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Things are really starting to heat up in the DDR3 battle for supremacy. The comparison to the DDR2 race for arms almost two years ago now is un-canny. The main supplier for all memory manufacturers is again Micron Technology with another D9 IC variant that is head and shoulders above the rest. The voltages seen on specification sheets are also well above JEDEC standards and climbing. With the added voltage comes added performance, but also added heat. All of these elements are reminiscent of what we saw with DDR2 and like DDR2 the same leaders are starting to emerge from the pack of pretenders.

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One of the leaders in DDR2 modules was Corsair and one of the early leaders in DDR3 memory is again, none other than Corsair. Headquartered in Fremont California, Corsair has always pushed the envelope when it came to innovation in the DRAM memory game. In conjunction with an entire line of "ultra-reliable" server and mission critical memory, Value Select memory that offers cost-effective solutions for everyday computing, Corsair has one of the largest performance driven memory closets. Hanging in the Corsair wardrobe include XMS, XMS2, XMS Pro, XMS Expert, XMS2 DHX, and their little black dress that was designed for the red carpet, the Dominator line of performance memory.

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Today we will bypass the rest and start right at the top with a thorough look at Corsair's DDR3 Dominator darling, the TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN. Rated for 900MHz (DDR3-1800) with timings of 7-7-7-20 @ 2.00v, this kit is the belle of any ball and the technology behind them is second to none. The Dominator DHX heat sinks have made quite a name for themselves strapped on the back of DDR2 modules, today we will see what they are capable of on some of the highest rated DDR3 memory...get your popcorn ready!

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