Although DDR3 is still fresh to the computing industry, there are surprisingly many different kits available right now. For our first DDR3 review, we are taking a fresh look at one of the first kits made available back in May, OCZ’s DDR3-1333 CL7.
Like SiSoftware, Canuck company Lavalys also recently released an updated version of their benchmark, Everest 4.0. Again, we have not used the latest version up until now, but will start with this review and continue using it in future reviews.
Sandra and Everest don’t completely agree with our top two settings. While Sandra boasted major gains in between each one of the different settings, Everest shows minimal improvement when moving from stock speed up to our top overclock. Write speeds were better with that setting only because the FSB was increased to 375 in order to reach that memory frequency.
Both tools disagree on the latency issue as well. There is a rather significant difference between DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333, but DDR3-1500 showed only a 1ns difference, thanks to the loose 8-8-8 timings.
Although I am not a huge DDR3 buff, yet, I had quite a bit of fun pushing these modules to their limit. They didn’t hit major overclocks as some kits have, but it’s not that surprising since this was a pre-production kit. As such, kits you purchase today should perform better overall, in way of overclocking. This is easily proven when looking at the even faster models on the market, such as OCZ’s own DDR3-1800 kit and Super Talent’s DDR3-1866.
The amazing thing is that such speeds come just months after DDR3s launch. DDR2 was around for quite a while before we started to see extraordinarily clocked kits for sale, so DDR3 is really off to a head start. At this point, it’s really not that foolish to picture a DDR3-2500 kit in the near future, or even higher. Truly insane bandwidth capabilities there.
We normally give a product an overall rating at the end of each review, but at this point in time, I have no desire to haul out a rating of any sort for DDR3, simply because it’s too difficult. There are too many factors that come into play, such as overall speed, price and so forth. It’s also made even more difficult since this is the first DDR3 we’ve taken a look at. So rather, I will leave you to decide for yourself.
I mentioned earlier that I don’t find DDR3 to be that important right now, but if you want to latest and greatest, all the power to you. As far as DDR3 goes, you will not be disappointed by this kit at all. Kudos to OCZ for being one of the first memory companies to push DDR3 out of the door, and a swift kick to my rear for taking so long to review it.
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