Corsair Re-launches Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT

Since the introduction of Elpida Hyper-based performance DRAM from various memory companies, many users have reported strange problems with their modules – ranging from basic memory detection issues, loss of channels to literally dead sticks. A thread over at Xtreme Systems made it all too apparent that something was very wrong.

Today, Corsair has implemented changes in materials and qualification to bring Hyper-based overclocking modules back to market, and thus re-introduced the popular Dominator GT line of performance DDR3 modules. The Dominator GT had been removed from the market due to unacceptable failure levels of the Elpida Hyper-components with which the modules are constructed.

"The issue with the Hyper RAMs was discovered with the help of the enthusiast community, and we worked closely with them to solve it," says John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering at Corsair. "Our lab was able to correlate the failures to specific batches of early material, we worked very closely with Elpida to determine the root cause of the issue and to define the associated corrective actions to take. We are confident that every GT module using the Elpida Hyper IC Corsair ships from today will meet our strict quality and reliability standard."

The re-launched Dominator GT memory kits are also being updated with new part numbers. No changes have been made to the existing black/red design, or the limited lifetime warranty. The new kits and specifications are as follows:

  • 6GB i7 kit – part number CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 – three 2GB DDR3 modules, rated at 2000MHz 7-7-7-20
  • 4GB AMD kit – part number CMG4GX3M2A1600C6 – two 2GB DDR3 modules, rated 1600MHz 6-6-6-18
  • 6GB i7 kit – part number CMG6GX3M3A2000C8 – three 2GB DDR3 modules, rated 2000MHz 8-8-8-24
  • 6GB i7 kit – part number CMG6GX3M3A1866C7 – – three 2GB DDR3 modules, rated 1866MHz 7-7-7-20

We feel it’s only a matter of time before Kingston, OCZ and other memory manufacturers take similar steps to ensure the replacement of older, earlier batches of Elpida Hyper-constructed enthusiast DRAM. Time will tell when they’ll get started.

The real loser in the whole deal is Elpida, who made a majestic SNAFU at the time when their modules were really gaining in premium space, and taking the position of Samsung D9GMH/D9GMK, D9GTS/D9GTR, numerous Microns etc.