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Date: September 27th, 2003.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: OCZ Technologies
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CORPORATE PROFILE



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



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....

 

 


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