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OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX Dual Channel


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by

OCZ

07/27/05

   OCZ has provided our team with another of their Gold Series performance memory modules. This time it is the PC3500 DDR ultra low latency memory sticks. These sticks are designed for performance gamers and PC enthusiasts. With the exceptionally low 2-2-2-5 433 FSB we will see just how well they perform. If they are anything like the last set of memory sent to us, then it will be easy to see why OCZ is so well known for their memory.

Specs:

433MHz DDR       
CL 2-2-2-5
(CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)       
Also available in a 512MB module   
Unbuffered       
Gold Layered Copper Heatspreader       
Lifetime Warranty       
2.8 Volts       
184 Pin DIMM
 

OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 / 433MHz / Gold Gamer eXtreme Edition

OCZ PC-3500 Gold Gamer eXtreme Series is the latest addition to the extreme-speed Gold Series family. As part of the award winning OCZ Gold series, PC-3500 Gold is built with leading edge technology designed to provide users with unwavering performance features capable of excelling in even the most demanding gaming environments. With the slightly above average voltage of 2.8V, these high-speed modules run at DDR433 and turn out heart-pounding 2-2-2-5 timings with flawless performance and stability—a necessity for today’s PC gamers.

OCZ PC-3500 Gold GX products are 100% hand-tested to ensure compliance with stringent quality standards. In addition, each member of the OCZ Gold GX family is encased in a gold layered copper heatspreader for efficient heat dissipation and is backed by an industry-leading lifetime warranty, toll-free technical support and the exclusive EVP® (Extended Voltage Protection) coverage, a feature allowing performance enthusiasts to tweak their systems up to a VDIMM of 3.1V ± 5% without invalidating their OCZ Lifetime Warranty!

With its ultra-fast performance, high quality and reliability, the OCZ PC-3500 Gold GX edition is the perfect memory upgrade for memory-hungry gaming rigs.


* OCZ EVP® (Extended Voltage Protection) is a feature that allows performance enthusiasts to use a VDIMM of 3.1V ± 5% without invalidating their OCZ Lifetime Warranty.

**ULN (Ultra Low Noise) technology uses various printed circuit board (PCB) techniques to reduce the amount of electrical noise that is present in all high-speed ICs. This results in faster and more stable memory.

 

 

  


Exert taken from Product page

 


Price: EastLuna price 196.00USD as of 07/27/05 Purchase Link

 

Installation:

 

The installation of memory is not too complicated so I am not going to elaborate too much with this subject.  Just make sure you have the memory facing the correct way and don't force the module. Apply pressure firmly until the latches click or fasten the module into place. Please make sure you write down the latency numbers off of the chip before booting. These modules require a 2.8v 2-2-2-5 setup and FSB can go up to 433mghz but will run fine at 400mghz, the standard FSB for most AMD motherboards. Some motherboards do not auto detect the high performance modules and as we found out that the auto actually does not work but the BySPD setting will boot and run stable even though you will not unlock the power of the OCZ GOLD EL GX memory unless you use the low latency settings. Thus, it is a good idea to go into the BIO's and make sure all the settings are correct.

Appearance:

  

     What can you say about memory when talking about appearance other then it "looks like memory."  Actually, OCZ does add to the appeal of the high performance modules with the heat spreads giving them the finish of the product series (Gold for Gold, Platinum for Platinum and so on) but other then this feature and the hardened plastic packaging there really isn't much to discuss. OCZ does a fine job with the presentation of their products.  

 

Performance:

      Performance can be viewed a few different ways when discussing memory. You can look at it from a peak performance threshold, or how fast is its maximum performance.  You can also look at the stability , or how often does the memory crash and is it consistent. We are going to look at both of these aspects. First, by seeing just what this stuff can do with different voltages and latency settings. Then we will look at a few competitors products and see if OCZ can keep up or surpass their performances. To do this we will be using a few different benchmark utilities. Most common is FutureMark's suite of PC analysis software  game simulator tests along with a few other tools as well. Let's see how the PC3500 does. Oh, I almost forgot, we  will be using a AMD 64bit system powered by a 3200+ CPU and an X800 PCI-e PowerColor ATI video card. All run on an ABIT AN8 "Fatal1ty" motherboard.

