Date: April 20th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: OCZ Technology
Shop for the OCZ 1GB PC4400 DDR550 Performance
Series Dual Channel Kit Here-->
ULN Technology: (U)ltra (L)ow (N)oise shielded PCB
Available 512MB and 1GB kits
Featuring OCZ HyperSpeed® technology for outrageous top end speeds
Optimized for High Speed applications on Intel i865/i875 chipsets
550MHz CL 3-4-4-8*
EVP®(Extended Voltage Protection) Technology allowing up to 2.9 volts
DDR while maintaining full warranty
184 Pin Dimm Unbuffered
OCZ Performance Series PC-4400 memory is specifically
designed for high frequency operation on Intel i865 and i875 chipset
based motherboards through OCZ’s HyperSpeed® technology. It is capable
of reaching outrageous speeds of up to 550MHz at CL 3-4-4-8. Because
these modules contain special PCB’s and firmware to allow the module
to run at the highest possible frequencies, timings lower than CL 3-4-4-8
may not be possible, regardless of the module frequency.
Every Dual Channel Kit from OCZ is hand tested as a matched
pair across a wide variety of motherboards to ensure flawless performance
on most motherboards.
Additionally, OCZ PC-4400 Performance Series memory features
OCZ EVP® Extended Voltage Protection, a feature allowing performance
enthusiasts to tweak their systems up to a VDIMM of 2.9V ± 5% without
invalidating their OCZ Lifetime Warranty!
PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PICTORIAL
With a pricepoint as low as US$335, OCZ's PC4400 offering
is over US$100 cheaper than Corsair PC4400 (Review: HERE)
alternative. Don't get me wrong, I personally love Corsair's memory,
but money talks and a price difference that high will definitely attract
customers if it even performs at par with its competition.
This particular sample came in the usual memory blister
packaging used by several manufacturers. Although it is cost effective,
it doesn't do a whole lot to protect the memory from shipping damage
so make sure your retailer packages it properly for delivery.
This 1GB kit comes with two 512meg dimms perfect to use
in your dual channel capable AMD or Intel system. Just as a side note,
AMD users do not need DDR550. Most AMD computers will not be able to
reach DDR550 without hitting the CPU's overclocking ceiling.
Each memory stick comes complete with its own attractive
OCZ stamped copper heatspreader. Copper heatspreaders compliment DDR550
perfectly due to the excessive amount of heat radiated from memory running
this fast at 2.8volts. At DDR550, the heatspreaders were very warm to
the touch but with proper case airflow you will have no problem with
Hey it has a lifetime warranty even if it fails at 2.9
volts. Consider it tweaker's insurance. =P