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


Application/Gaming Load Times

Although the increase in RAM size did not garner any significant frame rate increases, it should be noted that gaming performance is not judged by frame rate alone. To the dismay of most, as game and application complexities have increases so too have loading times.

There is nothing worse than being at a LAN and having the guy next to you be minutes into the game before you even finish loading the map textures. To see what kind of performance increases an extra gigabyte of RAM offer in this area we have tested loading times for Battlefield 2 as well as FEAR, another memory hogging monster.

Again we did no see the significant performance increases here that we expected. Though load times were only slightly faster wit the 2GB XTC sticks, this gap will increase significantly depending on the number of processes running.

As you can see, a system running only minimal application still has lots of headroom with a single gigabyte of RAM even while running a memory intensive game like BF2.

It should be noted however that most system have many more active applications running while gaming (Ventrilo, Gamespy or FRAPS for example). With only a few of these additional applications running system RAM usage can easily surpass the 1GB mark. Once this happens swap file usage will come into play that will have a serious detriment on any application requiring memory access.

XTC Heatspreader Performance

The only true way to test the performance of the new heatspreaders would be to do so with a heat sensitive camera. We unfortunately are not in possession of such a tool and thus have to improvise. Instead we have tested the temperature of an individual RAM chip using a temperature probe while the memory is run at full load.

Testing was done first using the new XTC heatspreader and then using the old OCZ Platinum EL heatspreader. Both spreaders were tested on the same OCZ Gold GX stick in running at stock voltage in both a passive and an active cooling environment (120mm Side Case Fan).

Again I need to stress that these tests are far from perfect. The temperature probe is measuring the temperature generated by an individual chip on the edge. That being said, it would appear that the engineering theory behind the new XTC spreaders do result in lower chip temperatures, especially in an actively cooled environment.


OCZ's gold series have never been known for their overclocking abilities. Those looking for massive headroom should check out OCZ's platinum series of chips.

That being said, these Gold XTC chips were no slouch. At 2.5-3-4-8 and 2.9V we were able to push these chips to 232Mhz, which is none to shabby for a pair of 1GB sticks. Please note however that these chips will not post at 2-2-2 no matter what voltage you run them at.

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