Lots of memory manufacturers have tried their hand at custom heat spreaders, but most don’t usually make much of a noticeable difference. Being the innovators that OCZ are, they have delivered a very unique new spreader, that incorporates a honeycomb design to aide with better heat transfer. We are taking a look at their Gold GX PC3200 1GB kit.
I will use the usual collection of benchmarks today. For synthetic tests, I am using Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate and SiSoftware SANDRA 2005. For gaming tests, we will use the tried, tested and true Half-Life 2, as well as the recently released Quake IV.
I will be comparing the PC3200 XTC modules to the Crucial Ballistix PC4000 1GB and Corsair PC4000 Platinum 2GB. In the graphs, results listed as 0 means that tests have not been done at those timings or speeds.
The synthetic benchmarks were run with all unnecessary services shut down, including McAfee. These few benchmarks were done using all eight stable settings from 200 – 240 with a 1:1 divider. In addition, the 240* was tested using a 3:4 divider with the CPU at 2.88GHz. The stock EVEREST Read is amazing to me, at 5607MB/s. That immediately showed me that these modules had great potential. I didn’t exactly expect these modules to get so close to 7000MB/s, but they did at 240HTT, and at 2-2-2!