CSX Diablo 6GB DDR3-2000
CSX Diablo: Up Close
The packaging of these Diablomodules is rather simple but effective; a simple clear plastic case that houses the modules, with a red and orange marketing/info insert that continues the Diablo theme. The brochure inside is quite informative and well written. Thankfully the package is not sealed shut, so you don’t need to wreck the plastic to open it.
The design of these Diablo modules is very well done, they are very sleek and sport some rather unique heatspreaders, coloured in a matte black finished and accented with red detailing that again continues the Diablo theme and aesthetic. CSX has done an excellent job of capturing a very refined and modern look while conveying a recognizable and unique feel. The colour scheme would perfectly complement an ASUS Rampage II Extreme or Foxconn Blood Rage motherboards in our opinion.
The heatspreaders with the Diablo modules here are rather tall, so take care when dealing with a bulky air cooler, as you may encounter some clearance issues with your CPU heatsink. They are not the tallest we’ve seen, but nor are they the shortest either. The heatsinks are constructed in a distinct design, with "posts" or "bars" that sit flush to each side of the module, and are then painted, creating an interesting "offset look" when viewed at an angle. Very cool stuff.
The need for massive heatspreaders is historically well documented for those who overclock their RAM very heavily, as a great deal of heat can be produced. However, as we’ve seen with the new DDR3 tri-channel modules running at a frugal 1.5 volts, and limited to only 1.65V maximum as already explained, not much heat will be produced anyways. Certainly not like the "old" days when you had 2.4 volts coursing through some DDR2 sticks that were insanely overclocked to 1200MHz and were actually quite hot to the touch. No, the heat produced by these tri-channel modules won’t be very much at all, but we’ll check during testing just to make sure.
Let’s get down to business and see what these sticks can do.