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Review OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 2x1Gb Platinum XTC
The 2005 was characterized by the switching from AGP motherboards to Pci-E motherboards. The 2006 will be the 2x1GB kits DDR2 year, for who makes the PC not only a typewriter! Those guys who likes to play to the latest games like Battlefield 2, Half Life 2, Doom 3, Fear and so on will need more and more amount of memories, and often 1024MB of DDR won’t be enough! Same stuff for who works with high-level CAD drawing or who works on pictures or movies!
We don’t have to forget that in less than a year the new O.S. Microsoft VISTA will be in our homes, and we know that he’s going to eat our 1GB kit of memories!!!
Last but not least we have to remind that even AMD is out with it’s new DDR2-ready platforms. Then the new Intel CPUs single core (6x1 series), dual cores (8x0 and 9x0 series) and the coming Conroe and Yonah CPUs will be running on the new 975x chipset that’s obligates us to mount DDR2 memories.
The memories we're going to analyse are the OCZ DDR2 2x1024 Mb PC2-8000 Platinum XTC Dual Channel
Here there is the specs:
512MB and 1GB module
Platinum Layered XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection)
240 Pin DIMM
We can consider this memories as High-end ones, the one in the 2gb kits field that goes from 400€ to 500€.
The PCB is a classic Brain-power one with 6 ULNs, now used by most of the high-end memories brands. While the chips mounted should be the Micron D9 since they react pretty fine in overclocking tests.
This kit is guaranteed by OCZ at 500MHz (1000 MHz DDR2) with at the first sight relaxed timings, but as we'll see this kit is able to break the 1000MHz wall with tigher timings!
OCZ offers another option: the EVP protection (Extended Voltage Protection), which let us to use our memories raising the voltage without invalidating the warranty (2.2V +/- 5%).
This kit mount the latest heatspreader by OCZ, the XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection)! This new heatspreader increase the air flow on the chips with the new honeycomb design.
These memories seems to offer high performances, they seems to be very good for best video-gamers who doesn’t want to lose not even a single frame, or for the benchmarks lovers, always looking for more and more frames in the 3Dmark, or looking to lower their S-pi time!
Intel P4 631 cooled by Zalman 7000-b Cu
Asus P5WD2-E premium 975X bios 302
OCZ DDR2 2x1024 Mb PC2-8000 Platinum XTC Dual Channel
OCZ 520 Powerstream
S.O. Windows 2003 server
Software used: Super-pi 1.4 Mod.
All the tests where made with two different voltage tensions:
=> 2.25v: to simulate the daily-use
=> 2.40v: to simulate the benchmark test, and to analyse the behaviour of this memories with the gain of volts.
For the Super-Pi tests were made two of them: 1MB to find the last MHz, and 32MB.
Looking at the Timings that we can change (generally from the Advanced Chipset Features menu in the motherboards bios), just four of them are the ones more used:
· CAS Latency (Tcl): refers to the length of time, in clock cycles, it takes for a request sent from the memory controller to read a memory location and send it to the module's output pins. Lower values means higher performance. Obviously a Cas 3 implies different performance if the memory works at 166MHz or 200MHz!
· RAS to CAS Delay (Trcd): the dates in the memories moduleds are disposed and read in raw and column, starting from the firsts lines and then from the columns. The TRCD means the delay in clock cycles between the RAS signal and the CAS one. Lower values means higher performances.
· RAS Pre-charge Time (Trp): this value refers to the length of time, in clock cycles, between a RAS command the the next one. In this length of time the condensators of the memories are pre-charged. This operation is indispensable for the DRAM characteristic we told before. Obviously lower values means higher performances.
· Cycle Time (Tras): refers to the length of time, in clock cycles, it takes to capture the date from the memory and making it avaible for the output. Lower values means higher performance.
The timings were set up by bios are in this order:
This CPU has the multiplier locked, so we had to works in a-synchronised mode to test the stability at high frequencies: we used the 4/5, 3/5, 2/3 and ½ divisors
As we could see with the varoius tests we made, this memories react very good with the voltage increasing, with an FSB gain that goes from 5% to 10% both in the s-Pi 1M and the s-Pi 32M.
We didn't relax the timings anymore because over 562MHz (1124MHz DDR2) we couldn't even enter in Windows, clearly we found the phisic limit of this kit. But as you can see this memories respect the OCZ specs but with a lot more tigh timings!
The strength of this kit it’s the awesome performance, the lifetime warranty and the wonderful heat-spreader that with 2.40v allowed to maintain low the chip’s temperatures. The price il aligned with the other high-end DDR2 kit.
We gave them the overall score of 5 over 5! The best memory kit we've tried till now!
Thanks OCZ technologies for this kit!
By Andrea De Angeli & Marco Dominici, AMDclockers STAFF