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OCZ 2GB PC4000 EL DDR Gold Memory Review

OCZ 2GB PC4000 EL DDR Gold Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Games like Doom 3, Half Life 2 and currently the biggest memory hog on the market, Battlefield 2, require plenty of system memory to run properly.
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External Mfg. Website: OCZ Technology Sep 27 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > OCZ Technology PC4000 EL DDR Gold

Testing the OCZ Memory

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
9.5 x 253 MHz = 2.4 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 is still in the middle of moving its platforms over 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 manufacturer spec. Not doing so would put high speed DIMMs at a disadvantage since the memory was not designed to run at tight memory timings. Let's get started!

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 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold (200/400) 32.5
2x 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold (253/506) 33.8

Despite using looser memory timings, the 2GB OCZ PC4000 Gold memory is able to out perform its speedy 1GB counterparts at stock speeds. Overclocking does not do much for overall performance but memory capacity certainly does!

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 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold (200/400) 6080 5993
2x 1024MB OCZ PC4000 Gold (253/506) 6640 6561

It is nice to see bandwidth remain the same despite the memory controller having to address higher density DRAM modules.

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Contents of Article: OCZ Technology PC4000 EL DDR Gold
 Pg 1.  OCZ 2GB PC4000 EL DDR Gold Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — Testing the OCZ Memory
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Battlefield 2
 Pg 7.  Max memory overclocking and Conclusions

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