Computex 2006: Corsair PC10000 Memory

Corsair releases the fastest modules yet, while cooling down its PCB sandwich.

Corsair seems to be on a role recently – no sooner had it introduced its CAS5 1066MHz and CAS4 800MHz modules, it released C3 800MHz modules, yet again breaking the speed barrier. In a back room away from the main Computex show, Corsair was showing off its new PC10000 memory, once again breaking the speed barrier. For those of you who prefer to think in Megahz, that’s a whopping 1250MHz at 5-5-5-18 timings.

Naturally, to actually take advantage of this memory, you will need to overclock your system as the Athlon 64 can’t natively support it.

In the picture above, Corsair has cooled the FX62 processor using its new Nautilus 500 watercooling system, including a soon to be released SLI waterblock cooling the GPUs. The chip was overclocked to just over 3.1GHz using a 313MHz HTT speed (over the standard 200MHz).

Most interesting, is how they managed to achieve 1250MHz, with the use of only 2.2V. Naturally at this sort of speed, quite a lot of heat is produced so there is a large heat spreader on the memory modules and three 40mm fans to help cool it down. However, the clever bit is how they have removed the heat from the PCB. The PCB itself is made up of six separate layers. Separating the top three from the bottom three is a grounding plate which heats up significantly. The heatsink used is connected directly to this grounding plate to remove the internally produced heat. Quite clever those Corsair chaps!



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