Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600 32GB Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 21.02.19
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With their Dominator Platinum RGB modules Corsair has some seriously good looking DRAM modules on the market. The customer receives an RGB illumination, which in combination with the black heatspreader, looks quite compelling. Apart from that the specs are interesting as well and DDR4-3600 should add a little performance.



Manufacturer Corsair
Series Dominator Platinum RGB
Part Number CMT32GX4M4K3600C16
Type DDR4
Capacity 32 GB (4 x 4GB)
Frequency 3600 MHz
Timings 16-18-18-38
VDIMM 1.35 Volt
Registred/Unbuffered Unbuffered
ECC No
Cooling Passive Heatspreader
Waranty Lifetime warranty
Package Type Boxed


  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB


With the Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600C16 DDR4 kit, Corsair has memory modules in its portfolio which serve the high-end market. A more detailed look at the specifications shows, that Corsair was cautious in choosing the timings. The Samsung chips on these modules are set to run at CL16-18-18-36. If you keep in mind, that other memory makers drive these chips at lower latencies it's understandable why we're saying Corsair is being cautious.

Closer Look

  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB


The new Dominator Platinum RGB modules from Corsair are being shipped in its own cardboard box. Apart from that they have been enclosed in blister packaging.

  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB - DDR4-3600 32GB


The heatspeader of the new Dominator Platinum RGB has a black finish that has been very nicely made. The cooler itself is made out aluminum and it features a good layer of thermal padding on both sides. As the name suggests, the kit comes with RGB backlight. With the Dominator Platinum RGB, Corsair puts inside the lightbar twelve individually addressable RGB LEDs that should be brighter and more efficient compared the previous generation. With Corsair iCue software you can change several modes for each LEDs.



Taking the heatspeaders off Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB series is not something we would recommend doing at home due to strong adhesive that requires a very careful approach. Once the heatspreaders have been removed we see that Corsair is putting B-Die chips from Samsung on these modules.

Test Setup

Um den Speichermodulen sowie Speicherkits ordentlich auf den Zahn zu fühlen verwenden wir eien Coffee Lake Refresh Plattform in Kombination mit einem Intel Core i9-9900K Prozessor. Dieses Setup erlaubt es uns den Speicher bei maximalen Taktraten und scharften Timings auf Skalierung zu testen. Unterschiedliche Speicherchips, Speichermodule und Speicherkits weisen ebenfalls unterscchiedliche "Sweet Spots" bezüglich Primär-, Sekundär- und Tertiärtimings auf. Aus diesem Grund passen wir jeweils die CAS, tRCD, tRP und tRAS Latenzen an. Insgesamt verwenden wir sechs Presets. Im Falle dieser Presets variieren wir die Spannung von 1.20V über 1.35V auf 1.50V und notieren die maximal erreichten Taktraten. Um festzustellen ob ein Setting stabil war führen wir SuperPI 16M aus.

Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene
CPU Intel Core i9-9900K
Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H100i RGB Platinum
Graphic card ASUS ROG Strix GTX1050 Gaming
Memory CMT32GX4M4K3600C16
SSD Corsair Neutron NX500 400GB
PSU Seasonic Prime Titanium Fanless 600W
OS Windows 10 x64 Updated


CAS latency





Conclusion

General + -
Overall it can be said, that the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600C16 32 Gigabyte memory kit does what Corsair claims they do and therefore they clear specs without an issue. Apart from that the Dominator Platinum kits do have a reputation for being beautiful and this RGB version kit is not an exception. The RGB LEDs placed on the top part can be controller with the vendor's iCUE software that you can be download from the Corsair website. Nevertheless CL16-18-18-36 at DDR4-3600 is a rather conservative latency set. The maximum frequency this kit could easily cope with was DDR4-4600 at CL19-20-20-39. In this case we had to run it with 1.5V.   - Compatibility with large coolers - RGB  
 
Scaling   + -
We have noticed linear scaling in almost every test set. If we look at CL16 we see a small degression when setting 1.5 Volt. In all the other presets, there is linear scaling, which is what we want to see.   - Scaling  
 
Overclocking   + -
Using the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene and our specific memory testing CPU, which has a good IMC, reaching 4600MHz on the memory was actually easy. Pushing the frequency any further wasn't possible. In this case we have to feed the sticks with 1.5 Volt.   - 4.5 GHz+
 
 
Recommendation / Price   + -
Checking Geizhals.at for prices we find the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600C16 32 Gigabyte kit listed for 454 Euro. Although these are absolute high-end-modules, the price is really steep. If it is good looking memory with RGB capabilities and a lot of overclocking headroom you're after and you don't mind the price then diese Dominators are absolutely recommendable.      
 
Rating
The Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600C16 receives good 5 out of 5 stars.
 





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Today we're having a close look at Thermalright's massive Silver Arrow IB-E. This is the latest incarnation of something that is a pure beast of an aircooler. As we already mentioned Thermalright equipped this massive block with a total of eight heatpipes and they all measure six millimeter in diameter. This should definitely be plenty to offer some insane performance at a very reasonable noise level.


 

The Silver Arrow IB-E from Thermalright is a classical twin-tower cooler. This type of cooler comes with the advantage that manufacturers can build blocks that offer a large surface area. The disadvantage compared to down-draft coolers is there is no direct airstream towards the motherboard and therefore onboard components get a little hotter. Thermalright manufacturs their Silver Arrow SB-E from aluminium and copper. You can find a nickel-plated copper base plate through which all the eight heatpipes got routed. The heatpipes received the same treatment like the base plate which means they've also been nickel-plated. In the case of the fins we count 45 aluminum sheets, which have been soldered to the heatpipes. 

We couldn't find any manufacturing mistakes on our sample, which means build quality is on an excellent level. The heatpipes have a concave shape, which helps increasing the efficiency of an attached fan. Regarding the design of the fins Thermalright chose a sawtooth design at the edges of each fin. We also like the detail that Thermalright is equipping the heatpipes with stylish caps.

Specifications

Model Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E
Type Twin-Tower cooler
Provided Fan(s) 2x 152x140x26.5mm PWM
Supported Fan(s) 3x 140x140x25mm
Base Material Copper Direct Contact Heatpipes
Aluminum
Fins Material Aluminum
Socket Support Intel LGA 2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1150/775
AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
Thermal compound Thermalright (Tube) Chill Factor III
Product Page Silver Arrow IB-E



Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - Photo Gallery
Page 3 - Installation
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Absolute Performance
Page 6 - PWM Performance
Page 7 - Conclusion




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