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Product : PC-2700 Performance Rev 3.2
Company : OCZ Technology
Author : Ryan 'MrB' Ku
Date : November 15th, 2002

Benchmarks

Here are a few benchmarks of RAM performance. It’s difficult to gauge how much memory bandwidth affects performance, as keeping the CPU speed constant is not possible. My P4 2.4GHz is locked, so I’m unable to play around with the multiplier and FSB to get similar clock speeds. The only method I had was to increase the CPU:DDR ratio from 2.5x to 2.6x, giving a small boost in memory speed to 354MHz while keeping the CPU constant.

For testing increased memory bandwidth, I simply increased the FSB required levels.

SiSoftware Sandra 2002
Memory Benchmark
 Integer 
2539
2694
3057
3120
 Float 
2536
2691
3059
3119
 
0
1750
3500
MB/s
 OCZ @ 333  OCZ @ 354  OCZ @ 400  OCZ @ 410

SiSoftware Sandra 2002 has a memory benchmark to test synthetic memory bandwidth. In both Integer and Float tests, the memory reaches around 2500MB/s, not far off from the theoretical max of 2700MB/s. Overclocking the memory gives a nice linear increase. The farthest I went with the RAM is 410MHz, giving 3100MB/s—pretty good for PC2700 RAM.

Edit: I used Memtest86 for 2 hours to verify that it was stable.

CacheMem 2.65
Memory Benchmark
 Read 
2065.7
2231.6
2504.6
2584.4
 Write 
750.2
830.7
962.4
971.1
 
0
1500
3000
MB/s
 OCZ @ 333  OCZ @ 354  OCZ @ 400  OCZ @ 410

Cachemem is another memory benchmark. It provides more realistic results than SiSoftware Sandra but shows the same trend.

Gaming Benchmarks
 Unreal Tournament 2003
800x600 
182.9
186.33
 Quake 3 Arena
800x600 
222.4
227.7
 
0
125
250
Average Framerate
 OCZ @ 333  OCZ @ 354

The two games I tested were Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 Arena. These results aren’t as interesting, as I couldn’t increase memory speeds much. We do see a gain of 4-6 frames per second with a 20MHz increase in RAM speed, with higher FPS being better as always.

Conclusion

OCZ DDR PC-2700 Rev 3.2 is a great set of RAM. It has everything that you can demand from memory: low memory timings, great looks (for those shopping in the looks department) and exceptional performance. It’s the best RAM I’ve ever used.

Though only rated at 333MHz, it was able to reach all the way up to 410MHz with a voltage increase. That’s a 24% increase in memory speed. Performance goes up across the board with no detrimental effects. It is very capable RAM that will benefit any motherboard chipset with memory tuning capability.

The only con I found about the RAM was the misaligned heatspreader, which is probably not a common occurrence. I did not want to remove it and reattach it properly as OCZ uses thermal tape with the heatspreader.
The price is competitive against other high-performance RAM brands, such as Corsair and Kingsmax. If you're looking for RAM that scales well with increases in FSB speeds, than check out OCZ’s PC-2700 Rev 3.2 memory.

Thanks goes to:
John Apps for providing the memory - Check out the prices at RAMStore
Ali Nejatie for prodiving the CPU - Check out Genitech






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