DDR2 starts to live up to its promise as Corsair ups memory speeds to 667MHz.
Extreme gaming enthusiasts will be salivating at Corsair’s announcement that it has released new DDR2 memory modules running at a record high of 667MHz. We’re actually surprised that Corsair didn’t release the XMS2 5300 memory at 666MHz – the ‘memory of the beast’, would probably appeal to the hardcore gamers that this stuff is aimed at.
What Corsair has done for the gaming market however, is to ensure that the modules offer low latencies of 4-4-4-12, rather than the JEDEC standard for 667MHz memory of 5-5-5-15.
Corsair claims that the memory has been optimised for the new Intel 915 and 925 chipsets, but as these are the only ones that support DDR2 at present, it’s something of a moot point. The modules come in densities ranging from 256MB to 1GB and in matched pairs, which is important for dual-channel configurations.
The new modules are already listed at www.corsairmemory.com, which reveals that as well as these standard modules, Corsair is also releasing 667MHz DDR2 memory as part of its XMS Pro series, the ones with the snazzy LED lights on top.