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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [10.27.04]
Manufactured by: OCZ

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Danger Will Robinson Danger!

Speaking of which, the manual for the unit is basically half setup/trouble shooting instructions and half dire bold font warnings.

The second sticker was wrapped around the voltage control knob.  Obviously if you're not familiar with overvolting/overclocking you probably should not be in possession of this product.


The installation of the DDR Booster is quite simple, but does present a couple issues to be noted. Basically if you can install a basic DDR RAM stick then things shouldn't be a problem. Here we can see the Booster installed on the award-winning Abit AI7 motherboard.

Now here's where things start to go bad for the Booster. With the unit being wider than a typical RAM stick it has to be installed in one of the outside RAM slots, which isn't a problem with most 4 slot Intel boards, however on 3 slot AMD nForce2 motherboards (those few that it will work with) it has to be installed in the lone third slot. This obviously kills the boards dual channel feature (however, as we found, there is not a lot to be gained by using dual channel on this platform anyway). Now if that was the only major problem things would still be okay, unfortunately there's more to come in a bit.

Neck Stretcher

Another minor problem that many users will have is that once installed inside a case, the LED display, which typically will be located at the very edge of most motherboards, can be a bit difficult to read.

If the LED could have somehow been angled upward it would've made things easier, especially with the mess of wires from the pass through ATX connector hanging around.  This is admittedly a minor problem though as most intelligent users will setup and overclock their hardware outside of their case first in order to find a stable overclocked speed before doing a clean case install.

Power to the People

I have to admit, that I was a bit weary about turning my rig back on after installing the DDR Booster. When I finally did get up the nerve I had the power cable firmly gripped in one hand and my nose close to the motherboard ready to shut things down at the first smell of things gone awry.

Fortunately all went well and nothing was fried. I was given a start at first though as the LED display showed the DDR voltage as being 4.5V right after booting up, before gradually lowering itself down to the 3.1 that I was expecting.

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