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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   C. Sun  
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Max memory overclocking and Conclusions

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. The results are listed below for some of the recent memory to cross PCSTATS' test bench. All memory was tested at its most lax timings as well as its most aggressive. In terms of best overall overclocking performance, PCStats currently gives more weight to the combination of moderately high speeds and low latencies (2-2-2-5) than high speeds at the expense of latency timings.

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

Maximum Speed w/ Low Latency


Max Speed


OCZ PC4000 Gold DC VX 2-2-2-5 536 MHz
Mushkin HP3200 Redline 2-2-2-5 522 MHz
PDP PDC1G3200+XBLK PC3200 2-2-2-5

512 MHz

Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 2-2-2-5 508 MHz
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT 2-2-2-5 506 MHz
Corsair TwinX3200XL 2-2-2-5 504 MHz
OCZ PC3500 Gold GX 2-2-2-5 500 MHz
Patriot PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 2-3-2-5 494 MHz
Centon GEMiNi PC3200 2-2-2-5 492 MHz
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 2-2-2-5 474 MHz
OCZ PC4800 Platinum 2-2-2-5 468 MHz
Corsair Xpert Memory PC3200 2-2-2-5 442 MHz
OCZ PC4000 Gold* 2.5-3-3-6 424 MHz

Maximum Speed


Max Speed


Patriot PDC1G5600ELK PC5600 3-5-5-9 674 MHz
OCZ PC4800 Platinum 2.5-4-4-10 636 MHz
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT 2.5-4-4-8 624 MHz
Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 3-4-4-8 614 MHz
PDP PDC1G3200+XBLK PC3200 3-4-4-8 610 MHz
Centon GEMiNi PC3200 3-3-3-9 604 MHz
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 3-4-4-8 594 MHz
Corsair TwinX3200XL 3-4-4-8 574 MHz
OCZ PC4000 Gold DC VX 3-4-4-8 566 MHz
Mushkin HP3200 Redline 3-4-4-8 552 MHz
OCZ PC3500 Gold GX 3-4-4-8 514 MHz
OCZ PC4000 Gold* 3-4-4-8 506 MHz
Corsair Xpert Memory PC3200 2.5-3-3-6 470 MHz

* - 2GB dual channel kit, the rest are 1GB.

First please keep in mind that the OCZ PC4000 Gold memory is a 2GB kit as opposed to the 1GB kits that make up the rest of the memory modules. High capacity DIMMs are traditionally more difficult to overclock than lower capacity memory, but overall I am quite impressed with what OCZ was able to do with these PC4000 modules.

Get ready for 2GB of system memory!

It's software that drives the computer industry, and we are certainly seeing applications demand more and more RAM with each passing revision. For example, the next revision of Windows, called Vista, is reported to require a DirectX 9 graphics card just to run properly!

Games like Half Life 2, Doom 3 and Battlefield 2 push modern systems to their limits and while its usually the videocard that gets the most stress, we are also witnessing much larger games that require a large amount of installed system RAM. 1GB of total system memory no longer seems like enough, and games like Battlefield 2 really drive that point home because it uses up around 600-800MB of system resources, leaving not much else for Windows and any miscellaneous software that might be running in the background. However, as our benchmarks have also indicated, not all games demand 2GB of memory - or see any benefit from it - so it pays to do a little research first.

OCZ's 2GB dual channel PC4000 Gold DDR memory kit is already available for $431 CDN ($363 US). Sporting two 1GB DIMMs, the DDR memory is rated to run at PC4000 speeds (250 MHz) with timings of 3-4-4-8 at a voltage of 2.8V.

During testing the memory would run fairly aggressively with 2.5-3-3-6 timings at 200 MHz and many of the benchmarks displayed some favorable results. We saw a decent boost in office based applications and overall system performance also increased. The gaming benchmarks were a mixed bag but Doom 3 benefited from the increased memory somewhat, and Battlefield 2 very significantly. Also the OCZ PC4000 Gold Edition memory had no problems with Command Rate timing of 1T.

The OCZ PC4000 Gold Edition memory overclocked fairly well with 3-4-4-8 memory timings and with a voltage of 2.8V, we were able to hit a maximum speed of 253 MHz! It is not the fastest we have gone but definitely a nice speed for 2GB of system memory.

Those of you who are starting to find your system slow might be well served by upgrading to 2GB of system memory. Modern games like Battlefield 2 certainly need it, and its only a matter of time before other applications do as well.

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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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