Max Memory Overclocking Chart and Conclusions
to see how individual memory stacks up against the competition under stock
configurations, but we're also going to show how it compares when overclocked.
With performance in mind, we're going to compare the maximum overclocked results
of the various DDR2/3 memory modules PCSTATS has tested in the past which are
listed below. Remember, just because memory is clocked fast doesn't mean it's
the best thing for a computer. Timings are also important, and getting the right
ratio of both is the real key to performance based overclocking!
* - denotes tested on ECS PN2 SLI2+
PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory comes in the middle of the pack, when it comes
to overclocking with tight and with lax timings. Overall the OCZ PC2-9200
FlexXLC Edition memory is a good performer.
OCZ brings watercooling
support to memory by default
With memory manufacturers installing
larger and larger heatsinks, it was only a matter of time before watercooling
compatible memory was released. OCZ have raised the bar for all other
From a practical stand point, is watercooling
really necessary for DDR2 system memory?
No, but does it hurt to watercool memory? Again the
answer is no.
For computer hardware geeks out there, watercooling
memory allows them to pursue their love of computers further, and let's be
frank, a rig with watercooled memory is too cool!
The 2GB set of OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory
PCSTATS tested for you today is pretty darn sweet. By default the memory is
rated to run at speeds up to DDR2-1150, while keeping 5-5-5-15 timings with
a voltage 2.3V.
The memory comes from OCZ with preinstalled
with waterblocks, which can be used, or not. Even though OCZ's PC2-9200 FlexXLC
Edition is targeting the high end crowd, the memory is pretty aggressively
priced at $267 CDN ($252 USD, £125 GBP).
Of course if you don't have a watercooling setup, the
OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory does have fins for air cooling. OCZ did not
do a very thorough job applying the heatsink/waterblock onto the BGA
DRAM modules, once side doesn't make very good contact with the DDR2
Now that DDR3 memory is available, it does make
purchasing memory a bit more difficult of a quandary for Intel users. DDR2
memory is perfectly sufficient if you're not planning on upgrading to quad core
processor. On the other hand, if you want to be one of the first kids on the
block with a quad core system, waiting for DDR3 may be a good idea as that is
the only memory standard which satisfies those memory bandwidth demands.
In terms of performance the 2GB OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC
Edition memory kit performed on par with the other high performance memory kits
that PCSTATS has tested recently. When it comes to overclockling, the OCZ
PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition posted pretty respectable results - 1066 MHz
with tight 4-4-4-12 timings, and 1220 MHz with 5-5-5-18 timings. Both results
put the OCZ memory near the middle of all DDR2 memory tested.
The OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory kit is certainly
novel thanks to its ability to support watercooling by default, but that feature
is definitely not a necessary item. If you need a new set of memory the OCZ
PC2-9200 FlexXLC Edition memory kit is not a bad deal, you get good performance
at a decent price.
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