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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [02.17.06]
Manufactured by: OCZ

 

More and More and More...

As has been the trend for the last couple years, mainstream memory densities have once again doubled, now reaching 2GB at the upper end. With newer games eating up more and more memory and Vista right on the horizon the jump to 2GB is none too soon.

With the new denser modules however there is always an initial tradeoff in terms of latency settings. Most 2GB kits run at much higher latencies then their smaller 1GB brethren and as a result can have lower performance. The OCZ kit that we are looking at today is one of the first to be released with enhanced latency abilities. What type of performance can we expect from these new dual channel kits? Let's find out!

EL Gold GX XTC Dual Channel...

How is that for a mouthful? Right off the bat OCZ takes the award for most acronyms in a single product name. All they need now is to stick super bling bling on the end and we would be all set.

Extended name aside the new 2GB Gold GX XTC kits are impressive on paper. Boasting the lowest latencies we have seen on any 2GB kits (CAS 2!), some fresh new heatspreaders, and of course OCZ's stellar lifetime warranty, these kits would seem perfect for memory hungry rigs.

The new honeycomb heatspreaders have generated a lot of buzz since they were first released with the Gold GX line last month. The spreaders new design is supposed to allow for increased heat ventilation and dissipation, especially in an active cooling environment. That and well, they just look sweet.

 

The spreaders themselves are made of steel with an aluminum casing on top (the gold part). In the future I'd like to see these spreaders made completely out of aluminum. Copper, although a better conductor, is not really feasible due to it being a softer metal that would be very difficult to cut into the honeycomb design. We will test these new spreaders later on against their old counterparts to determine if they actually make any advances thermally over the traditional design.

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