Corsair XMS3200 XL Pro
Corsair is one of the most well know gaming memory manufacturers around. We are going to take a look at one of their newer series of memory, the Twin XMS 3200XLPro.
The Twin XMS 3200XLPro runs around $350.00 to $400.00 for the 2 x 512meg chips. Average standard value kits of 1 gig or 2 x 512meg chips run from $175.00 to $250.00. This stuff is a little more but like they always say, you get what you pay for. Most other memory in the Low latency class are at least in the same ball park as the Corsair if not more expensive. As you will see later, it is well worth the cost.
Purchase Link newegg.com $375.00
Here is a link to Corsair's PDF Twin XMS 3200XLPro
Like Most other RAM it was a snap, no pun intended. Not much to report on installation. The documentation provided was more than was needed. After turning the PC on I checked the Bios and sure enough it did the auto configure and the Latency settings worked perfect. There is no need to figure out what setting to use or anything, perfect for the novice PC gamer.
As you can see Corsair put in a memory consumption or usage meter on the ram itself. It is an LED bar that shows your memory usage graded from green to red. For anyone with a case window, this stuff looks great. You know exactly when you are running your PC full board and when it's barely idling. Plus, it's just plain cool to look at.
Here is a little clip that shows the LED's
This stuff runs as good as it looks.
I put the Twin XMS 3200 XLPro through a few PC Benchmark04's that showed decent numbers, but the numbers are somewhat deceiving. The charts only showed a small increase over the Spectrum Generic PC3200 I had, when in actuality the performance was noticeable. The 3200XLPro memory playing Everquest(TM) and Doom3(TM) ran leaps and bounds better then my old spectrum PC3200. Zone loads and choppy movement all reduced dramatically. The AMD 2500+ XP Barton on my test machine is the bottleneck when it comes to the FutureMark(TM) software. Soon I will have a 64bit AMD system up and running for testing. Then I can really push this stuff. I will rerun the full suit of FuturMark(TM) software as soon as the new hardware comes in and alter this review to show the true numbers. But I can guarantee anyone using this stuff will be more then pleased at the performance.
The heat spreads are solid, nothing moving, very well designed. LED's, awesome.
Packaging and documentation, as to be expected from Corsair. Very well done and easy to read.
Lets just say everything.
Plug and Play settings for Bios
LED Usage meter
To be totally honest, I can't find anything to speak of.
This is the best Memory I have had the pleasure of using. Everything about it is good. I especially like the fact that there is no Bios settings to change and the killer look with the LED's. Corsair made this memory right.
The CORSAIR Twin XMS 3200 XLPro
Receives a perfect score, 6 out of 6 stars
Awarding them the acclaimed Editors Choice Trophy of excellence
Date reviews 10-15-04
Reviewed by Pr101j (Paul)
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