RGB Fan for Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 Launched: $70 MSRPby Anton Shilov on November 3, 2017 11:00 AM EST
Corsair has introduced a new fan for its top-of-the-range Dominator Platinum memory modules that not only adds additional airflow to the memory but also adds additional RGB LEDs. The Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB cooler is compatible with DDR4 memory modules and is already available.
Customizable RGB lighting can be installed on pretty much all types of enthusiast-class PC components these days. Virtually all high-end motherboards, graphics cards, memory modules, chassis, fans, etc. released this year are equipped with some sort of RGB LED topology. All the leading suppliers of memory modules for gamers and enthusiasts either already ship DRAM modules with customizable RGB lighting, or at least have demonstrated them. Corsair itself released its Vengeance RGB series to complement its cases and coolers this summer.
Corsair’s top-end Dominator Platinum modules still have not received any RGB treatment. Although today's announcement is aimed to allow users to keep the design ID, add additional cooling, and add RGB.
Corsair's Dominator Platinum range is for Corsair's top performing modules, and the kits do not come cheap. In the effort for performance, typically the custom PCBs (and industrial design) are not intended for LEDs, especially if the delivery of “clean” power to the memory chips had an adverse effect on performance or overclocking potential. Corsair has experimented with white LED-equipped Platinum Dominator Torque DDR4-3200 special edition modules, but it looks like it does not plan to introduce LEDs to all of its highest-end parts. So instead of installing RGB LEDs on the Dominator Platinum modules, Corsair has decided to offer an optional cooler that would add lighting effects.
The Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB cooler is equipped with two 50-mm ball bearing fans that can create 21.2 CFM airflow pressure at their maximum rotating speed of 3700 RPM. The fans are PWM controllable using Corsair Link software. The same application can customize the lighting of both fans.
|Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB at a Glance|
|Bearing Type||Ball bearing|
|Fan Diameter||Dual 50mm|
|RPM||3700 RPM, PWM controllable|
|Airflow||21.2 CFM (3700RPM)|
|Noise level||25.6 dBA (max)|
|Fan life||150,000 hrs/40° C|
The Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB is available today directly from Corsair and its resellers. The MSRP of the product in the U.S. is $69.99, whereas in Europe the cooler is available for €74.99. Meanwhile, the device is available from Amazon for $56.54 at press time. You will need two for a high-end desktop with quad channel memory. To clarify, memory is not included.
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willis936 - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkSeventy fucking dollars for a fan.
DanNeely - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkStill cheaper than buying its older non RGB-cancer peers as part of stupidly marked up ram kits.
DanNeely - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkIf the fan was actually intended for cooling they'd've used ram sinks that allowed air to be blown between the dimms.
lazarpandar - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkIt's true, and it's what really proves that this is a garbage product meant only for suckers. Blowing air at the flat metal surface created by the tops of the ram modules is going to do absolutely nothing-- even if ram modules were throttled for heat reasons.
Which we all know they aren't.
DanNeely - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkYeah. When the non RGB versions of these things came out there still generally was some space between the dimms even if you filled all channels; now if you actually need extra cooling (highly doubtful) you have to only go single channel to leave every second slot empty.
philehidiot - Monday, November 6, 2017 - linkThe airflow will do something, just obviously not as much as if that barrier wasn't there. It'll create higher velocity, lower pressure and therefore suck air into the flow from between the sinks. Efficient? No. Pointless? Hell yes. A rip off? Oh you betcha.
Hxx - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkand I thought they would stop at the RGB headset stand. Wow I am mind blown.
alexvoda - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkI initially wanted to just ask if this wouldn't block airflow to the CPU but after a closer look this product is totally stupid when paired with the Dominator Platinum DIMMs like in the picture.
The silver (platinum? :P) handle on the DIMMs will block all airflow from this fan to that radiator on the DIMMS and the space between DIMMS is already insignificant. In this combination I think the RAM temperature decrese will probably be negligible, there might be a CPU temperature INCREASE, and certainly there will be a bit of extra power use and less money in the wallet. All for pointless lights.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE RGB lights on things. But I want them to have a purpose!! If they only spew rainbow light but no information they are useless.
BrokenCrayons - Friday, November 3, 2017 - linkHere's to 2018 being the year we need to include an additional 50W in our PSU calculations to account for RGB lighting in our computers.
Seriously, WTF is going on out there? Some products like this one are probably just slinging mud at the wall to see what sticks, but something RGB has to be making sales if a company as large as Corsair is barfing up this kind of garbage at those prices.
Lord of the Bored - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - linkAwww, LEDs aren't THAT power-hungry. 'S five watts tops. Even that'd be SUPER bright.
That's part of why it is so common. Very cheap to implement, very low impact on the system, and you can get seventy bucks for a fan with full-color programmable lighting.