Date: September 27th, 2003.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: OCZ Technologies
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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
In today's enthusiast community, premium memory is not only
supposed to perform at it's rated specification, but beyond. For example,
most companies marketing their PC3200 (DDR400) memory are touting that
it will perform and overclock to the PC3500 (DDR433) or PC3700 (DDR466)
specification. Why is that? For one, it's due to the the higher quality
components and another is remarking higher speed ram DIMMs to a lower
speed. If you remark some PC3500 memory to PC3200, people will be amazed
how well it will overclock even though it was actually MEANT to run at
that speed. Trust me, it's a marketing ploy that is run by all memory
manufacturers. You can ask a higher price for "premium" PC3200
than you can for normal PC3500 DDR.
Today I will be reviewing a 512meg Dual Channel DDR kit
from OCZ. Not only is it touted to be good memory, but is able to handle
a good overclock as well. To test the memory, I will be benchmarking it
against the grand daddy of premium memory, the Corsair
TWINX PC3200 Dual channel Memory Kit. Not only has Corsair's memory
been tested to be an amazing overclocker when coupled with a 2.4C Intel
P4, but also with great stability.
Let's see how the OCZ equivalent will hold it's ground....