After having only recently reviewed the Gold GX XTC modules, we found that the Platinum XTC Dual Channel had exactly the same design, but with platinum employing the honeycomb design for better airflow. It is quite impressive construction that promises much more than just improving the look inside your case.
The overall performance of the DDR2 PC2-5400 Platinum XTC Dual Channel 2x512MB was good at all speeds. Although it is certified at 667MHz, we managed to run the modules at 870MHz but with a compromise in timings, from 3-3-3-12 to 4-4-4-15.
The modules we received, produced good performance in PCMark05, achieving 5451 PCMarks. While with SiSoft Sandra 2005, the performance was an impressive 7138MB/s and 7176MB/s in the RAM Bandwidth Integer and Floating Point benchmarks respectively, and in the Combined Index, the reported 12478MB/s was quite good.
In games, the increased memory speed in combination with an overclocked CPU will increase the frame rate, as happened in our HL2 test. However, in such an situations, it is mostly the VGA card that will make the difference.
At the time of this review, the price for the DDR2 PC2-5400 Platinum XTC Dual Channel 2x512MB was US$140 from newegg.com. A good price with good performance in combination with the lifetime warranty, makes this product a great buy.