OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition 2GB Kit
Published: 25th August 2007 | Source: OCZ Technology | Price: |Conclusion
As far as I'm concerned the OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition modules are undoubtedly the sexiest looking RAM currently available. They look sharp, agressive and extremely formidable. During our testing the modules felt warm to the touch, but never progressed to anything worse than that. Which is testament to the cooling efficiency of the XLC heatsinks themselves. Further, OCZ in their wisdom have enabled those with water-cooling setups to be able to integrate cooling of their performance RAM with relative ease.
To be honest I was expecting slightly bigger things form the modules as far as overclocking was concerned, but given that overclocking can be a hit and miss affair dependent upon quite a number of variables and the uncertainty of component mass production. However, all things considered the OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition modules are certainly no slouch when it comes down to performance. With the ability to be able to run tight timings of 3-4-4-15 at stock timings on a non-EPP based motherboard, OCZ are certainly onto a good thing.
Sure the FlexXLC's chips aren't highly sought after Micron D9, but the 'unknown' IC's certainly give a very respectable account for themselves. Further, the highest frequency that we were able to obtain with the OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition modules still provided consistently higher results in all benchmarks over the OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium modules.
To be honest, I feel that the OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition modules would lend themselves well to the gaming end of the spectrum. The modules feel very 'punchy' and responsive even at stock speed. After a little bit of tweaking and further testing the sweet spot for these modules appears to fall around the DDR2-450 range at 3-4-4-15 timings. But all things considered they are certainly a worthwhile investment for those prepared to outlay the cash.
Additionally, kudos to OCZ for providing the ability to run this ram up to 2.35v without voiding the warranty.
The OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL 3 FlexXLC Edition modules are available from Komplett for £65, and this isn't really that much extra to fork-out over the budget orientated OCZ 2Gb DDR2 PC2-6400 Titatium XTC modules that we compared it against.
+ Lifetime warranty and EVP up to 2.35v. (non-EPP) and 2.4v on EPP based motherboards.
+ Tight timings right out of the box, even on a non-EPP motherboard for which they were designed.
+ Cooling performance further enhanced by its ability to be included in a water-cooled setup.
+ Respectable price
- In order to water-cool you will need to include smaller fittings into your loop.
Special thanks to OCZ for supplying the review sample
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