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by Rob Williams on August 17, 2005 in Memory

OCZ has recently released some new memory geared for gamers. The memory comes clocked at DDR433 speeds, with tight 2-2-2-5 timings.. at a respectable 2.8v. We are going to see just how great this memory is, and how well it overclocks. So let’s get to it.

Closer Look


The modules come in a tightly closed blister pack to protect them. It’s a simple package design, but I prefer it much more than modules that arrive in an anti-static bag. Just pulling the top of the package apart will allow you to grab the memory. As with most OCZ performance memory, these ones come with pure gold color heat spreaders, hence the Gold in the name.

After taking the modules out of the package, I was careful to not touch the spreaders and leave fingerprints. They are so clean and clear out of the package, I didn’t want to make them look dull right off the bat. Because this is a Copper heat spreader, I felt the weight difference immediately. With the high quality of the spreaders, it adds a lot to the product. These are the first OCZ modules I’ve used in a while, and just holding them, I’m impressed.

There are a couple additions to this memory that makes them special. OCZ offers a Lifetime Warranty on all their modules, which can leave you with a peace of mind. Also included in the warranty is EVP, extra voltage protection. They allow you to use up to 3.1 ± 5% on the modules without voiding your warranty. This goes to show how confident they are with their memory.. good stuff. Lastly, they use special techniques on the PCB to lower the electrical noise (ULN, Ultra Low Noise), to aide with the performance and stability of the modules.

Now that we have all that taken care of, now’s the fun part. Here is the system that the modules are being tested in.

Processor
AMD 64 3200+ S939 Venice @ 2.00GHz
Motherboard
DFI LanParty NF4 UT Ultra-D
BIOS is Official June 23, 2005
Power Supply
Ultra X-Finity 600W
Memory
Hard Disks
200GB * 2 Western Digital 8MB Cache
160GB Western Digital 8MB Cache
Sound Card
Video Card
BFG 6800 GT OC 256MB
Official 77.72
Etcetera
Windows XP Professional with SP2


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