by Rob Williams on October 13, 2006 in Memory
OCZ has been having a killer year so far, and they don’t seem to be planning on slowing down. They recently announced their highest rated memory, the PC2-9000 DFI Special Edition. Does it deliver?
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:
For comparison, a Kingston HyperX PC2-8000 2GB kit was also tested.
First up, we have Sandra. As I expected, the results are quite close to each other… especially with the top overclock. Our overclock of PC2-8800 with 4-4-4 timings proved faster than stock speed though, and only required 0.1v extra on the ram.
Before taking our unbuffered settings too seriously, you should take a look at our specific settings as they differ from how most do it.
The results are tight once again, but the top overclock is where the DFI Special took heed. Our “best” over[under]clock was a tossup though.
With our Everest tests, we start to see things shaken up a bit. Ok, I’m joking. The results are incredibly congruent all the way between each kit. It’s expected, but not a bad thing.
Latencies were a different story though, with slightly larger differentials. Stock speed was near identical, but our best clock proved 1.1s better in OCZs favor.
Let’s finish up with Sciencemark and Super Pi!