OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC DDR2 Memory Kit
The OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC DDR2 Memory Kit is yet another OCZ memory kit to feature their new XTC heatspreader. This new heatspreader design not only has a honeycomb design, but also does away with heatspreader clips. But whether that really helps in improving its cooling efficiency is still up for debate.
Unfortunately, this memory kit only has a capacity of 1GB. While that may be enough a year or two ago, it is really not enough if you are a serious gamer or computer user. With games like F.E.A.R. requiring loads of memory, 2GB is really the way to go these days. Even Photoshop users will appreciate the advantage of having two gigabytes of memory.
Its rated timings of 4-5-4-15 are not exactly inspiring either. We think it should have come with tighter timings, especially since these modules have an Enhanced Latency tag. Fortunately, if the need arises, these modules can still handle themselves well at tight timings.
Although it could not achieve its rated clock speed of 800MHz DDR at the tighter timings of 3-3-3-8, it still did well with a stable clock speed of 584MHz DDR. That's much higher than the 400MHz DDR that its memory chips were rated for at 3-3-3.
At its rated timings, we managed to rack up a final clock speed of 880MHz, which is 10% higher than its rated clock speed. However, we soon discovered that 880MHz was the absolute best the modules could do. Neither overvolting nor further loosening its timings would improve its overclockability.
In fact, overvolting was detrimental to its performance! No matter what timings these modules ran at, further overvolting them beyond 2.1V reduced their overclockability. These modules certainly do not enjoy being overvolted too much.
Although the 10% overclock we achieved with these modules may seem like nothing, the memory chips in these modules are actually being overclocked and overvolted far beyond what they were rated for. So, in retrospect, squeezing out an extra 10% is truly a bonus for these memory chips.
It's good to note that OCZ is backing up these memory modules with a lifetime warranty. No matter how overclocked or overvolted the memory chips in these memory modules are, you can be assured of a replacement from OCZ should anything untoward happen to the modules.
While this memory kit may not be quite suitable for those who need loads of memory, it's still worth checking out if you are in the market for PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM. The unique gold-plated XTC heatspreader with its honeycomb design certainly adds a touch of class to any case mod.
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|Review|| Comprehensive Review|
512 MB Module : OCZ2P800512
|Module Capacity|| 512 MB|
|Speed Grade|| PC2-6400|
|Rated Memory Clock|| 400 MHz|
|Maximum Transfer Rate|| 6.4 GB/s|
|Rated Timings|| 4-5-4-15|
|Supported CAS Latencies|| 3, 4, 5|
|Data Transfers Per Clock|| 2|
|I/O Voltage|| 2.1 - 2.20 Volts|
|Module Interface|| 240 pins|
|Module Power Dissipation|| NA|
|Module Refresh Rate|| NA|
|Chip Capacity|| 512 Mbits|
|Chip Configuration|| NA|
|Chip Speed Grade|| DDR2-667 (5-5-5)
|Chip Rated Timings||
5-5-5 @ 667MHz DDR
|Chip Rated Voltage|| 1.7 - 1.9 V|
|Chip Power Dissipation|| 1 Watt|
|Chip Refresh Rate|| 7.8 µs|
|Chip Package|| 60-ball FBGA|
|Operating Temperature|| 0 °C to +95 °C|
|Heatspreader|| Gold-plated XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders|
|Warranty|| Lifetime Warranty|
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