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OCZ Technology EL-DDR PC3500 Gold GX Memory Review

OCZ Technology EL-DDR PC3500 Gold GX Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: By default the OCZ PC3500 EL Gold Edition GX DDR memory is rated to run at up to 216 MHz (or DDR433).
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External Mfg. Website: OCZ Technology Sep 08 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > OCZ Technology EL-DDR PC3500 Gold GX

Testing the OCZ PC3500 Memory

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
9.5 x 250 MHz = 2.37 GHz

Motherboards:

DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI)

Videocard:

MSI NX7800GTX-V2D256E

Memory:

2x 512MB Patriot PDC1G5600ELK
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro
2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200
2x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Gold DC GX

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor
CDROM: Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD Burner
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup

WindowsXP
Forceware NF4 6.53
Forceware 77.77

Benchmarks

Business Winstone 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04
PCMark05
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

PCSTATS Test Methodology

PCSTATS tests DDR memory on AMD Athlon64 systems only because Intel has effectively made the transition to DDR2. Enthusiasts usually keep to the bleeding edge, so fast DDR memory is useless for the Intel overclocker looking for more juice.

On AMD test systems we're only interested in seeing how high we can go with the memory running 1:1, as running with other dividers puts the overclocking bottleneck elsewhere, not with the system memory. We usually run DDR RAM latency at 2-2-2-5, or the memory's tightest possible timings, as quick access is important to the CPU design. However in cases where memory is built to run at high speeds with lax memory timings, we will run the benchmark tests at the manufacturer specified timings. Not doing so would put high speed DIMMs at a disadvantage since the memory may not be designed to run at tighter memory timings.

As we move into the benchmarks a quick explanation is in order as to why the results will show minor performance gains due to the faster memory speeds we're testing. With previous platforms, increasing memory speed often meant also increasing the bus speed between the processor and memory. Since the memory controller is integrated into the Athlon64 processor, overclocking memory does not increase the speed of data moving to and from the processor any further, since there is no bus. To really get the most from your memory overclocking, you must also increase the CPU speed so it can handle the increased memory bandwidth. The reason why we do not do this during testing is because CPU speed will affect the benchmarks and that would not allow the results to be directly comparable to previous tests. By keeping the processor at approximately the same speed for all tests, we are seeing the real world benefit from the increased memory frequency alone.

Overclocking Athlon64s is a bit different since there is no more bus between the memory and CPU. On your system, make sure you increase the speed of your processor so you can get the most out of both the memory and CPUs!

With that out of the way, let's get started with the benchmarks!

Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Business Winstone 2004
Memory: Points Ranking
2x 512MB Patriot PEP5125600ELK PC5600 (200/400) 31.7
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL PRO (200/400) 31.5
2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200 (200/400) 32.3
2x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Gold GX DC (200/400) 31.5
2x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Gold GX DC (250/500) 32.7

As we have seen in many memory reviews, overclocking does not give much of a performance boost to office style applications. In most cases, the computer sits idle waiting for the users to input data.

SiSoft Sandra 2005 Source:Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2005 Benchmark Results
Memory Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:

2x 512MB Patriot PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 (200/400)

6066 6018
2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL PRO (200/400) 6057 6026
2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200 (200/400) 6058 6026
2x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Gold GX DC (200/400) 6048 6022
2x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Gold GX DC (250/500) 6655 6582

While the tests involved running a lower processor speed, the overclocked OCZ PC3500 Gold GX is able to get about 10% more memory bandwidth both in Integer and Floating point tests.

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Contents of Article: OCZ Technology EL-DDR PC3500 Gold GX
 Pg 1.  OCZ Technology EL-DDR PC3500 Gold GX Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — Testing the OCZ PC3500 Memory
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 6.  Max memory overclocking and Conclusions

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