Hot on the heels of OCZ, Corsair has made its entry into the world of triple-channel DDR3 memory kits. If you've been reading the news these past few weeks, we shouldn't have to spell it out for you: the kits will accommodate Intel's next-generation Core i7 processors, since those chips will have built-in triple-channel DDR3 memory controllers.
Corsair has announced six different kits with total capacities of 3GB and 6GB and speeds of 1333MHz, 1600MHz, and 1866MHz. Here's a run-down of the different models and their prices from the Corsair press release:
TR3X6G1866C9DF 6GB Kit 1866MHz DOMINATOR with Airflow fan $475 TR3X3G1866C9DF 3GB Kit 1866MHz DOMINATOR with Airflow fan $250 TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB Kit 1600MHz DOMINATOR $300 TR3X3G1600C8D 3GB Kit 1600MHz DOMINATOR $175 TR3X6G1333C9 6GB Kit 1333MHz $230 TR3X3G1333C9 3GB Kit 1333MHz $120
The four Dominator kits have fancy heatsinks with fins that poke above the modules, while the other two kits have regular heat spreaders. The 1866MHz offerings are rated for higher clock speeds than any of OCZ's triple-channel kits, too, although Corsair doesn't say if it stuck to that 1.65V limit we've been hearing about. (Supposedly, running memory above 1.65V may damage Core i7 processors.)
Corsair claims the DDR3-1333 kits should be available immediately, while their DDR3-1600 brethren will follow soon. The DDR3-1866 kits will become available "just before" the Core i7 launch. Intel said yesterday it plans to release its first Core i7 processors some time next month.