OCZ Gold XTC PC2-8800 DDR2 2gb Kit

Test Setup & Settings

Test Setup

Processor: Intel Core2Duo X6800 "Conroe"
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe (unmodded)
Graphics Card: XFX 7900GT Extreme
Hard Disks: 2x Hitachi Deskstar 80gb SATA-II 8mb Cache (RAID0)
Power Supply: PCP&C Silencer 850w
Operating System: Windows XP SP2


When benchmarking the OCZ PC2-8800 I wanted to be sure to cover all angles. Some people like to run their memory at low latencies, some like to run their memory at high frequencies, whilst others prefer a mixture of both settings. Below is some information regarding the testing procedures and their results:

Stock Settings (5-6-6-16 / 550mhz)


Quite often when testing memory modules from other manufacturers we find that they take a lot of tweaking in order to run stable at stock settings. However, with the OCZ Gold PC2-8800 we simply popped it in our test machine, set the BIOS memory options to SPD and was able to enjoy the full speed of DDR2-1100 without any issues.

Lowest Timings at Stock Frequency (5-5-4-10 / 550mhz)


With a little tweaking and a bit of extra voltage I managed to push the modules down to 5-5-4-10, a reasonably respectable latency setting which should give this modules a bit of a boost over stock settings in the benchmarks over the next pages. The modules did manage to clock down to 5-4-4-10, but unfortunately this was not stable and most probably needed a bit of extra voltage.

Highest Frequency at Stock Timings (5-6-6-15 / 580mhz)


Without sacrificing the memory latency, I set out to find the maximum frequency that these modules could run at. After a bit of tweaking and some extra voltage, I managed to obtain DDR2-1160. Not bad at all for modules aimed at the mid-range market.

Lowest Timings Overall (4-4-4-10 / 475mhz)


Dropping the multi on the X6800 down to 8 enabled me to push the FSB on the Asus P5B motherboard to its limits. Using 1:1 ratio for the memory, I was able to hit 475fsb. As this is a fair bit below the rated speed of 550mhz for these modules, I proceeded to tighten the timings.

Managing a pretty amazing 4-4-4-10 at DDR950 is certainly nothing to be sniffed at, and makes these modules ideal for users who are not able to fully utilise the high frequencies of this ram.

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Most Recent Comments

25-09-2006, 12:35:44

*starts to wonder if XMS does actualy have a job...*

Good to see you hard at it though:P.Quote

25-09-2006, 12:37:54

nice and blingin Quote

25-09-2006, 12:40:16

Originally Posted by Ham
*starts to wonder if XMS does actualy have a job...*

Good to see you hard at it though:P.
Yeah i try to keep pointless sleeping to a minimum :sleep:Quote

25-09-2006, 17:56:53

Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Yeah i try to keep pointless sleeping to a minimum :sleep:
lol! I came home today to see 4 new reviews! Good work guys Quote

25-09-2006, 23:46:16

Awesome review Jim. Those OCZ sticks are certainly very classy, and DDR2-1160 on stock timings Quote

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