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Thursday, September 13, 2007
PC2-8500 Roundup

2. OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI-Ready Edition

The new OCZ PC2-8500 SLI-Ready Series is equipped with NVIDIA Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) to optimize the modules performance with nForce® SLI-based motherboards. OCZ exclusively engineered select, high-performance modules with advanced SPD (Serial Presence Detect) settings, to allow compatible motherboards to recognize and utilize the added information, ultimately increasing the performance potential of the entire system.

OCZ SLI-Ready memory modules are programmed to boot at 1066MHz DDR2 with supremely fast timings of 5-5-5. Only motherboards equipped with the custom-designed BIOS, such as those designed for NVIDIA nForce SLI MCPs, can detect the optimized SPD profiles and ensure the memory functions under the best possible conditions. The exclusive OCZ SPD specifications take out the guesswork and provide enthusiasts and gamers with significant overclocked performance with no manual adjustment or compatibility issues.

Each OCZ SLI-Ready module comes equipped with an exclusive NVIDIA XTC heat-spreader for the most efficient heat dissipation and a look that stands out like its performance. Additionally, all SLI-Ready memory is backed with toll-free technical support, the exclusive EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) coverage, and an industry leading Lifetime Warranty.

With the fusion of the sophisticated EPP memory specification and cutting-edge, high-speed OCZ DDR2 architecture, the PC2-8500 edition is the ultimate breakthrough for advanced SLI platform performance.

- Main features

  • Module Size: 2GB kit (1GBx2)
  • Part Number: OCZ2N1066SR2GK   
  • Package: Ballistix 240-pin DIMM
  • Feature: DDR2 PC2-8500
  • Error Checking: NON-ECC
  • SLI-Ready XTC Heatspreader
  • Speed: DDR2-1067
  • Voltage: 2.3V
  • Memory Timings: EPP 5-5-5-15 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)  

- Retail package

OCZ provided us with the retail package of the PC2-8500 SLI (2x1GB). The retail price is around US$200 as found at several online stores. The kit we received arrived in our labs in a common carton box, with the memory modules packed in anti-static plastic bags.

On both sides of the heat-spreader is the nVIDIA SLI Ready logo, while one side has a sticker with part number, timings and other information.

Under Windows and using Everest Ultimate Edition 2007, we can see full details on the memory modules:

The SPD as reported by CPU-Z is set for 533MHz with CL5:

As was the case with the GSkill modules, here too we couldn't get low CL4, either at 500/533MHz, even with 2.40V. The highest memory frequency we achieved was 580MHz with 2.40V memory voltage.

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