by Rob Williams on July 14, 2006 in Memory
The highly anticipated return of Voltage Extreme memory from OCZ is finally here. The latest revision rolls in with DDR2-1000 speeds and a very tight 4-4-4-15 timing set. They are not called Voltage Extreme for nothing though. Let’s see how far these can be pushed..
Throughout all of our benchmarks regardless of what we are reviewing, testing is done in a clean and stand-alone version of Windows XP Professional with SP2. Prior to testing, these conditions are met:
- Desktop and scrap files are cleaned up, including emptying of recycle bin.
- No virus scanner or firewall is installed in the stand-alone installation.
- The stand-alone installation drive is completely defragged using Diskeeper 10 Pro Premier.
- All unnecessary programs are closed, so that Windows should have no more than 15 active processes running.
- Computer has proper airflow.
If you are interested in using the same benchmarks as us, feel free to visit the developers website:
The testing rig used for today’s benchmarking is as follows:
The first benchmarking tool from the toolbox is Everest 3.0. The memory results from this new version are the same you will see from 2.8, but anything earlier than this will be different.
The results are exactly as I had expected, especially for my systems ‘optimum’ setting of 280FSB, 3.92GHz. At that setting, the modules performed better than anything else I had on hand. Not huge differences, but they are there. If my CPU was able to handle anything beyond 280FSB, the results would be nothing short of amazing.
The same goes for Sandra. The results are not amazingly better than equivalent modules I have used, but they have inched past in some of the tests.