by Rob Williams on October 13, 2006 in Miscellaneous
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?
Here we have a few different benchmarks, my favorite being Sciencemark. It’s a superb program because it gives you plenty of detail regarding performance. Far more information than I ever care to know, but that’s a great thing in most regards. This officially ends us using PC Mark as a memory benchmark though. The results vary -so- much in between settings, it’s just not realistic. Especially at our 550MHz setting!
That aside, looking at Stock again, the two kits were near identical.
Lastly, we have some Pi eating action. Is anybody going to disagree that this was a close race? I mean, really. Thanks to my junk CPU, we could not break 30s, but came relatively close.
I have to admit, this was a difficult memory review to feel great about. The first problem is that my CPU is really getting to the point of being useless since it cannot push memory beyond PC2-9000 speeds. I will work on getting a better CPU. That aside, this is some fantastic memory, there is not a single doubt about that. However, I cannot give an appropriate “guess” on what the max overclock would be since my CPU held me back. However, if it’s anything like the original PC2-8000 VX2 that Tony Leach had a part in, 600MHz (PC2-9600) should be no problem at all. The 7200EPP has similar results.
That said, it’s hard to go wrong with -any- high-end OCZ kit. I haven’t run across any I disliked. Even their Gold PC2-8800 kicks some serious ass. In the end, of course I recommend this memory, because it has serious overclocking potential that won’t let you down.
Good luck finding it in stock, because it’s not for sale anywhere. This is not OCZ’s fault, but rather due to an issue with Micron. Wondering why DDR2 prices are going up? It’s because there is huge demand for Micron D9, and it’s just not there. I don’t want to speculate on why, because I truly have no idea. Due to this though, retail copies of this memory are to be released once those chips become available. Nobody knows when that will be.
So, if you want to buy these modules and don’t want to wait, pick up the PC2-8000 VX2, which I found to be some of the best memory I’ve used this year. Or, for a more affordable overclocking experience that still allows you to reach super high heights, the 7200 EPP is a fantastic choice, at around $330.
I do not have pricing information on these specific modules either, but assuming they will be priced similarly to the original VX2s that were released a few months ago, I am awarding the DFI Special a 9 out of 10. If you can find them in stock.. grab them and gloat in the fact you have one of the few available.
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