 

PCMark04 Test Results

OC and Latency Test

 

2.8v 2-2-2-5

BySPD

Name OCZ GOLD 3500DDR 2x512 OCZ GOLD BySPD 2x512
Description 2.8v, 2-2-2-5 LL  
Date 2005-07-26 2005-07-26
User preitschky@marnscda.com preitschky@marnscda.com
 
General Information
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows XP
DirectX Version 9.0c 9.0c
Mobo Manufacturer http://www.abit.com.tw/ http://www.abit.com.tw/
Mobo Model AN8 Series(NF-CK804) AN8 Series(NF-CK804)
AGP Rates (Current/Available) N/A / N/A N/A / N/A
CPU AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2009 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2009 MHz
Physical CPUs 1 1
HyperThreading Not Available Not Available
FSB 201 MHz 201 MHz
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
 
Display Information
Graphics Chipset ATI RADEON X800 ATI RADEON X800
Driver Name RADEON X800 Series RADEON X800 Series
Driver Version 6.14.10.6490 6.14.10.6490
Video Memory 256 MB 256 MB
Core Clock 391 MHz 391 MHz
Memory Clock 351 MHz 351 MHz
 
Sound Information
Sound Adapter Driver Name Realtek AC97 Audio Realtek AC97 Audio
Sound Adapter Driver Version 5.10.0.5770 5.10.0.5770
 
Hard Disk Information
Model WDC WD1600JB-00EVA0 WDC WD1600JB-00EVA0
Connection IDE IDE
Capacity 149.05 GB 149.05 GB
 
Benchmark Information
Program Version PCMark04 Revision 3 Build 0 PCMark04 Revision 3 Build 0

 

Memory Test Suite
2.8v 2-2-2-5 4898
BySPD 4258

 

Raw Block Read - 8 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 5915.74
BySPD 5643.0
Raw Block Read - 4 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 5931.32
BySPD 5681.93
Raw Block Read - 192 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 9477.42
BySPD 9636.23
Raw Block Read - 4 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 24935.54
BySPD 25068.58
Raw Block Write - 8 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 5392.76
BySPD 3813.85
Raw Block Write - 4 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 4919.74
BySPD 3815.46
Raw Block Write - 192 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 6252.15
BySPD 6231.5
Raw Block Write - 4 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 19095.69
BySPD 19054.66
Raw Block Copy - 8 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 2395.24
BySPD 1582.82
Raw Block Copy - 4 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 2381.38
BySPD 1590.95
Raw Block Copy - 192 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 4072.03
BySPD 4065.55
Raw Block Copy - 4 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 10194.77
BySPD 10169.22
Random Access - 8 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 2936.9
BySPD 2690.42
Random Access - 4 MB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 2938.47
BySPD 2692.89
Random Access - 192 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 6087.93
BySPD 6119.44
Random Access - 4 kB (MB/s)
2.8v 2-2-2-5 12860.08
BySPD 12826.4

 

 

 

~COMPARISON TESTS~

 

     This section is very interesting. What we did was compared the OCZ GOLD EL GX memory to one of the main competitors on the market CORSAIR's XMS PRO PC3200 Using a few different utilities made by FutureMark and an awesome script from Hard OCP the results where amazing. Please note we used a 400 front side bus to keep them both in the same class. You will also notice that the numbers show that both memory modules perform very well but with the ultra low latency and higher voltage of the OCZ memory Corsair falls just ever so slightly short. The last thing I want to point out in this section is that if the OCZ FSB was set to 433 it probably would perform even better.

