Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's
multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine
technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond
the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as
Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the
most out of the game.
Athlon64 has always performed better in UT2003 than the Pentium 4. It seems like
the P4 gets a bigger boost due to overclocking but please remember that the CPU
is also running faster.
Finding good enthusiast memory is a very difficult task as there are so many choices
out there. Should one go with a dual channel memory kit over regular DIMM's? Should you get high
speed, high latency memory or slower memory that can run tighter timings? It's
confusing even for the veteran overclocker; I would hate to try and wade through
all that information if I were a newbie.
the OCZ PC3200 Platinum Limited Edition memory is rated to run at 200 MHz
while using 2-2-2-7 timings and running on a voltage of 2.7V. I anticipated it would
also be good at overclocking because it's using Winbond BH-6 DRAM. OCZ
places nickel plated copper heat spreaders onto the memory; they do nothing for
cooling, but it does help protect the DDR modules from physical damage.
In terms of performance,
as you can see from the benchmarks the memory runs very well in both
an Athlon64 and Pentium 4 system. When it comes to overclocking, even with only 2.8V
the OCZ PC3200 Platinum LTD Ed memory simply flies! Using 2-2-2-5 timings we were
able to run at a very respectable 234 MHz on the Athlon64 system and on the
Intel rig we ran at 240 MHz FSB!
With a retail price of $405
CDN ($306 US), the OCZ PC3200 Platinum Limited
Edition memory is actually a pretty good deal since most 1GB dual channel memory
kits run for well over $450 CDN!
If you're in
the market for some memory that can overclock well, you'd better get
these bad boys while you can because they'll be gone soon.
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