When it comes to DDR memory, Corsair ranks right up there as the leading company offering the best performance possible. Not to be out done by anyone, they recently released their XL3200 Pro, a low latency dual channel package capable of running 2-2-2-5 at DDR400, yikes!
Here are some specs:
If you currently have a newer Intel P4 based system running the 800Mhz bus, you need fast memory. The 800Mhz bus of your P4 'C' is quad pump, which means at stock form you are running 200Mhz. Since the D in DDR stands for double, your memory when running in 1:1 mode will be 400Mhz. You NEED memory modules that can fully run at 400Mhz to fully utilize the bandwidth. In this review, you will see the effects of running at stock and what happens when you overclock the bus speeds.
The XL3200 comes with heatshields with 18 built in LED activity lights. When your system is using the ram, the lights will rise to the top and shine red. When it is at idle, it will sink to the bottom and show green. Not really necessary, but neat to have if you have a window on your case to look through.
Corsair boast a Plug-n-Frag technology, which auto sets your motherboard using the optimal memory timings. This can work, if your motherboard is not picky. We will be testing on an Abit IC-7 board which does not like this feature too much. So we had to manually set it in the BIOS to the factory timings. Even so, CPU-Z reported the speeds wrong anyway, but that's a different story all together. Let's do some tests...