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OCZ High Grade Memory - PC4800 DDR and PC5400 DDR-2 - Final Thoughts

Today we're checking out some OCZ memory modules - PC4800 "EL Platinum Limited Edition" DDR and PC5400 "EL Gold" DDR-2.

| DDR-2 Memory in RAM | Posted: Nov 15, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

Final Thoughts

 

It's clear to see that DDR and DDR-2 are definitely different memory styles, each benefiting different platforms. Intel with its more "Bandwidth is better than latencies" approach to Netburst makes better use of DDR-2, as the higher latencies don't bother the setup as much.

 

On the other hand, AMD64's on-die memory controller craves lower latencies, as memory module speeds above 400MHz are not guaranteed. What this means to the end user is simply this, if you get DDR memory above 400MHz don't expect a stock AMD64 to be able to run the RAM at its full potential. You are going to have to overclock your system in order to gain the benefits which are dependent on your CPU and motherboard.

 

OCZ has managed to provide perfectly for both platforms with high speed DDR-2 for the Pentium 4 market, and low latency, high speed DDR for the AMD64. The modules work well, no stability issues were noticed, the extra voltage is handy for overclocking and as always the OCZ modules are stylish and attractive in appearance.

 

No matter which way you are planning to go, OCZ has the memory for you but for premium modules of this kind, you'll need to spend a bit more cash.

 

- DDR SDRAM Pros

 

Low latency

 

Great overclocking potential

 

Good performance, even better when overclocked

 

Extended Voltage Protection up to 3.0 volts

 

Stylish and effective heatspreader

 

- DDR SDRAM Cons

 

Quite Pricy

 

- DDR-2 SDRAM Pros

 

High Bandwidth

 

Good performance, even better when overclocked

 

Good overclocking

 

Extended Voltage Protection up to 2.2 volts

 

Managed to work stable at 2.4 volts

 

Stylish and effective heatspreader

 

- DDR-2 SDRAM Cons

 

High Price

 

A little outdated now as PC-6400 DDR-2 is available

 

- Latest Pricing

 

OCZ Gold 2 x 1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM

 

Joint Rating - 8.5 out of 10

 

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