OCZ Technology, a maker of advanced memory modules, this week said its new memory sticks rated to work at 800MHz would employ the recently introduced honeycomb-like cooling systems. The new products are developed for enthusiasts and overclockers who push their computers to the very limits.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC memory modules are certified to work at 800MHz with CL4 5-4-15 latency settings and 2.1V voltage. OCZ guarantees that memory voltage can be increased to 2.2V without losing the warranty, which means that the product is likely to have some additional overclocking potential, as increasing voltage typically allows to boost clock-speed as well.
The honeycomb-like XTC (extreme thermal convection) heat-spreader seems to be made of aluminum, which dissipates heat rather quickly. Additionally, OCZ claims that honey-comb like design has higher surface area than conventional solid heat-spreaders, while the perforations allow convection to even more effectively reduce heat. The company did not unveil how much more efficient XTC is compared to typical heat-spreaders. The size of the perforations, height and thickness of the heat-spreader should be very well balanced for efficient performance, it looks like, which means that OCZ has spend some time finding the best configuration.
“By employing XTC heatspreaders on our new Platinum modules we are able to deliver a superior product for enthusiasts looking for the ultimate overclocking solution,” said Alex Mei, vice president of marketing, OCZ Technology.
However, the new PC2-6400 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC modules do not offer higher performance compared to the previously unveiled OCZ PC2-6400 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum products that boast with more agressive CL4 3-3-8 timings.
Memory modules rated to operate at speeds beyond 667MHz are designed primarily for overclockers, as modern chipsets, such as Intel Corp.’s 945-series, 955X and 975X core-logic sets, do not officially support memory frequencies beyond 667MHz.
The new products are available as 512MB modules and 1GB dual-channel kits.