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OCZ Technology said Thursday it would supply the first commercial batch of the company’s DDR2 memory rated for 1GHz operation in 10 days, less than two weeks after the announcement on Wednesday.

“The first OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency modules will be available within the next 10 days. Retail pricing is currently $299 per kit,” said Alex Mei, OCZ’s VP of Marketing & Communications.

OCZ’s PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency series are guaranteed to function at 1000MHz with CL5 5-5-15 timings with 2.1V voltage, a substantial increase over default 1.8V voltage setting for DDR2 SDRAM. The modules are to be available in 1GB dual-channel optimized kits. OCZ allows to increase the voltage towards 2.2V levels without voiding lifetime warranty.

The company’s previous highest speed products that were announced just about a week ago are OCZ’s PC2-6400 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum series that are guaranteed to function at 800MHz with CL4 3-3-8 timings with 2.1V voltage.

While high-speed DDR2 memory modules at 800MHz – 1000MHz can deliver astonishing results in synthetic benchmarks, due to high latencies it remains to be seen how CL5 timings affect performance in real-world applications. For example, the first generation of DDR2 memory at 533MHz used to demonstrate performance similar to that provided by DDR SDRAM at 400MHz due to far more aggressive latency settings of the latter in spite of tangibly increased clock-speed of the former. DDR2 SDRAM modules at about 667MHz with shrunk latencies may end up as serious competitors to higher speed devices with increased timings. OCZ’s PC2-6400 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum series are likely to fill the gap between aggressive latency low-speed modules and relaxed latency high-speed modules and offer leading performance in actual demanding applications. The destiny of OCZ’s PC2-8000 products remains to be seen.


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