OCZ DDR3 PC3 12800 Platinum 6GB Low Voltage Triple Channel Reviewccokeman -
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When it comes to crucial system components one of the items that you just have to have is the system memory. Now that DDR3 has become almost mainstream, the costs associated with an upgrade are not as great as they were just a scant 6 months back. Sure the high-end enthusiast stuff will set you back a pretty penny or two, but for the most part decent 6GB sets can be had for a steal. If you don't install enough memory in your build you will get the lag and stuttering when trying to open programs and attempt to multi-task. You will see that familiar hard drive light just flashing away letting you know that you are hitting the swap file violently. With Vista being so resource intensive, it's a good idea to step up to at least 4GB of system memory or now even 6GB if you are running an Intel Core I7 based system. More memory can mean smoother operation as well as a computer that just feels more responsive. Ultimately that's what we are looking for in a system. Just any set of memory won't do with a high performance build. You've spent some serious money on high-end components and the system memory is not the place to skimp on quality or quantity.
The OCZ DDR3 PC3 12800 Platinum Low Voltage Triple Channel modules are designed for use with Intel's Core I7/X58 chipset. Operation at a speed of 1600MHz with tight timings of 7-7-7-24 with a low 1.65 volts that meets the Intel specified maximum voltage to be used to protect the processor. The modules feature OCZ's exclusive XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders that allow the modules to run cooler even at the reduced voltages these modules operate at. Most memory kits in the 1600MHz range are running much looser timings than these OCZ PC3 12800 modules - just how will that impact the performance comparison?
The OCZ modules come not in the usual blister pack or clamshell, but neatly packaged in a box that offers a bit more protection as well as a means of identifying the package. The front panel has the recognizable Z in OCZ with the fact that this is a triple channel kit is boldly stated on the bottom of the package. The rear panel shows a few of the awards given to their products. The listing on the back panel identifies this as a triple channel kit talks about OCZ quality and performance and gives a customer support number. The information given in multiple languages specifies that this set is optimized for use with an Intels X58 platform.
Pulling the modules from the case we get to the standard clamshell packaging we all know and love. The information on the outer box is shown again on the information in the clamshell.
This set of modules from OCZ part number OCZ3P1600LV6GK shows that this is a set of DDR3 memory rated for operation at 1600MHz and is a 6 gigabyte kit. This set is designed for use with Intel's X58 platform and is rated to run at timings of 7-7-7-24 with the specified maximum voltage of 1.65 volts. This voltage specification is directly from Intel and running higher than this voltage may damage the processors integrated memory controller. The modules feature OCZ's patented Z3 XTC heat spreaders to dissipate the thermal load from the modules. The heatspreaders are vented, allowing air to flow over the modules.
Let's see how these modules perform in relation to our test setup modules.