OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 2 x 2 GB Platinum Edition Review

ajmatson - 2008-02-09 09:02:16 in Memory
Category: Memory
Reviewed by: ajmatson   
Reviewed on: February 21, 2008
Price: $133.99


In today's times, computer systems and programs are requiring faster and higher capacity memory to perform very demanding tasks. The old sweet spot of 2GB of system memory is fading quickly with newer advanced programs and operating systems. DDR2 memory still continues to dominate the memory market and has speeds fast enough to please even the hardcore gamer. For those of you not wanting to jump ahead to DDR3, then this is the answer to your calls.

The OCZ Platinum Edition DDR2 PC2-8000 comes in sets up to 4GB total capacity. Today we are going to look at the 2 x 2GB set. Running operating systems like Windows Vista, you want to have the best bang for your buck. OCZ gives you a 4GB set in their Platinum Series to help you blow your competition away. The Platinum Edition runs at 1000MHz DDR2 speeds with latencies of 5-5-5-18 and all of this at 2.1v. A special feature that OCZ has on the Platinum Edition is EVP. EVP stands for Extended Voltage Protection, which allows you to run the modules at 2.15v while not invalidating your Lifetime Warranty.


Closer Look:

The OCZ Platinum Edition memory comes packaged in a clamshell plastic colored with OCZ's traditional orange and brown colors. Included in the package are two 2GB matched modules. On the back, OCZ lists awards for the memory and quality, warranty, and support information, including an email and phone number for technical questions.



The OCZ Platinum Edition modules are manufactured to run at DDR2 1000MHz speeds, which is 500MHz x 2. The latencies for them are 5-5-5-18 at 2.1 volts.  Using OCZ's EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) feature, you can push the voltage to 2.15 volts for overclocking without voiding the Lifetime Warranty.



The OCZ Platinum Edition DDR2 PC2-8000 generate a lot of heat at this voltage and speed, so OCZ uses the XTC style heatspreader. According to OCZ, "XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders optimize the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow by means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical stability is maintained."








All info taken from OCZ's website @ http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr2_pc2_8000_2gb_platinum_edition


So memory is memory, right? Is there a difference? Well the only way to be sure is to put it to the test. I am going to benchmark the OCZ Platinum memory and compare it against other brands to see how well it performs in comparison. The other memory sets will be run at the same speeds to show overall performance while stock and overclocked. Overclocked settings are shown in the next section below.


Testing Setup:




CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings and SPD chip information.


Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file usage and processor usage (%).



Overclocked settings:

Since OCZ is known for its overclocking, I really wanted to see how far these modules would go. However, after hours of changing CPU speeds, memory speeds, timings, and voltages, the highest I could get the modules stable (passing memtest86+) was 1066MHz (533MHz DDR2) with timings of 5-7-7-20 at 2.2v. Any further and it would error out or lock up the computer during the boot sequence , giving me a memory error on the POST code.


PCMark Vantage: With this benchmark, I will be running the system suite as well as the memory test suite. The measure for the system suite will be the total score. The measure for memory performance is the total memory score.









SiSoftware Sandra XII: In this program, I will be doing the following benchmarks: Cache and Memory, Memory Bandwidth, and Memory Latency. Higher is better in all tests except for Memory Latency, where lower is better.




Far Cry: For this game test, we will use the following settings and run the Hardware OC 1.8 benchmark utility. The measure for this benchmark will be in FPS.








When you think of OCZ, you think of high performance memory. Now turn 180° around. OCZ also makes memory to meet price and performance needs of all different varieties. The PC2-8000 4GB set is just one of these price-performance products. What enthusiast does not want four gigabytes of system memory? I know I do! At the stock speeds of 500MHz this set will run a 1:1 ratio with all but the best frontside bus clocking chips on the market. The vast majority of enthusiasts do not have a 500MHz chip, so these modules give you the speed without having to massively overvolt the memory to get the results you need. Even though the stock speeds fell slightly behind, they held their own in every benchmark, never letting go. Even with the slightly slower speeds they were running, they are a good bang for buck, being only about $.03 per megabyte.

During testing, even while overclocked, the XTC heatspreader did well dispersing the heat, keeping the modules cool to the touch even without any active cooling fans on them. OCZ tops them off with a Lifetime Warranty and Extended Voltage Protection for those who like to speed up components past manufactured speeds. Overall, I would recommend them to anyone needing inexpensive memory in a large capacity. You would not go wrong with the OCZ Platinum Edition PC2-8000 4GB set.