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


The Test

Our testing today will focus on the performance difference between a system running a 2GB dual channel kit as opposed to a 1GB dual channel kit. Most people believe that these new 2GB kits will offer increased performance in newer games including BF2, Doom3 and HL2. To test out whether or not this claimis true we will pitting the new 2GB XTC kit (running at 2-3-3-8 timings) against two 1GB dual channel kits;A 1GB OCZ Gold kit (running at 2-3-3-8) as well as a 1GB OCZ Platinum EL kit (running at 2-2-2-5).

This will tell us two things: 1) Whether 1GB gives us a significant advantage over 2GB at the same latencies and 2) Whether it's worth the trade-off of higher timings to use a 2GB kit. Keep in mind that this 2GB kit from OCZ has tighter timings than we've ever seen in a 2GB kit before.

For the purposes of testing, a Soltek FRN2 nForce2 board was setup with an Athlon XP2500+ running at 2.2Ghz (11x200),a GeForce 6600GT AGP, aHitachi 200GB ATA133, 7200rpm, 8MB HDD, and a clean install of Windows XP SP2. The latest Chipset and video card drivers were used. All memory kits were run in sync with theXP2500+ at 200mhz.

After initial testing we were concerned that our testing platform might have been a bottleneck causing our resutls to be a bit off, so we retested on an A64 3700+ system with a 7800GTX and found that our original results stood up.

The Results

Synthetic/Application Benchmarks

First up in our testing process will be the standard synthetic memory benchmarks. The majority of these style benchmarks use only minimal amounts of memory and test only raw speed so we should expect to see the results line up basedsolely ontimings.

As expected the sticks with the tighter timings come out on top. Let's move on to some real world benchmarks, starting with the World Bench suite which tests performance in many of today's popular applications. For the purposes of this review we will focus on photo and video editing application benchmarks.

These results are slightly surprising. Although the increase in RAM capacityresults in performance gainswhen the same RAM timings areused these increases are not equal to thegainsthat result from usingthe EL sticks.

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