OCZ PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme Dual Channel DDR Memory Kit
The OCZ PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme Dual Channel Memory Kit was a real joy to play with. We were totally amazed when we overclocked it. Even with the rated voltage of 3.2V, it kept going higher and higher.
It was a remarkable feat for these DDR400 modules to achieve DDR500 speeds at their stock voltage of 3.2V. This greatly reflects the speed binning that OCZ did to obtain such amazing performance. It appears that even Winbond UTT memory chips can perform as well as the famous BH-5 chips.
At the end of the day, we managed to overclock them to 260MHz or 520MHz DDR. That enabled the modules to produce read and write results that were over 30% faster than at stock speed. Now, that's a performance boost worthy of an exclamation mark!
We are now running these modules at DDR500 speeds with timing of 2-2-2-5 at just 3.3V. That's simply astounding performance from these memory modules, which are rated to run at only DDR400 and even then at slightly looser timings of 2-2-2-8 at 3.2V.
Backed by OCZ's lifetime warranty which covers these modules up to 3.5V, these modules are clearly targeted at the overclocking enthusiast who wants to squeeze out as much performance as they can out of their memory modules. They can have loads of fun playing with the voltage, the timings and the clock speed to find the sweet spot for their system.
Surprisingly, the heatspreaders were barely warm to touch, even at 3.5V. Although I had good airflow across the modules, we expected them to be quite a bit warmer. We checked the contact between the heatspreaders and the memory chips and they appeared to be good. Otherwise, we would have suspected there was poor contact between the heatspreaders and the memory chips.
With all that in mind, we are proud to bestow upon the OCZ PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme Dual-Channel Memory Kit our Editor's Choice Award! Congratulations, OCZ!
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|Review|| Comprehensive Review|
512 MB Module : OCZ400512ELGEVX
|Module Capacity|| 512 MB|
|SDRAM Speed Grade|| PC-3200|
|Rated Memory Clock|| 200 MHz|
|Maximum Transfer Rate|| 3.2 GB/s|
|Rated Timings|| 2-3-3-8 @ 2.6 V
2-2-2-8 @ 3.2 V
|Supported CAS Latencies|| 2.0, 2.5, 3.0|
|Data Transfers Per Clock|| 2|
|I/O Voltage|| 2.6 - 3.5 Volts|
|DIMM Interface|| 184 pins|
|Chip Capacity|| 256 Mbit|
|Chip Density|| 4 M x 4 banks x 16 bits|
|Chip Speed Grade|| 5.0 ns|
|Power Dissipation|| NA|
|Refresh Rate|| NA|
|Operating Temperature|| NA|
|Heatspreader|| Gold Mirrored Copper Heatspreaders|
Optimized for Athlon 64 based motherboards
|Warranty|| Lifetime Warranty|
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