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OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum: Closer Look

Welcome our today’s main hero: OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum memory modules for overclockers.

The set includes two identical memory modules, each of 512MB capacity. The manufacturer claims that these modules have been designed specifically for Athlon 64 platforms with the dual-channel memory controller and go through all the preliminary testing in these particular systems.

OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum look very attractive. The modules are covered with copper heat-spreaders with platinum-colored sputtering polished to a mirror-shine. Each module is decorated with the raised company logo. In fact, there are a few disadvantages of this exterior design: the shiny mirror surface of the module heat-spreaders gets stained very quickly, so numerous fingerprints may somewhat spoil the impression made by the luxurious exterior.

Under the heat-spreaders you will find double-side 16-chip modules built with the popular Samsung TCCD chips. These modules do not support ECC as they are positioned as solutions for computer enthusiasts.

The memory modules built from Samsung TCCD chip work at 600MHz frequency, because the chips for OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum are carefully pre-selected to ensure that this frequency is supported and stable functioning is guaranteed. The manufacturer tests all chips used in the production process for their ability to work stably and reliably at 600MHz with the timings set to 2.5-4-4-10 and 2T Command Rate.

The official specification of the OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum memory modules looks as follows:

  • Frequency: 600MHz DDR;
  • Nominal timings: 2.5-4-4-10;
  • Nominal voltage: 2.85V;
  • The set includes two 184-pin unbuffered DDR SDRAM modules, 512MB each, without ECC support;
  • Modules are equipped with copper heat-spreaders with mirror-platinum surface;
  • The modules are provided with life warranty.

I would like to stress specifically that the reviewed memory modules boast two remarkable technologies. One of them is ULN2 (Ultra Low Noise). It implies that the modules are built on special PCB boasting minimized EMI. The second technology is EVP (Extended Voltage Protection), which ensures that the memory modules can be used safely with the voltage increased up to 3V.

The information we get from the memory modules’ SPD is slightly different from what the official specification claims:

As we see, SPD shows less aggressive timings for 300MHz frequency than those claimed in the specification. It could be done in order to improve the compatibility of the OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum memory modules with different mainboards. However, you should keep in mind that you will have to adjust the timings manually if you want to achieve the highest performance. If you leave all the settings at their default values the memory modules will run somewhat slower than they actually could.

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