000, however I am running the ram at 1600 with my 1100T cpu, and it runs / is rock stable at 7-8-7-20!!! Not a single error even after 3 hours of burn in. Have not tried going any lower than that, but that is very impressive!
Good work Corsair. Have used XMS memory since around 2000ish and do not plan to change with any future build. Good stuff!
Cons: Not free
Pros: Fast, reliable, runs at decent temps. Heat sinks underneath large CPU air coolers.
Cons: Expensive, requires good hardware to function properly.
Overall Review: Thinking I might try to do some future-proofing toward my next big overhaul, I went ahead and bought two of these sets and put my old RAM in an HTPC build I was putting together a couple of years back. I originally installed this in an older (LGA 775) motherboard and ended up running it at a stable 1333mhz with timing in the 7s. Since it was an older setup, I wasn't that concerned or surprised when I couldn't get it to hit advertised speeds.
After upgrading to the GA-Z87x-OC, I set the BIOS to advertised speeds and timing and all four sticks are running perfectly. Fast, easy, stable, reliable, fits under my cooler, can't really ask for more.
Pros: Bought this set to mix with another XMS set that is now deactivated. The set was 2x4gb, 1600mhz, 1.65v with 7-8-7-20 timings. This set, when mixed with the other matches everythang perfectly. Everythang scaled down to match my other ram's every spec.
Great for using ramdisk.
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 500mb 3pass. Measured in MB/s
Seq 3283 3430
512k 3032 3465
4k 577.5 406.9
4kQD32 531.3 377.9
Agility 3 240gb SSD on Sata III
Seq 209.8 136.2
512k 198.5 137.3
4k 22.32 60.84
4kQD 32 146.4 59.98
Cons: Price. The XMS series has always been highly priced when compared to competing products like Mushkin Redline.
For half the price anybody can get 2x4gb (8) but with loser timings. Is the price worth it? I paid for it so I guess I'm the sucker.
Overall Review: I had the original XMS series, not even DDR2, and it was expensive then, but I have always loved the performance, and overclocking abilities.
I had this overclocked along with my other set 44mhz, but bcuz they were mixed sets, I didn't want to take a chance and mess something up, so I backed it down to stock speed.
To have low profile heat sinks, fast speed, overclocking capabilties, wide variety of speeds and voltages to switch to, along with a lifetime warranty, I guess these are worth the price.
Since my other ram has been deactivated I have no regrets buying this.
Phenom x4 980 @4ghz
16gb 4x4gb 1600mhz (4gb ramdisk)
240gb Agility 3 SSD
Pros: Typical Corsair Performance; unbeatable.... Found that it can be run at 1.5volts on the ASrock Z68 Fataility Gen3 and remain stable at a 4.4GhZ overclock with a 2600K CPU.
Overall Review: bios originally set this up at 1.65V and 1333 speed???? as i went through stability testing, i found that they could be bumped down to 1.5v in some cases. I ran Prime torture tests repeatedly and had zero issues. I now have a system that scores 7.9
Pros: Great Timings and Speed. No problems at all with this ram. Have not been able to overclock yet but will be testing out tomorrow when my FX-8120 gets in. Will let you know how that goes. Looks and performs great with my MSI 990FXA GD-80 motherboard. Corsair has great customer service too. They will answer any of your questions and they do know what they're talking about. Never had a bad experience with Corsair.
Cons: Don't perform as well as Dominator Series but for the price they do what they need to do.
Overall Review: Have many Corsair products and can't complain about any of them. Corsair 600T Graphite White Ed. ATX Case, Corsair TX750 V2 Power Supply, RAM, Corsair H80 Hydro Series Cooler, Corsair HS1A Headset. All great products. Very good quality and service.
Pros: Works. Memory is running at 1922 speeds with a slight BCLK overclock. Guaranteed forever.
Cons: None yet. Hopefully this last for years.
Overall Review: i5-2500k
Asus P8P67 Deluxe (Rev 3.0)
Corsair XMS 4gb DDR3-2000 (PC-16000)
Thermaltake Toughpower 775w
EVGA GTX 460 SC EE
ARCTIC COOLING ACFZ13-PRO 120mm & 50mm (2 fans)