Corsair Launches Dominator Platinum Memory Modules for ASUS ROG Systemsby Anton Shilov on May 27, 2016 2:00 PM EST
Corsair has introduced its new custom-built kit of Dominator Platinum memory modules, which are specifically designed for ASUS ROG motherboards. The new DDR4 modules contain an exclusive SPD profile, which is only available on select ASUS ROG platforms featuring Intel’s Z170 PCH (platform controller hub).
The Corsair Dominator Platinum ROG Edition kit (CMD16GX4M4B3200C16-ROG) consists of four 4 GB DDR4 memory modules rated to run at 3200 Mbps data-rate with CL16 18-18-36 timings at 1.35 Volts. The modules are primarily designed for Intel’s Skylake-S processors when used in Intel’s Z170-based motherboards that support XMP 2.0 technology (to automatically set their frequencies and latencies when they are installed into appropriate PCs and the BIOS option is selected). However, when the Dominator Platinum ROG Edition kit is installed into one of ASUS ROG motherboards featuring the Z170 chipset, it allows setting 3333 Mbps data-rate and CL16 timings.
The Dominator Platinum ROG Edition modules are based on binned DRAM chips as well as Corsair’s proprietary 10-layer PCB with internal cooling planes as well as external thermal pads. For improved cooling and visual aesthetics, the modules come with aluminum heat-spreaders and customizable LED lighting. The memory sticks also feature famous Republic of Gamers red and black brushed aluminium finish, to compliment the current-generation ASUS ROG line of motherboards.
As for the price, the Corsair Dominator Platinum ROG Edition kit represents a premium, much like other DDR4-3200+ kits. The set of four ROG-branded modules costs $224.99 excluding taxes in the U.S., which is considerably higher than the price of any other 16 GB DDR4-3333 kit. The Dominator Platinum ROG Edition kit is also more expensive than Corsair’s own Dominator Platinum 16 GB DDR4-3200 CL15 (4 x 4 GB kit), which is priced at $189.99. Possibly, an exclusive SPD setting, custom-painted heatsinks as well as elite Republic of Gamers brand add a tangible amount of money to the price tag, but is aimed squarely at users with specific ROG motherboards.
The list of compatible motherboards looks as follows:
- ROG Maximus VIII Formula
- Maximus VIII Hero
- ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly
- ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
- Maximus VIII Impact
- Maximus VIII Extreme
- Maximus VIII Ranger
- Maximus VIII Gene
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Major_Kusanagi - Friday, May 27, 2016 - linkNext thing to be branded ROG will be case standoffs.
Impulses - Friday, May 27, 2016 - linkHah, I can see it now... Antique brass standoffs, the only studs worthy of your elite mobo.
Flunk - Friday, May 27, 2016 - linkI've already preordered a ROG toaster.
Morawka - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - linkSo it's been 11 days since the gtx 1080 reviews went live. Can you please update us, or post the review? Toms Hardware has already taken a deep dive into the architecture, maybe you could use some of that since you are both owned by Purch
HollyDOL - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - linkUnless there is some hidden super feature that magically improves performance 10% or more... what the hell is purpose of this ROG RAM? Except fooling less educated audience into buying it? If this came at least 6 or 9 months ago then it could find it's place... nowadays it seems to come too late and too high. And that's coming from person who's running on Corsair RAMs since DDR-400.
kent1146 - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - link"Why even bother when <other vendor> has <product XYZ>?"
Because these are red.
You might not understand it, but there are people out there who care enough about aesthetics that they're willing to buy a product just because it matches the color scheme of the rest of their build, and are willing to pay a premium for that color matching.
Don't misunderstand me... these people are still enthusiasts. They aren't going to buy some obsolete piece-of-junk computer component just because of its color. They still want high-end parts. But when it comes to selecting *WHICH* high-end part they want, these people will pay a bit extra if that high-end part color matches their build.
Impulses - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - linkWas it really necessary to spam that same out of context reply half a dozen times across the comments section? I'm seldom one to cry shill, but this smacks of paid astroturfing... Hopefully you're getting something in exchange for the effort anyway.
versesuvius - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - linkGod forbid. The more these kind of "innovations", the more happy I get with my current system. They don't build them like that anymore.
FaaR - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - link" For improved cooling and visual aesthetics, the modules come with aluminum heat-spreaders and customizable LED lighting."
Are these blue "run cooler" LEDs, or red "go faster" LEDs? Gamers need to know these things!