Dell turns to overclocked Corsair DDR3 memory to help boost the performance of the XPS 730.As a rule, I find DDR3 to be too expensive and the benefits too small to both wasting money on it, but if you're looking to squeeze the most from your system, and price isn't a barrier, then fitting DDR3 becomes a viable option.
This is what Dell has done. The XPS 730, which starts at $3,999, is now fitted with 4GB of 1,333MHz Corsair DDR3 overclocked to 1,600MHz. At these speeds Corsair are not only promising dramatic performance gains, but also total stability.
From the press release:
"The performance computing community is very aware of the improved game play that 4GB of memory offers, as well as corresponding improvements in task switching and program load times," stated Andy Paul, President and CEO at Corsair. "Dell and Corsair completed many hours of testing and tweaking over many hardware and firmware revisions, and the result is a platform that is exquisitely tuned for performance and stability."
"The XPS 7XX-series platform is the ideal place for Dell to showcase the best that PC performance hardware has to offer," said Patrick Desbois, Dell XPS Gaming Engineering. "We had very aggressive performance goals for this platform, including the ability to run 4GB of overclocked main memory with rock-solid stability. Corsair’s DOMINATOR DDR3 modules were the only logical choice for the best-in-class performance memory required for the Dell XPS 730."
Does this make DDR3 ready for prime time?