It's great to see how individual memory stacks up
against one another under stock configuration, but we're also going to show
how they stack up to each other when overclocked as well. The results are
listed below for some of the recent memory to cross our test bench.
Unfortunately we just started testing memory on the
Athlon64 platform and that's why there are only a few results listed. Judging by what you
see, you'll not want to use the OCZ PC4000EL Gold with an Athlon64 processor. Things
are totally different on the Intel test system where the OCZ PC4000EL Gold
Edition does very well for itself.
OCZ have clearly defined themselves as a
trend setter in the memory markets, but now is no time to rest on laurels. There
is still much work to be done if we can ever hope to see lower latency high
speed memory make it to market (realistically, this isn't likely
sadly). Sure memory timings of 2.5-4-4-7 are not all that much better
than 3-4-4-8, but it's a start in the right direction, and all things
being equal, the OCZ 4000EL Gold will be faster than the rest of the
competition clock for clock.
This memory is not intended for AMD based systems, and that should be pretty clear
by the test results we've shown you. On the Intel test bed things
were totally different, and we were able to push the PCZ PC4000EL to a high of 268 MHz 1:1!
The PC4000EL Gold edition memory
also worked with a 5:4 and 3:2 memory divider, which is good
to know for those who are interested. With a retail price of $535 CDN ($400
US), the 512MB (x2) OCZ PC4000EL Gold memory kit is quite pricey, but
that's the price you have to pay for speed when you're an enthusiast looking for an extra edge!
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