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OCZ Dual Channel PC3700 Gold Edition Rev.3
OCZ, one of the leading memory manufacturers, has a new revision of their high performance DDR. This new revision includes an ultra low latency of 2.5-3-3-8 and can handle a 2.8v current, that's .2 over your standard memory module. Also, note the copper heat spread with gold plating to correspond with this series memory "gold". OCZ is well known for high performance memory modules especially in the gaming community. Let's take a closer look and see if this new release is really as good as OCZ is boasting...
OCZ Gold PC-3700 Revision 3 is the latest
iteration of the extreme-speed 466MHz Gold Series family. The PC-3700
Gold Rev. 3 has been re-engineered to turn out heart-pounding 2.5-3-3
timings. The OCZ PC-3700 Gold Rev. 3 is built with the proprietary
HyperSpeed® Technology feature as well as Ultra-Low Noise PCB
Well, the install of memory is not rocket science, 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. Some motherboards do not auto detect the high performance modules so it is a good idea to go into the BIO's and make sure all the settings are correct. In our install the SOYO CK8 auto detected the latency fine but the core voltage was still set to 2.6v and this memory runs optimally at 2.8v. Other then that the install is pretty easy and standard. Please note on the CK8 our max bus is 200mghz not the rated 233mghz so our results under the AMD64 bit CPU could probably be better with a different board. We will run this memory on a XP class ASUS board just to verify the memory can handle the 466mghz FSB.
OCZ does a fine job of making this memory look sharp. They chose to coat the heat spread according to the model's modules, in this case metallic gold. There really isn't that much to talk about with the appearance, it's memory. It has cool heat spreads with the metallic gold. It looks like memory, period. OCZ doesn't appear to be getting into the LED race like a few of the other manufacturers, at least at this point they are focusing on performance rather then the frills...
Our main goal in this section is to see how well this memory works. Unfortunately, we do not have any direct competitors to run the benchmark against so we are going to do the next best thing by running a single 512 Corsair XMS XL Pro PC3200 chip against the 2x256 COZ PC3700. Please note in the AMD 64Bit configuration they will both have the same FSB 200mghz. We are going to run these two competitors under a multitude of different benchmarks. Everything from AquaMark3 to Unreal and of course PCMark04. As you can see from the results below the performance between the two manufacturers is similar but overall it appears OCZ does perform a little bit better. This might have something to do with the dual channel vs. single 512meg chip. It's tough to tell, but one thing was clear, if you are looking for a 512 fast solution this combo will do nicely. The OCZ Gold Series Rev.3 performs exceptionally well and will definitely out perform most single chip solutions. It is very important, however, to make sure you have the correct BIO's settings to unlock the potential of this RAM.
AMD 64 Bit test machine
SOYO CK8 Motherboard
AMD 64 bit Socket 754 3200+ 2.2ghtz
120gig Western Digital IDE ATA100 8meg buffer Hard Drive
XFX nVidia 6600 GT 128meg AGP Graphics Card
AMD XP test machine
AMD XP 1800+ 1.5ghtz socket A
20gig Maxtor IDE ATA133 1meg buffer Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 32meg old school
3DMark03Pro Revision 6 Build 0
AMD XP System
Note: That default memory setting are used on Kingston and Corsair
Unreal Tournament 2003 CPU Benchmark
AMD 64 Bit System
This test was run using the CPU Bench
3DMark03Pro Revision 6 Build 0
AMD 64 Bit System
PCMark04 Test Results
(Please make a note that we ran OCZ at both 2.6v and 2.8v)AMD 64 Bit system
OCZ provides a lifetime warranty. This means that the manufacturer really stands behind their product. OCZ makes one fine chip! The heat spread OCZ uses is a solid copper core with a painted gold exterior to match the theme of the product's name: Ex "Gold series" has gold coating, "Platinum series" has platinum coating. Pretty ingenious, right =) Anyhow, what I noticed first about the spreads was their thickness. I have used and seen many heat spreads or RAM sinks, whichever you want to call them, and OCZ is using a very high quality spread. It's thicker and most likely that will increase the amount of heat dispersed. Many of the spreads you see currently actually do more work from the adhesive thermal coating then the aluminum spread on the outside. That is not the case here. Longevity of this product is an unknown and unfortunately, only time will tell if this chip really holds up. However, considering the warranty and the quality heat spread OCZ provides, I don't see any problems in the near future. The packaging quality is pretty much standard for memory modules. They use a hardened plastic fold over case similar to all the major manufacturers. This may not be ideal for shipping, but it is a well designed package for consumer sales and presentation.
This memory is fast!
Price is very good.
Performance is awesome.
Heat Spreads are very thick and well made.
If you need quality and performance in your memory look no further, OCZ has manufactured another fine product. Built for the long haul and ready to run, this memory will perform above and beyond what most people would ever expect from a DDR RAM module. This is very easy for me to award OCZ PC3700 Gold Series Rev.3 with our Editors Choice Trophy of Excellence!!!!!! Nice product OCZ! It was a pleasure reviewing this product.
Rating: 6 out of 6 Stars Perfect Score!!!!!!
Review Date: 02/12/05
Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)
OCZ Contact Info
California Sales Office
860 E. Arques Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085 USA
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