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Date: April 20th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: OCZ Technology

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CORPORATE PROFILE (From OCZ)



Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and our commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas. We were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia's Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. We have now taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset's. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in our manufacturing process for some time. We at OCZ diligently work to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can we fine-tune our memory's SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today’s rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of our manufacturing process.

 

PRODUCT INTRODUCTION



The sweet science of computer overclocking is a combination of two equal, yet important factors. The first is the ability to manipulate increased performance with little or no cost to the user. The second is the danger element to add some spice to the experience. Although in most cases physical danger is something you shouldn't worry about, the actual danger is to the life of your components.


Pushing your components faster than they are rated (AKA overclocking) will contribute to an overall system performance increase, but, if done improperly or excessively will force your components to fail altogether. As I have said time and time again, educate yourself on overclocking and don't just start manipulating BIOS settings aimlessly, render your system useless, then run to your favorite forum to bitch and moan on how bad your system's components are. It's not their fault you don't know what the hell you are doing. ;)


Today I will be reviewing a product from OCZ that is meant, built and engineered for the overclocker. As anyone with a recent Intel Springdale/Canterwood based system will know, the key to overclocking the Intel Pentium 4C is fast and capable memory. With a locked multiplier, the Front Side Bus is the only way you are going to advance the speed of the processor.


The PC4400 memory specification is created for one and one reason only, to overclock your Pentium 4 without having to use your memory dividers. When you keep your memory at its' stock 1:1 divider, you will be starting your overclocking from DDR400. When you use the 5:4 divider, you will start from DDR320 and last but not least the 3:2 divider will have you starting your overclocking at a measly DDR266. The dividers allow you to overclock your CPU without hitting the rated ceiling of the ram.


At PC4400, there isn't much of a ceiling.....

 

 


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