OCZ PC3-12800 OCZ3X1600LV4GK Intel XMP 2x2GB Reviewccokeman - November 15, 2009
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When you get ready to build a new system, memory is one of the parts that people either agonize over or just pick the cheapest kit they can find, so that they can fit something else into the already strained budget. The current pricing on performance 4 GB DDR3 memory kits is still pretty attractive and allows you to spend pretty wisely. Intel's latest revision of the Nehalem architecture is meant to entice the mainstream user by offering the benefits of the latest technology at a more affordable price point. Part of this strategy is to drop down to a dual channel memory controller, so you have to spend less on the peripherals like the memory. What OCZ has done with this kit is partner up with Intel to co-brand this set of modules that are specifically designed to work with the Intel socket 1156 P55 platform, by equipping the modules with Intel's XMP(Extreme Memory Profiles), which allow the modules, as well as the system, to run with an enhanced level of performance. The voltages, timings, and speed settings are all programmed in the SPD (Serial Presence Detect) of the modules so that you have a verified and tested level of performance. Let's see if the performance of the XMP profile will deliver comparable or better performance than its contemporaries.
The OCZ Intel branded XMP low voltage memory kit comes in a retail blister pack that, from the front, highlights the "Low Voltage" capabilities of this kit. The rear panel of the package highlights include low voltage for use with Intel's Core I5 platform and Nehalem microarchitecture, OCZ performance, OCZ Quality, and the customer support they provide - which, in all honesty, is pretty tough to beat. These modules carry OCZ's Lifetime warranty.
This OCZ PC5 12800 Intel XMP low voltage, dual channel kit consists of two 2GB modules that run in a dual channel configuration. These modules are meant to be run at DDR3 1600MHz speeds with the timings set to 8-8-8-24, using the Intel specified maximum 1.65 volts. Included on the SPD of the modules are two Intel XMP profiles. Profile 1 is set up to run the modules at the rated 1600Mhz with the timings set to 8-8-8-24, while Profile 2 is set for a more aggressive 1800MHz with the timings set to 9-9-9-28, again at 1.65 volts.The XMP profile is a series of settings that have been tested and verified to work by OCZ's engineers, to provide the optimal level of performance from the modules and profiles. The modules use OCZ's proprietary XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heat shields to keep the modules cool during those all night gaming sessions. The heat shields are finished in gloss black with the Intel co-branding seen on the label on both sides of the modules. A nice touch on the modules is the OCZ logo on the PCB!
With the 1800MHz capabilities, the testing and overclocking should prove fruitful on these modules.