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OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency Dual Channel

These modules from OCZ are proudly described by the manufacturer as “the fastest DDR2 memory available today”. We’ll see during our tests if this claim is true, but the modules do look impressive.

This memory kit also consists of two 512MB modules which are equipped with platinum-sputtered copper heat-spreaders, polished to a mirror shine. An embossed logotype of the manufacturer is glued to each module. The mirror-like surface looks cool, but you should be aware that it can quickly get dirty under your fingers.

OCZ claims these modules support 1000MHz frequency at 5-5-5-15 latencies. In other words, this memory evidently aims at conquering high frequencies rather than at keeping the timings low.

Here’s the official specification of the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency Dual Channel kit:

  • Frequency: 1000MHz DDR
  • Default timings: 5-5-5-15
  • Structure: eight 64M DDR2 chips
  • Voltage: 2.1V
  • The kit includes two 240-pin unbuffered DDR2 SDRAM modules, 512MB each, without ECC
  • The modules are equipped with copper heatsinks with a mirror platinum surface
  • The modules come with a lifetime warranty

So, the specification of this memory kit differs from the competing products in declaring a higher operational frequency but worse timings. The voltage is supposed to be set to 2.1V, like with the Corsair memory, and this may affect the compatibility of this kit (in terms of achieving the specified characteristics) with mainboards that don’t offer much flexibility in controlling the voltage on the DIMM slots.

The OCZ kit features two exclusive technologies: Enhanced Latency (EL) DDR means a special design for stable operation at low latencies and Extended Voltage Protection allows safely using the modules at a voltage below 2.2V without losing the manufacturer’s warranty.

Here’s the SPD information for these modules:

As you see, the OCZ engineers just copied the information from the specification into the modules’ SPD and it may actually get you into trouble. Not all mainboards can correctly interpret the 1000MHz frequency which is written into the SPD unit of these modules. For example, we had problems trying to launch our ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe mainboard, based on NVIDIA’s nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, with the OCZ sticks plugged in. The mainboard would only launch with these modules after you have manually selected the necessary frequency and timings of the memory. And it means you need another pair of DIMM modules to launch the mainboard and adjust the settings accordingly.

As for the practical qualities of the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency Dual Channel kit, they proved to be much alike to those of Corsair’s TWIN2X1024A-5400UL. Modules from both kits are actually based on chips from Micron and behave similarly in practice.

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