 

Unreal Tournament 2003 CPU Benchmark

Comparison Test

Note: (XMS mem set to 2.5-3-3-8 2.6v 200FSB, OCZ GOLD GX set to 2-2-2-5 2.8v 200FSB)

Memory Type Average FPS Low FPS High FPS
Resolution dm-antalus dm-antalus dm-antalus
Corsair 2x512 XMS XLPro PC3200 1024x768 199.054092 50.348732 882.365784
OCZ GOLD EL GX 3500DDR 2x512 1024x768 202.302902 42.403728 914.388245

This test was run using the CPU Bench Option
This test was run using the Direct3D Rendering Engine
This test was run using the demo version of Unreal Tournament 2003
This test was run using the CPU_LowDetail.ini provided by [H]ard|OCP

 

 

 

 

3DMark05Pro Revision 2 Build 0

AMD 64 Bit System

3DMark Score (3DMarks)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 3878
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 3888
CPU Score (CPUMarks)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 4224
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 4544

Game Tests

GT1 - Return To Proxycon (fps)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 17.9
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 18.0
GT2 - Firefly Forest (fps)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 11.0
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 11.0
GT3 - Canyon Flight (fps)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 19.0
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 19.0

CPU Tests

CPU Test 1 (fps)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 2.0
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 2.3
CPU Test 2 (fps)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 3.9
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 4.0

Feature Tests

Fill Rate - Single-Texturing (MTexels/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 2092.6
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 2119.7
Fill Rate - Multi-Texturing (MTexels/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 4664.7
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 4663.3
Pixel Shader (fps)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 85.0
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 84.9
Vertex Shader - Simple (MVertices/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 41.4
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 42.1
Vertex Shader - Comple x (MVertices/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 36.2
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 36.2

Batch Size Tests

8 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 6.8
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 6.8
32 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 26.5
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 26.3
128 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 105.3
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 105.5
512 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 127.6
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 127.5
2048 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 128.5
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 128.5
32768 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
CORSAIR XMS PC3200 129.1
OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 128.8

 

 

 

3DMark03Pro Revision 6 Build 0

 

Main Test Results

Corsair XMS PRO PC3200 2x512MB 2.5-3-3-8 2.6v FSB400 OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 2x512MB 2-2-2-5 2.8v FSB400

 

3DMark Score
(3DMarks)
8604
8667
CPU Score
(CPUMarks)
937
954


Detailed Test Results

Game Tests

GT1 - Wings of Fury
(fps)
239.3
244.9
GT2 - Battle of Proxycon
(fps)
60.6
60.5
GT3 - Troll's Lair
(fps)
50.2
50.6
GT4 - Mother Nature
(fps)
58.2
58.4

CPU Tests

CPU Test 1
(fps)
108.8
111.0
CPU Test 2
(fps)
15.9
16.1

Feature Tests

Fill Rate (Single-Texturing)
(MTexels/s)
1806.4
1819.6
Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing)
(MTexels/s)
4011.7
4009.4
Vertex Shader
(fps)
28.0
28.0
Pixel Shader 2.0
(fps)
76.4
76.4
Ragtroll
(fps)
34.1
33.0

Sound Tests

No sounds
(fps)
69.3
71.3
24 sounds
(fps)
58.6
60.4
60 sounds
(fps)
Not Supported
  Not Supported

 

Quality:

     Quality in this situation to me is more measured by stability or how well this memory can perform without failure. Using the recommended setting this stuff rocks! I can not explain in words about how well the PC performs. Competing against one of OCZ's main competitor Corsair I was very impressed. Keep in mind we chose not to run these modules using the 433 FSB just to keep a similar comparison to the Corsair memory, but increasing the FSB to 433mghz would have only increased the appeal of this memory and the overall performance. During a full week of stress tests and everything else we threw at it there was only one memory dump and that was caused by my own attempt to push this memory well above the recommended voltage. So all in all, OCZ more then meets our standards for quality memory.

Pros:

This memory is fast!

Performance is awesome.

Heat Spreads are very thick and well made.

Cons:

Price is a bit steep but you get what you pay for.

Conclusion:

   It is easy to see why OCZ is a popular manufacturer of performance memory. They really do make a very stable, well performing module. We are pleased to award OCZ GOLD EL GX PC3500 2x512MB modules with our "Blue Ribbon Seal of Approval" for a well rounded, high performance stick that will more then please the avid gamer. Congratulations OCZ!!!

 

 

 

Rating: 5 & 1/2 out of 6 Stars

Review Date: 07/27/05

Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)

 

OCZ Contact Info
California Sales Office
860 E. Arques Ave.,
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(408) 733-8400 Phone
(408) 733-5200 Fax
 
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(408) 733-8400
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