Date: December 5th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: OCZ <--SHOP FOR PC3500 DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY KIT HERE
OCZ 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.
In the past year we haven't seen a whole lot develop in the memory market other than Intel's DDR2 release when the Alderwood chipset was releases with the new LGA775 platform. Intel chose to remove any possible memory bottlenecks in upcoming chipsets but AMD stood their ground claiming that DDR memory was still completely sufficient for some time to come. Because of this development, DDR2 sales have been coming up short and DDR memory sales might have lost a lot of influence from Intel, but the increasing AMD sales numbers have more than taken up the slack.
Seeing this is going to continue for a while, there are many new DDR memory kits coming onto the market fighting for your upgrade dollar. Some are claiming lower latencies and higher speeds, some are claiming better cooling and aesthetics, but all of them are making your next memory purchase a confusing affair which would trouble even the most informed consumer. What is important and what is mere fluff? Well, through this review I will show you what you should be trying to find for your next memory purchase and where you should spend you hard earned money.
Today I will be reviewing a PC3500 low latency dual channel memory kit from OCZ which is claiming effortless DDR433 speeds while set at the lowest 2-5-2-2 memory latency timings. Let see if this memory does what it claims and whether we can push it further to get even more value for your dollar.