OCZ FlexXLC Edition PC2-9200 (1150mhz) 2GB DDR2 Kit

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction

Just over 2 months ago OCZ gave us the opportunity to take a look at their high-end Reaper HPC modules. Using Heatpipe technology to cool the memory, the modules managed to remain extremely cool when overclocked and obtained our 'Recommended' and 'Value for Money' awards. However, OCZ have never been a company to rest on their laurels, and for this reason it's no surprise to see them pushing the boundaries of memory cooling with their latest PC2-9200 and PC2-9600 "FlexXLC" kits.

Here's what OCZ had to say about the FlexXLC PC2-9200 kit we're going to be looking at today...

As the World’s fastest DDR2, the PC2-9200, in combination with the innovative FlexXLC technology, is considerably the most ground-breaking and unique memory product existing today.

These new modules feature the new OCZ FlexXLC (Xtreme Liquid Convention) heatsink that delivers superior heat dissipation via a hybrid copper and aluminum design alterable between passive air or water cooling.

Among these thermal management advantages, the PC2-9200 FlexXLC also implements a new 8-layer PCB. This facilitates less “crosstalk,” consequently enhancing the module’s total signal integrity.

The PC2-9200 FlexXLC modules are optimized for the latest cutting edge platforms and will be available in 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits. As part of OCZ’s line-up of premium memory, the PC2-9200 series is backed by a Lifetime Warranty and industry-leading technical support. Harnessing the achievement of leading-edge speed, high performance heat dissipation, and enhanced signal integrity, the unparalleled design of the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC is a complete, all-encompassing solution certain to set a new benchmark in enthusiast memory.

FlexXLC Diagram

Based around a hybrid Air/Water cooled design, the FlexXLC modules feature 1/4" barbs for integration with an existing water cooling system along with an array of fins at the top of the modules to effectively remove heat when water cooling is not used. We all know heat is an overclockers worst enemy, so with these elaborate cooling methods employed on the FlexXLC modules it will certainly be interesting to see if they perform any better than memory kits that feature a 'normal' heatspreader.


Technical Specifications

The following specs have been taken directly from OCZ's website:

General
• 1150MHz DDR2
• CL 5-5-5-18
• Available in 2GB (2x1024) Dual Channel Kits
• Unbuffered
• OCZ Lifetime Warranty
• 2.3 Volts
• 240 Pin DIMM
• 2 x 1/4" ID (inner diameter) barbs

Special Features
• FlexXLC Heatsink
• 8-Layer PCB
• 2.35V EVP
• EPP-Ready

OCZ FlexXLC PC2-9200 Specs

With the FlexXLC PC2-9200 modules sporting a rather impressive stock speed of 1150mhz, OCZ have needed to relax the latencies slightly (5-5-5-18) in order to ensure good yield rates. However, with OCZ's track record it's fairly safe to say that some tweaking and a little bit of extra voltage should see tighter timings and indeed higher speeds out of this enthusiast orientated kit.

While we're on the subject of voltage, the FlexXLC modules require a motherboard with 2.3v VDIMM selectable in the BIOS to ensure that they run at the advertised settings. This certainly rules some of the more 'budget' boards on the market, but shouldn't be any problems for boards aimed at the overclocker. In addition to this, OCZ have provided the FlexXLC kit with a lifetime warranty that allows the modules to be run up to 2.35v.
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Most Recent Comments

04-07-2007, 09:22:27

JN
"Looking for some water cooled ram but don't like the look of those tacky after-market heatspreaders? OCZ may well be the answer to your prayers with their lineup of hybrid water/air cooled FlexXLC modules."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...202050572s.jpg

Linkage

04-07-2007, 09:30:51

Ham
Nice job jimbo. Good set too.

04-07-2007, 09:53:40

FarFarAway
Sexy RAM

04-07-2007, 10:43:04

Rastalovich
Nice, surprized about the price, thought it`d be a bit more. $236 @ NewEgg.

I won`t admit to seeing a pic of these b4 and thinking the water things were somekind of screw-down efforts >.<

oops

04-07-2007, 16:53:21

Mr. Smith
Water cooled RAM and you never tested it under water :eh:



Now I'm left wondering what they could have done. Nice sticks though.

04-07-2007, 19:54:08

Allsorts
That's a nice o/c you managed there. I don't think I've seen a good comparison between passive/air/water cooling the RAM so it would have been interesting to see if there was much of an o/c difference.

05-07-2007, 01:20:24

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Allsorts'
That's a nice o/c you managed there. I don't think I've seen a good comparison between passive/air/water cooling the RAM so it would have been interesting to see if there was much of an o/c difference.
From what I've read at other sites there's little to no difference in OC potential. The heatspreaders already do an amazing job of keeping the modules cool - and I actually found out today that OCZ used thermal adhesive to bond the spreaders to the modules

11-07-2007, 10:44:43

Arramond
ooo i've got 4gb of these in my new rig I didn't realise they were this good I think I will do a bit of playing as I have them water cooled too.

11-07-2007, 10:49:53

Rastalovich
What if u had a tubing, with a tap, just looping the memory, filled with something like mineral oil ?
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