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OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2GB Dual Channel Memory Review

OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2GB Dual Channel Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review, OCZ brings to the table the most hardcore form of memory cooling PCSTATS has ever seen commercially available. Watercooling for memory. Yup, watercooling.
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Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: OCZ Sep 19 2007   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC

Overclocking the FlexXLC Memory

Overclocking Results:
4-4-4-12 5-5-5-18
Memory Speed:

1066 MHz

1220 MHz


If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

There's no doubt if you're getting yourself a 2GB set of OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory you're going to overclock. Without further delay here is how the OCZ memory handled in PCSTATS famous overclocking tests...

The OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC memory was installed into an ECS PN2 SLI+ motherboard and an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor was used to test. Please note that we did not have a watercooling loop available, so the memory was air cooled.

Starting at 800 MHz, and with 4-4-4-12 memory timings, the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC DDR2 memory speed was increased 20 MHz increments. OCZ's PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory handled overclocking pretty well, and rose easily to 860 MHz before the DDR2 voltage had to be increased from 1.8V to 1.9V. To reach 940 MHz the memory voltage had to be increased yet again, this time to 2.0V.

For the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory to break the 1000 MHz mark, with 4-4-4-4-12 CAS latency timings, the memory voltage had to be increased to 2.2V. With tight timings the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC memory reached a maximum speed of 1066 MHz. A good result for sure, but we've seen other comparable DDR2 memory go higher.

Loosening the timings to 5-5-5-18, we increased the memory speed from 1066 MHz. The OCZ FlexXLC Edition memory had no problems cracking 1100 MHz, but 1160 MHz needed a slight voltage bump, this time to 2.3V.

Continuing, PCSTATS was able to overclock the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory to a maximum speed of 1220 MHz. Anything higher and the memory would start giving the system errors. Still 1220 MHz is a pretty decent speed, and if you're overclocking everything else in your system you'll see a nice benefit.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the 2GB OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this pair of PC2-9200 DDR-2 memory is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System
Processor:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Clock Speed:

9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus P5N32-E Plus (NF 650i)

Videocard:

MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

Memory: 2GB Kit Patriot PDC22G8000+XBLK
2GB Kit Corsair Twin2X1024-6400C4
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-7200 Platinum XTC SLI Ready
2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-9136C5D
2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64
nVIDIA Forceware NF4 9.34
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27

Benchmarks:

Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2007
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
Doom 3
Quake 4
FEAR

Office Productivity 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.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportOffice Productivity
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
2GB Kit Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (266/800) 30.2
2GB Kit Corsair Twin2X1024-6400C4 (266/800) 30.3
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-7200 Platinum SLI (266/800) 30.1
2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-9136C5D (266/800) 30.1
2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (266/800) 30.5
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition (266/800) 30.6
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition (266/1220) 32.9
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
2GB Kit Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (266/800) 41.5
2GB Kit Corsair Twin2X1024-6400C4 (266/800) 41.6
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-7200 Platinum SLI (266/800) 41.8
2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-9136C5D (266/800) 41.8
2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (266/800) 42.1
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition (266/800) 42.1
2GB Kit OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition (266/1220) 43.1

The OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory performs as expected at DDR2-800 speeds. Overclocking boosts workstation benchmark performance slightly.

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Contents of Article: OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC
 Pg 1.  OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2GB Dual Channel Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Watercooling RAM A-Okay?
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking the FlexXLC Memory
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks WindowsXP: Sandra 2007, PCMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks WindowsXP: 3DMark05, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 6.  Max Memory Overclocking Chart and Conclusions

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