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OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX Dual Channel
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.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 / 433MHz / Gold Gamer eXtreme Edition
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.
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 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
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
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)
This test was run using the CPU Bench
3DMark05Pro Revision 2 Build 0
AMD 64 Bit System
3DMark03Pro Revision 6 Build 0
Main Test Results
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.
This memory is fast!
Performance is awesome.
Heat Spreads are very thick and well made.
Price is a bit steep but you get what you pay for.
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)
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