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Monday, April 17, 2006
OCZ PC4000 XTC Platinum Edition 2X1GB

1. Introduction

OCZ in one of the biggest, if not the biggest, memory manufacturer world-wide. Excellent quality products, high-end devices and a good web-site that gives full information to potential buyers, rank OCZ technology in first place with enthusiasts.

We have already tested a lot of OCZ's products, and we should add that there hasn't been a single instance or occasion where we had reason to question or doubt OCZ's quality and performance.

In a recent review on CDRinfo, we made the statement that 2GB of RAM will soon become standard for every new system. Especially now, that Windows Vista is on the doorstep, as well as the myriad of RAM hungry games like FEAR and Battlefield 2 pop up, 1GB is not really enough, if you want to get the best out of your system. Of course, by "googling" around for 2GB of memory to buy, you will see that there are a lot to choose from, but only few can actually offer low timings. The new OCZ PC4000 XTC Platinum Edition 2GB memory modules can offer large memory capacity while also keeping the timing at considerably low levels.

- A Closer Look

First of all, looking at the labels on the modules, two memory sticks are sold together and are tested by OCZ to work in Dual Channel mode flawlessly. The memory standard operating frequency is 500MHz (PC4000) and OCZ states that the timings at this frequency can be set to 3-3-3-8.

Of course, its no easy not to notice the flashy heat spreaders. There is a "Z" on each, making them look pretty cool if you have a windowed PC case. However, these are not like any other heat spreader we have seen before from OCZ. Small perforations give better air flow and helps cool the chipsets more effectively than the older heat spreaders.

These heat spreaders are also lighter in weight and a little thinner that the old heat spreaders

These memory modules are unbuffered 184-Pin DDR Synchronous DRAM DIMM modules, tested to work in dual channel mode. They are based on the Micron 5B-F inter grated circuits. We should say that this review will be particularly interesting since we have never tested memory with this type of IC until now.

OCZ uses the good old packaging for these memory modules. By reading the back of the package, you can get some information about the memory and its warranty. No matter how hard we looked, we could not find the word "limited" in the warranty. In other words, OCZ offers a full, life time warranty and not limited life time warranty, that most manufacturers do.

- Specifications

Below you can see the table with all the specifications for the OCZ PC4000 XTC Platinum Edition RAM modules.

Product Name PC4000 XTC Platinum Edition
Package 2048MB kit (2x1024MB) (dual pack)
CAS Latency
3-3-3-8
Test Voltage 2.8V
Speed DDR 500 MHz (PC4000)
Type 2x 184-pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Manufacturer Warranty  lifetime warranty




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