Reviews and Problems with Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC16000/2000MHz CL9 2x4GB (CMX8GX3M2A2000C9)
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6 December 2015
Pros: Corsair is know for its fast reliable ram. And this has been, for the most part. See cons.
Cons: I could never get them to run at 2000 the farthest I could push them was 1600 which is disapointing to me. It seems a lot of people are having that same problem too. It seem like if you advertise that your ram is 2000mhz it should run that out of the box with out having to O.C. Stuff. Also after ...
Summary: 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.
Pros: Fast, reliable, runs at decent temps. Heat sinks underneath large CPU air coolers.
Cons: Expensive, requires good hardware to function properly.
Summary: Memory is sold as what it's highest successful speed, but 9/10 times you will need to enter BIOS and manually adjust timings and voltage to reach that. Read a lot if you are unfamiliar with OCing before trying anything, it's not my fault if you break anything.
Pros: Nice dual channel kit, runs good (now, see cons)
Cons: Initially, CPU-z reported the it had defaulted to 1066Mhz with 7-7-7-24 timings, command rate 1t w/ 1.5V. Changed timings to 9-10-9-27 and added 0.150V for a total of 1.65V and it runs at 1866Mhz (need to OC more for the full 2000)
Summary: I'll be contacting Corsair, and maybe they'll have some magic trick to fix my problem. But it seems people running AMD systems have been having problems with these. Not sure why, but they're supposed to work with it.
Pros: It at least works. And I haven't heard complaints from the Intel Crowd. Was able to get good timings at low frequencies.
Cons: I have been completely unable to get up to the speeds Corsair claims. With some work I've got it running at 1333, and at much worse timings than were claimed in the specs. So, with some work, about half the performance that I paid for. Disapointing, will be considering trying the mushkins or Cruc...
Summary: I could have gone with cheaper sticks and slower sticks, but this is a bit futureproof and OC friendly being so fast; and not having to RMA sticks is worth it in the long run. Some other good makers but I like Corsair the best because of the XMS sticks.
Pros: This memory is beef for my AMD processor. Right now my Zambezi is overclocked from 3.6GHz to a bit over 4GHz and the memory is only running at like 1066MHz. Lots and lots of room for upgrades to future processors running much faster. Having it only run at 1066 the SPD puts it at CL 2 tRCD16 tRP 2...
Cons: The looks could use a bit of work. The Vengeance ones look cooler but these XMS3 sticks dont have heat spreaders that stick up too far or anything (the Vengeance line looks good but I have to wonder about clearance sometmes). I have a closed case without a window so this doesnt matter much to me ...
Pros: I posted that review that mentioned RAM timings of CL 2, it turns out this was an error in CPU-Z the program I was looking at for timings. The actual timings I have are 7-7-7-20 at 4.1GHz CPU and 1.15Ghz memory. Don't know what I was thinking, but still this memory feels fast to me even with more...