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Corsair Dominator DDR2 1,066MHz review

Attractively priced, but does the performance match?

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Our Verdict

Despite the lowered price, this still doesn't give the performance it should

For

  • Fair price
  • Some good features

Against

  • Not as powerful as we'd hoped

It's a sign of just how far prices for DDR2 have fallen that Corsair's once prohibitively priced Dominator RAM is available for less than £100.

Given the overclocking potential of Core 2 and Phenom chips, though, there's a convincing argument for stretching to buy the famous DHX heatspreader.

Disappointing performance

Unfortunately, we ran into problems with the Dominator from the off.

Even without the FSB cranked up for a comparable test platform to the 4GB kits, we couldn't hit the quoted 1,066MHz speeds at 5-5-5-15. The best we could manage was 900MHz.

Even if this was just a curiosity of our mobo, the main conclusion stands: four gigabytes of slower RAM outperforms two gigabytes of performance stuff like this in all our practical tests.