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OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel Enhanced Bandwidth Edition

OCZ Company, that deserves the title of one of the leading overclocker memory makers, also couldn’t pass on the opportunity to offer their DDR3-1600 SDRAM. Therefore, no wonder that OCZ is currently offering a few types of DDr3 SDRAM on Micron chips. We were lucky to get our hands on one of the most advanced OCZ memory kit – the PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition.

This kit consists of two 1GB modules designed to operate at 1600MHz with more aggressive timings than Super Talent W1600UX2G7 has to offer. The OCZ modules support 7-6-6-20 default timings. Although their nominal voltage is also higher and is set at 1.9V.

OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition ships in a standard package: the modules sit in a traditional plastic box.

One of the principal differences between OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition and the above discussed Super Talent kit catches your eye immediately: OCZ decided not to save on heat-spreaders and installed them on both sides of each module. Despite this fact, the memory chips on OCZ DDR3-1600 DIMMs are still only on one side of the PCB. The heat-spreaders are also quite interesting, as these are brand name meshed copper plates made with XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) technology that boast very good cooling efficiency. The heat-spreaders have platinum-color sputter and are decorated with a stylized Z3 logo.

There is a sticker with the product part number, frequency, capacity and nominal timings on o0ne side of each module. It was funny to discover that the info on the stickers of the kit we received was actually different from the actual OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition specification on the official company web-site.

Basing on the official data from the site we would like to sum up all the technical specs of this solution in a table below:

 

OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition

Capacity

2 modules 1GB each

Frequency

1600 MHz

Timings

7-6-6-20

Voltage

1.9 V

Chips

Micron Z9

Cooling system

Copper meshed XTC heat-spreaders on both sides of the DIMM

Note that OCZ also promises that their modules are safely operational at higher voltage of 1.95V, too, although this setting is 30% higher than the nominal voltage spec for the chips used.

OCZ stresses that their DDR3-1600 SDRAM modules are optimized for Asus mainboards where they go through pre-production testing.

SPD of OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition is quite standard. Everything here indicates that the modules are compatible and operational in any mainboard without additional voltage increase necessary.

The practical tests aimed at finding the maximum frequencies and different timing settings for these memory modules to remain stable bore the following results:

The frequencies on the chart above were obtained with the specified voltage of 1.9V. I have to point out here that OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition showed better results than Super Talent W1600UX2G7 with any timings. So, with the timings set at 7-7-7-18, OCZ kit remained stable at frequencies up to 1704MHz, and by lowering the timings to less aggressive 8-8-8-21 we could get it to run at 1808MHz. At the default 1600MHz frequency OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition can work not only with 7-6-6-20 timings but also with more aggressive 7-6-5-18 timings.

Raising the voltage will improve the overclocking potential of OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition even more: this is a typical feature of the Micron chips. So, with the voltage set at 2.1V this memory kit remained stable and functional at 1752MHz with 7-7-7-18 timings.

This way, OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum Dual Channel EB Edition shows generally better results than Super Talent W1600UX2G7. However, it has its inevitable effect on the pricing. The price difference between these two memory kits with similar characteristics is about 15%, which results into a pretty significant sum of money considering high DDr3 SDRAM prices these days.

 
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