Intel provided a 3GB PC3-8500 memory kit which was working without problems. With the Corsair 6GB kit you will have advantages when you are using a 64bit OS. We still test with Windows XP SP3 32bit and our benches do only use up to 1.5GB.
CPUz shows us the SPD of every memory module and gives us a nice comparision. The Corsair kit does of course support XMP, which is Intels answer to nVidias EPP. Of course we, the customers, are left in the dark about many advantages of EPP or XMP. It's time that all chipset makers sit on a table and make a standard for all, so we can use our modules on any board regardless of chipset.
Corsair features quite tidy timings with CL8-8-8-24 but CR2, which does not influence performance.
As usual we check out the theoretical bandwidth with Everest:
This test shows up to 20% performance increase for the Corsair kit, but how does that relate to realworld applications?