The latest generations of both Intel and AMD desktop processors can take advantage of faster DDR5 memory. While the prices of such memory kits are still quite prohibitive, the performance you get from them is undeniable. And, sooner or later, as more options surface on the market, prices should gradually drop. During the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to test one of the fastest memory kits I’ve seen, namely the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34. Here’s what I found out and what you should know about this memory kit:
This Corsair DDR5-7200 memory kit is an excellent choice for:
- Those who want high-performance RAM for their 13th Gen Intel Core processor
- Gamers and professionals who require a very powerful computer
These are the best things about the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 RAM:
- It’s an extremely fast memory kit, running at no more, no less than 7200 MHz
- It’s compatible with Intel XMP 3 profiles, so it’s easy setting them to run at full speed
- The modules have RGB lights, and they look great
- The aluminum heat spreaders are solid and efficient
- Lifetime warranty
On the other hand, this memory kit:
- Doesn’t support AMD EXPO profiles for the new AMD Ryzen 7000 processors
- Has a high price that’s not for everyone
If you’re building a powerful desktop computer based on an Intel 700 series motherboard and a latest-gen (13th) Intel Core processor, the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 is one of the best choices you could make in terms of RAM. It offers amazing speeds and performance in any type of workload, including gaming and demanding software such as CAD applications or video editors. If its price isn’t daunting for you, then you should definitely consider getting it. From me, it gets a full five-stars verdict and the High-End badge.
Corsair's Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory kit is delivered in a small box made of matte black cardboard. On the top cover, there’s a glossy illustration of a memory module with its RGB lights on and a few details about the specific kit you bought.
On the back of the box, you’ll find more details about the memory kit, including its serial number. However, there’s no information regarding the timings or voltage of the memory, for instance.
Inside the box, you only get the essentials: the two memory modules (protected by a support made of plastic and foam), accompanied by the user guide and safety information leaflet.
Unboxing the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 is quick and straightforward.
The Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory kit is made of two 16 GB modules. Their SPD (default speed) is 4800 MHz, but their maximum (tested) speed reaches a staggering 7200 MHz! Furthermore, although the latency goes up as the frequency increases, this RAM still manages to offer good timings: CL34-44-44-96. Note that there are many alternatives in Corsair’s Dominator Platinum RGB series, with RAM kits that offer slower speeds (starting from 4800 MHz) but lower latencies, as well as one that has a faster speed (7600 MHz) yet a higher latency.
Corsair’s Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory is compatible with Intel XMP 3.0 profiles but doesn’t offer out-of-the-box support for AMD EXPO profiles. The company says the memory is compatible with 13th Gen Intel Core processors, so if you install these modules on an Intel 700 Series motherboard, enabling them to run at full speed (7200 MHz) should be as easy as entering UEFI and choosing to use their XMP profile.
Corsair’s memory modules look great, just as you’d expect. The Dominator Platinum RGB memory modules are covered by large heatsinks that aren’t there just to look nice but also do a great job at cooling the DRAM. That’s easily noticeable if you take a memory module in your hand: it’s heavy, which means that the aluminum heat spreaders are solid. When it comes to appearance, I should also mention that the RGB lights on the Dominator Platinum RGB modules look good as well.
For more details about the technical specs of this memory kit, check this webpage: DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB 32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34.
I used and tested the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory modules on a desktop computer with the following configuration:
- Motherboard: ASUS ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi
- Processor: Intel Core i9-13900K
- Cooler: ASUS ROG Ryuo III 240 ARGB
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT
- Storage: Kingston KC3000 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
- Power Supply Unit: ASUS ROG Thor 850W Platinum
- Operating System: Windows 11 Pro Version 22H2
Here are more details about the hardware inside my test computer:
Though modern operating systems, games, and applications of all kinds have increased needs in terms of memory compared to a couple of years ago, 32 GB is still more than enough for almost anything. Maybe except for some niche occupations like video editing or working with large projects in CAD applications. My usual activities, however, only include browsing the web, writing, gaming, playing music, and watching videos. For all that, the 32 GB in this memory kit was more than enough: only about 10 GB of the 32 were actually commonly used.
The most demanding thing I do on my PC is play games. And even then, the 32 GB of memory was more than I really needed, at least for the time being. For instance, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla only used about 38% of the RAM.
The Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory kit performed great on my test computer, regardless of whether I was doing my daily work or playing demanding games.
To get a more accurate picture of the performance offered by the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory kit, I ran a series of benchmarks:
First, I launched AIDA64’s Cache & Memory Benchmark. Its results showed that the memory modules could sustain read speeds of 108 GB/s, write speeds of 94 GB/s, and copy speeds of 99 GB/s. All with a latency of 65.7 nanoseconds, which is lower (better) than I actually expected. All in all, if I look at the speeds I got with another fast DDR5 RAM, namely the Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-6000 32GB, the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory kit offers an increase in performance ranging from about 13 to 16 percent, depending on whether I look at the read, write, or copy speeds.
The second benchmark was PassMark PerformanceTest. In the Memory Mark tests, the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 got a score of 4150 points, which is better than 99% of all the RAM tested with this app. Compared to the Kingston Fury Beast RGB DDR5-6000 32GB I tested a while ago, this Corsair memory offers a 4.4% increase in performance.
The third benchmark I chose was UserBenchmark. As expected, Corsair’s RAM got an Outstanding verdict.
Last but not least, I ran PCMark 10, a benchmark that measures the overall performance of the computer in standard activities like web browsing, photo editing, video chatting, and working with office applications. The test PC where I mounted the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 memory modules got a spectacular score of no more, no less than 10240 points. This is a score that PCMark 10 considers to be “Better than 99% of all results!”
The Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 is a memory kit built for and able to deliver apex performance. It’s definitely one of the best choices you could make if you want extreme speed in any kind of workload, including gaming or demanding applications.
Now you know more about the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR5 DRAM 7200MHz C34 RAM. You know that the performance it offers is outstanding and that it’s a great choice for any latest-generation Intel-powered desktop computer. Are you considering buying a kit for yourself? Let me know in the comments section below.