Corsair Dominator Platinum Contrast RAM serves up monochrome magic

The high-contrast combination of black and white is one of the more striking color schemes you can choose for your PC parts. You might have had a hard time finding RAM that matched that aesthetic, though—at least, until now. Corsair's latest memory modules are the Dominator Platinum Special Edition Contrast, and as you've no doubt already guessed, they blend pearly white with gloss black for a bold look.

Make no mistake, gerbils—these are premium DIMMs. In fact, they're so fancy that they're even individually-numbered to prove their exclusivity. The black frame along the top of the modules has a white LED light bar, and Corsair has a lot to say about the modules' 10-layer PCB and patented cooling technology.

If you're more concerned about the quality of your RAM than its color scheme, you can probably rest assured that should you somehow end up with a set of Dominator Platinum sticks, they'll serve you well. The new modules come in dual- and quad-channel kits, and each stick is rated for 3466 MT/s operation. Corsair rates the DIMMs for 16-18-18-36 timings, although you'll need to supply them with 1.35 V for them to do their thing.

Folks who want the finest in monochrome memory modules can get them in any capacity as long as it's 32 GB. You can at least have your choice of a pair of 16-GB modules or a quartet of 8-GB sticks. Both kits are up for sale on Corsair's site already. The dual-channel pack will run you $440, while the kit with four DIMMs will set you back $480.

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    • Bauxite
    • 2 years ago

    Hey look, corsair spent more money on marketing (like making sure every tech site knows and posts about every latest product) and fancy useless oversized heatsinks but of course it still has crappy timings. Because you know what they don’t spend any of your (far too many) dollars on: samsung chips that are [i<]actually[/i<] the fastest. If you're going to spend nearly $500 on 32GB, at least go get some gskill 3200 14-14-14, 3600 15-15-15 or 3600 16-16-16. Still has useless oversized heatsinks though. Seriously, good dimms have thermal sensors, ddr4 really does not get hot by itself.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      What you’re saying is “unless it’s Samsung B die, it’s cheap, standard RAM” and I agree with you.

      Since this isn’t Samsung B die, it’s cheap standard RAM and all this hype, bling and marketing dazzle is just lipstick on pig.

      If you’re not buying B die, just get the cheapest RAM you can find with a warranty you’re prepared to accept.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Four hundred and forty dollars for 16GB of RAM.

    Don’t worry, there’s no DRAM cartel. It’s simply a side effect of increased smartphone sales.

    What was that, you say? Gartner and other leading analytics specialists show that growth in global smartphone sales has actually been on the decline in recent years? Must be fake news. The real numbers from the DRAM [s<]cartel[/s<] manufacturers has empirical pricing data that implies otherwise!

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      It’s not JUST smartphones though. But yeah, mostly smartphones.

      • deputy dawg
      • 2 years ago

      If I’m reading correctly it looks like $440 for 32GB of RAM

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        You are reading it correctly and I skimmed the pricing paragraph too quickly.

        It still doesn’t make the price any less eye-watering, we’re already at peak levels of eye-watering.

          • Klimax
          • 2 years ago

          At least for same money I paid for 16GB DDR4 I can get now double capacity.

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      they said the same excuses for gddr5 and video card price hikes. i guess we will see if there’s another class action lawsuit on price fixing like the one on DRAM a few years ago. save your receipts!

    • ColeLT1
    • 2 years ago

    My RAM of choice in 2017, bought 5 sets for some builds including my own, was $116.99 on 7/26/2017, now $229.99. All 5 sets are running at advertised speeds on 7700k cpus.
    [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232194[/url<] DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) = Win Timing 16-16-16-36 = Win Voltage 1.35V = Tie LEDs = Personal preference

    • hansmuff
    • 2 years ago

    Isn’t 1.35V standard? Anyway, that’s some good looking gear in this horror world of RGB.

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      Nah. 1.2V is standard for DDR4.

      Also, THESE ARE TOO TALL.

        • psuedonymous
        • 2 years ago

        Of course they’re too tall, they use RAMsinks. The giant-spoiler-on-a-commuter-hatchback of the computer world.
        Sadly for those who don’t want a completely nonfunctional lump glued onto perfectly good DIMMs, no memory company will sell you a half-decent binned DIMM [i<]without[/i<] said pointlessness.

          • DancinJack
          • 2 years ago

          These aren’t completely awful. No, they’re not 3466, but 3200 and 16-19-19-36/16-18-18-36 isn’t going to be SLOW.

          [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820236196[/url<] [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233894[/url<]

          • Bauxite
          • 2 years ago

          Its not binned, but you [i<]can[/i<] get samsung b-die without blingsinks. Bonus: its ECC too! So when you're getting raked over the coals (~$100/200 per 8/16GB) at least you know its "because servers". So far they all do 2933 or better for me.

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