Corsair | TwinX1024 4000 Pro
Recently we reviewed the newest memory from Corsair Memory, the TwinX4000, which hit new marks for memory speed. DDR500 gives new meaning to performance, for newer motherboards supporting 800MHz Front Side Bus, like the Intel i875P chipset. In our tests it gave us 1GHz Front Side Bus performance, and pushed our Pentium 4 2.4GHz up to 3.06GHz–on a solid stable system.
Now, we’re looking at the same memory, but with more enthusiast enhancements. Two of the major ones are larger heatsink spreaders and new Activity LED lights on the top of the memory. Sounds interesting? Indeed.
Corsair Memory has kept this under its hat for quite some time, to maximize consumer ‘shock and awe’ at the new offering. To date, no other memory manufacturer has produced any similar memory, and it takes cooling to the next level.
- TwinX1024 4000 Pro
- 2x512MB Matched Memory Modules
- Dual Channel DDR Technology
- New Activity LED Display
- High-Efficiency Aluminum Heatsinks
- Lifetime Warranty
The TwinX series comes with two matched 512MB modules for Dual Channel DDR motherboards, while the CMX series is for single channel motherboards. So what does the “Pro” series really do? It introduces two new features, both offering an edge.
Working in the same manner as an EQ (Equalizer), LEDs show memory activity on each bank in real-time. Each module contains two LED rows, one for each bank.
But perhaps you don’t run a Dual Channel DDR motherboard, and would rather not pay the extra for TwinX when you only need one module to do the job. Corsair has this covered.
Available Pro Series
- TwinX1024 – 4000Pro
- TwinX1024 – 3200ProC2Pro
- CMX512 – 4000
- CMX512 – 3200C2Pro
There are no real benefits having these LED lights on top of the memory; let’s get that straight. They are only there for looks, but looks they have. Of course, they can be used to determine if the memory modules are bad. (Actually, servers could benefit more from such technology, but a server case would have to be opened to see LED activity.) Those heavily into case modding will find these modules great for showing off the inside of their cases through a window. You will be the coolest LAN party geek!
Another “Pro” series feature is the high-efficiency aluminum XMS heatsink on each module, much larger than its predecessors’. Double Data Rate (DDR) memory is becoming speedier each year; with DDRII in video cards hitting the shelves, heat dissipation is a great concern.
Most of today’s memory comes with a thin heat spreader that does a pretty good job, but Corsair has upgraded to a large heat spreader. It is much thicker, of high-efficiency aluminum to dissipate heat more rapidly. For memory, this might seem to be overkill, but we’re hitting speeds of 500MHz nowadays.