Product on Review: OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Black Edition Dual Channel Kit
Manufacturer and Sponsor: OCZ Technology
Street Price: £100 / $156 / €122
Here in the UK OCZ memory is amongst the most popular brand besides the likes of Corsair. Stores like Scan, Overclockers UK, ebuyer, ARIA, CCL and others always stock this brand of memory. It's a firm favourite with hardware enthusiasts and has national (and international) recognition for being affordable and solid in performance.
The kit we are taking a look at today is designed for the AMD platform, and more rightly - the AMD Black Edition of CPU's. The idea is that this memory kit will compliment such a setup. We will be allowing it to unleash it's true potential on the 890FX chipset accompanied by an AMD X6 1055T. The perfect combination.
The OCZ Black Edition series are deemed as special edition and come in two flavours CL7 or CL8. The kit we will be looking at is a CL8 4GB Dual Channel kit rated at PC3-12800 that is - 1600MHz. It's timings come as 8-8-8-24 at 1.65v.
OCZ Technology's Take
OCZ’s AMD Black Edition is tested and qualified specifically for AMD’s latest “Black Edition” CPUs for ultimate performance and stability. Featuring the unique AMD “OverDrive™” (AOD) capability, users can unleash the remote stored profiles directly from AMD when used with supporting 790FX / 790GX motherboards, giving users a performance edge with instant “plug and play” functionality. This highly advanced feature detects your OCZ Black Edition RAM when used in conjunction with AOD-supporting motherboards and AMD Black Edition Phenom CPUs, then the data is sent to a remote server to download the correct profiles to get your system up and running at its peak.
Sadly the board we will be using in the bench tests does not feature AOD. In fact there are only two motherboards that do according to OCZ.
• 1600MHz DDR3
• CL 8-8-8-24(CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
• 1.65 Volts
• Available in 4GB D/C kits
• Black Edition Ready XTC Heatspreader
• Lifetime Warranty
• 240 Pin DIMM