DDR3 has been in the market for long time. It changes year by year.
Ex: price change or capacity improves. Like last year, 4~8GB became the mainstream capacity.
Most users use 4GX2 or 8GX2 as their PC spec.
Besides capacity, high clock DDR3 is the other key factor of performance improving.
CORSAIR focus on high performance DDR3 for years.
High clock DDR3 products are Dominator series mainly. After that, it's with GT or GTX code.
Last year, CORSAIR launched DDR3 most high end series, Dominator Platinum.
This review is the current highest clock modules, Dominator Platinum.
The model is CMD16GX3M4A2800C11. This is DDR3 2800 CL11, the top specs.
The high end Dominator Platinum bundles with exclusive AIRFLOW.
The package is much bigger than the regular DD3 modules.
The back side lists the PCB and other technologies.
DDR3 2800 4GB X 4, CL11 14-14-35, 1.65V
Dominator Platinum DDR3 2800 has CL11 and CL12 versions.
Product manual and AIRFLOW cooler.
AIRFLOW texture and fan design are much better than former one.
Dominator Platinum front and back.
CORSAIR own DHX (Dual-path Heat eXchange) Cooling technology which flaunts it's better cooling capability.
The top is white metal heat sink. I guess this is name, Platinum, from.
After powering on, you can see the white light. It really enhances the product texture.
They also have upgrade kit, Light Bar Upgrade Kit.
I have seen some pics in internet. It has rich light effects.
I choose Intel Ivy Bridge Z77 as test platform. Z77 is the current highest DD3 platform.
I use GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H. The spec and price are mid-range in Z77 market.
It's Ultra Durable 4. CPU PWM is 8 phases design. It has 4 built-in GPU outputs.
It has 3 PCI-E X16, 3 PCI-E X1 and 1 PCI. The design, components and expandability are quite balance.
As LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge structure, DRAM can reach DDR3 2133 as none overclock CPU.
The other LGA 2011 Sandy Bridge can reach DDR3 2400.
LGA 1155 Ivy Bridge is the current highest DDR3 clock platform. It can reach DDR3 2666~2800.
It's must for DDR3 2800 platform. Intel keeps improving Memory controller built in PU.
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K
MB: GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H
DRAM: CORSAIR Dominator Platinum CMD16GX3M4A2800C11
VGA: Intel HD Graphics 4000
HDD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD
POWER: XIGMATEK Tauro 400W Bronze
Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100
OS: Windows8 64bit