Leading Memory Makers Concentrate on Low Latencies

OCZ Technology, Corsair "Re-Invent" Memory Modules with Aggressive Timings

by Anton Shilov
05/26/2004 | 11:16 PM

Two leading memory module manufacturers – Corsair Memory and OCZ Technology – Wednesday unveiled memory modules that do not fit into the usual conception of rising memory clock-speeds for overclockers, but aim at applications that are designed to working at the maximum efficiency without overclocking.


Both memory module producers unveiled new flavours of PC3200 memory modules with extremely low latencies to achieve the maximum effective bandwidth out of memory that functions at 400MHz in single-channel or dual-channel mode. Corsair’s PC3200 XL family of memory modules yield stable operation with CL2 2-2-5 settings, while OCZ’s new PC3200 Platinum are rated to function at CL2 2-2-8 settings.

“The trend has been to move to higher frequencies at the expense of latencies,” said Dr. Michael Schuette, director of technology development at OCZ Technology.

“However, given the fact that in most architectures the host bus cannot handle the memory bandwidth, we need to refocus on what the real needs are. Seamless data flow can only be achieved in a low latency environment,” Mr. Schuette explained.

While the commitment to lowest memory timings possible is a generally positive idea, both companies already had some modules with minimal latencies in their product lineups. OCZ’s Platinum Edition PC3200 memory modules that have been available for some time now are rated to function at CL2 2-2-7, while Corsair’s LL family of products unveiled more than a year ago was designed to run at CL2 2-2-5 settings.

Both companies plan to supply their new 256MB and 512MB memory modules in matched pairs as well as separately. Corsair’s XL product family also includes SKUs with LEDs. The units with tweaked settings are to be available at a later date. Pricing may vary.