How the Xpert's two-piece design works
You see, the display is actually a separate unit, and can be removed.
The display unit can connect to the DIMM in one of two positions, changing the direction in which the display protrudes from the top of the module. Given enough room on either side, a pair of Xpert modules can cuddle up to one another like so:
Clever, no? Of course, not all DIMM sockets face the same way, which presents another problem: upside-down text. The Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe mobo that I used for testing the Xpert DIMMs had this problem. Corsair's solution is to invert the display in software. That works fine save for one thing: the blue glowy Corsair "ship" logo, which is static and can't be inverted. So all of my pictures of the Xpert in action have upside-down Corsair ships on them. Now you know why. Corsair's clever design for the Xpert modules solves many problems, but not all of them.
Shoehorning a pair of Xpert DIMMs into a system probably won't be difficult most of the time, but aspiring modders may sometimes find that their electric blue ships run aground on clearance problems. Not every motherboard has enough room between the DIMMs and other tall things, like heatsinks for the VRMs, north bridge, or CPU. Small form factor boxes promise to be especially tricky, if not impossible, and I worry about the Xpert displays bumping into wind tunnels on BTX systems. Massive coolers like this Zalman beast also threaten to sink a pair of Xperts. This is a product for case modders and PC builders who know their stuff, and clearance issues must be part of that equation. Measure twice, purchase once.
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