Corsair Memory is a designer and seller of computer peripherals and hardware. The company was founded in 1994 by Andy Paul, Don Lieberman, and John Beekley. Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules dubbed Cache on a stick (COAST) modules for OEMs. Today, with over 800 employees and reaching $450 million in revenue, the product focus has shifted to DRAM modules and other PC components such as peripherals. Their full product line includes: Memory, Cases, Power Supply Units, CPU Coolers, Fans, SSD, Mice, Keyboards, Headsets, USB Drives, and External Storage. Although Corsair’s computer peripherals and other PC components are popular amongst the general population, their memory products are very popular amongst computer enthusiasts as they are designed for superior overclocking.
Corsair Memory’s memory products are focused primarily on DIMM units, though SODIMM units are also in production. Their Memory Configurations include Dual Channel, Dual/Quad Channel, Single Module, Quad Channel, SODIMM, and Triple Channel. These units cover the entire spectrum of DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, DDR3L with module capacities ranging from 1GB to 8GB and speeds of up to 3000MHz.
In mid-2014, Corsair announced their new product of DDR4 memory to keep up to date with new Haswell-E CPUs and X99 motherboards. DDR4 offers significantly better performance on high-resolution images/videos and data-intensive applications as they are designed to be faster, uses less power, and house more GB than a DDR3. DDR4 bandwidth starts from 2133MT/s and can reach up to 3000MT/s, compared to DDR3 which have a range of 800 to 2133MT/s. The increase in speed allows applications to run faster and smoother with a high-bandwidth mother board compared to a DDR3. DDR4 DIMMS run at a very low standard 1.2 V while DDR3 modules typically operate at 1.5V and 1.65V. This decrease in power usage will not only consume less power but will generate less heat as well. DDR3 DIMMS are limited to 8GB modules, limiting the maximum memory to 32GB on standard four-socket motherboards while DDR4 DIMMS will be able to reach 16GB per module, allowing 64 GB on standard four-socket motherboards. If 16GB modules are not the requirement, Corsair Memory DDR4 DIMM capacities can also be found in 8 GB (2x 4 GB), 16 GB (4x 4 GB), 32 GB (4x 8 GB) and 64 GB (8x 8 GB).
As computer graphics and applications technology continues to advance, computer memory must keep up as well. Corsair Memory’s DDR4 provides the capability for all to do so, computer generalists and enthusiasts alike.