OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum Enhanced Bandwidth Edition
OCZ solutions are extremely popular among overclockers. And there are very good reasons for that: the memory modules from this maker often boast better specifications that the other manufacturers’ solutions.
The 4GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM kit participating in our today’s test session is an indisputable bearer of this good tradition. It belongs to the Enhanced Bandwidth Edition series, which indicates that it supports exceptional timings. OCZ memory modules offered even more aggressive parameters than Mushkin kit: their default timings are 7-6-6-18. However, the remarkable parameters of OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum EB are the reason why this kit costs so much: it is more expensive than the alternatives from other makers. Nevertheless, this memory is not the most pricy solution: Corsair kits hold the lead here.
OCZ Company used meshed copper heat-spreaders for their modules. According to the company engineers, this shape provides better air convection and hence improves cooling. It is pretty hard to check how true this actually is, but one thing is undeniable: the modules have very attractive flashy exterior, as their heat-spreaders are polished to mirror-shine.
The nominal specifications of OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum EB modules look just as good as the modules themselves:
- 2 DDR3 SDRAM modules, 2GB each;
- Frequency: 1600MHz;
- CAS Latency – 7, timings configuration: 7-6-6-18;
- Voltage: 1.9V.
Just like Mushkin, OCZ had to increase the memory voltage to 1.9V in order to ensure more aggressive timings support. But it will hardly upset real computer enthusiasts. OCZ specifically stressed that their OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum EB modules could be used freely at up to 1.95V voltage setting.
Unfortunately, these memory modules are shipped with unfinished SPD that contains no XMP profiles, which have become an unannounced standard for overclocker DDR3 SDRAM. However, there are quite a few configurations available ensuring maximum compatibility.
In order to get these modules working at 1600MHz frequency in the nominal mode, the user will still have to go through manual configuring in the BIOS Setup.
In conclusion to our introduction of OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum EB I would only like to add that the best official specifications do not always mean the best practical performance. These memory modules yielded to their competitors in a few benchmarks. However, it would be unfair to overlook the fact that OCZ memory kit demonstrated the absolute best results during frequency overclocking among all other today’s testing participants.