OCZ are rather surprisingly not the most well known of memory companies on the market today, but they do produce some of the highest quality products you can get memory wise right now. Today we are posting another of our OCZ reviews, this is based on the PC-4000 EL DDR Platinum XTC 2G Memory in Dual Channel format. Our previous OCZ reviews have praised both performance and the support you receive from the company, lets hope it continues on with this product.
As always, the technical support that has been offered up by OCZ has been fantastic and their lifetime warranty still carries on, which helps the company maintain themselves at the top of the performance memory ladder.
As always we are using our main review system for the memory tests, in addition to the machine are using the following drivers.
Benchmarks & Information
As i continually mention, the technical support is excellent with OCZ products thanks to a 1-800 number on the back and a number of active areas in forums designed to help do technical support of OCZ products. So what differences do we have with this memory compared to the last set of OCZ memory we reviewed? Well the change here is that the XTC heatspreaders are now platinum instead of gold, though you wouldn't know it from some of our photos. On the heatspreaders you get the stickers stating what type of memory it is etc, this is the only problem I have found with the memory, adding stickers over the spreaders means it is stopping them doing the full job they are supposed to do. The design of the heatspreaders on the OCZ memory is great, with just the right amount of gap at the top to allow heat to rise out into the case rather than stay around the memory itself.
Now onto the memory specifications:
As you can see, these are DDR500 modules that are rated to run at 3-3-3-8 timings with 2.8v. While 2.8v seems to be a bit high for DDR500, this may indicate to us that more voltage will be needed to get higher clock rates than the others. As with all memory tests here at ActiveWin, we start off with the well versed Memtest86, this allows us to make sure that the memory kit is running at the press advertised speeds and also to check for any faults before we start off the full tests. As expected, there was no problem what so ever.
Next up we have
a test to see how high we could manage to get the frequency. As always,
I fiddled with the timings a bit to see how we went but no matter what I
did the memory seemed to only respond to voltage increases to run faster.
I stopped at the moment the OCZ warrenty would end for most users.
Here are the rest of the benchmark tests
SiSoft Sandra Pro Int ALU Tests (Higher Is Better)
SiSoft Sandra Pro Float FPU Tests (Higher Is Better)
Half Life 2 Test (1024x768) - Higher Is Better)
The PC-4000 EL DDR Platinum XTC 2G Memory is once again great. There are so many modules around for DDR based motherboards that I find it easy to recommend the OCZ hardware quicker than most thanks the the great after service. The days of massive amounts of overclocking are generally gone especially as plenty of voltage is needed to maximize the memory. Gaming performance with this memory was excellent too, not just in the Half Life 2 test I ran for this review, but generally I noticed a difference.The memory comes with a life time warranty and offer a free phone number for any problems that you have with the memory. The memory as stated runs perfectly with the Athlon 64 System that we ran the review with.
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