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Thursday, 12 June 2008 12:28

OCZ 8GB of memory put through its paces

Written by Sanjin Rados


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Review: A good performance/price ratio

 

Memory is one of the key parts to any setup and it's quite important if you want that top-notch performance. Not enough – and our system slows to a crawl; but what if you have too much? Well, modern computers taught us never to say too much, and we tend to often whine about something that runs too slowly, it's not powerful enough, etc. 64bit OS users will be glad to hear that OCZ is offering a memory kit that packs no less than 8GB of fast and quality memory.  We had a chance to try it out for ourselves, and today we’ll show you how it did. We usually experience problems when using 4 memory modules, but OCZ’s memory worked nicely and even made overclocking a breeze.

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Our testing quad kit called “OCZ2P8008GQ” is made up of four memory modules, packing 2GB each, and they’re pre-tested and wrapped in an attractive little cardboard box. OCZ used the existing plastic wrap for dual-channel memory and there are two in this box, simply called OCZ x 4.

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The memory’s full name is OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 / 800 MHz / Platinum Edition / 8GB Quad Kit (4x2GB). It runs at 800MHz, but it has some nice timings for a memory of this capacity; 5-4-4-18. We tested it at 2.0V, which is less than the specified 2.1V. OCZ allows EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) up to 2.2V, but we didn’t need the higher voltages during our overclocking sessions. We easily increased the clocks to 1040MHz and 5-5-5-18 timings, using just 2.1V. We didn’t play with overclocking but higher voltages could probably squeeze some more juice out of OCZ’s performance memory modules. We wanted to see whether the memory modules run stable, but didn’t have to since OCZ tested these for us (hand tested).

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8GB quad kit modules feature well-known Platinum Mirrored XTC Heatspreaders that’ll help in cooling this memory down when it’s overclocked.

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We had enough Legos to make a big letter Z, and you all know what it means.

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