OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600) DDR3 2GB Kit

Packaging & Appearance


Nothing really changes when it comes to the packaging used by most manufacturers on their memory kits. The favorite without doubt, is still the clear moulded plastic blister pack. Maybe this is because it allows for the modules to easily be placed on retailers shelves and gives the sexy modules inside maximum exposure, or perhaps it's because it adds very little extra to the overall cost of the modules. Either way, it's here to stay, and we can see that OCZ have adopted this method on their Platinum DDR3 kit as seen below.

OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Packaging OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Packaging

Contained within the blister pack is a printed card insert that provides a contrasting background to the modules. I was hoping that OCZ may have come out with an entirely new design for this insert, but unfortunately it shares much the same design as the card used on their earlier DDR2 kits.

Around the back of the card are excerpts from previous OCZ reviews by several other websites. It would have been nice to see some kind of specifications table, but as the card inserts are no doubt mass-produced, it would make things considerably harder (and more expensive) to have a different insert for every model of OCZ memory.


The PC3-12800 Platinum modules utilise OCZ's patented XTC heatspreader. The XTC heatspreaders ensure that the thermal management of memory modules is promoted through greater airflow and by means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical stability is maintained.

OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Front OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Back

OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Specs OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Z

For those of us with a keen eye, you will notice that OCZ have updated the XTC heatspreaders slightly for the DDR3 series by placing a '3' at the top right of the 'Z' logo. We could argue that OCZ should have made a more radical change to the XTC design to make the DDR3 kits easily distinguisable, but in all fairness most manufacturers have only made minor changes to their heatspreader designs for the arrival of DDR3.

OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 Heatspreader Off

The XTC heatspreaders are held in place with very thin double-sided thermal tape. This certainly proved to be a very effective method of securing the heatspreaders as removing them was extremely difficult. If you are planning on replacing the heatspreaders with an alternative solution (maybe water cooling?) then I would certainly suggest warming the modules up first and using a credit card to prize them apart.
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Most Recent Comments

09-10-2007, 10:12:22

Very nice review Jim!

Now, lets sort out all those spelling mistakes.. hahahah got ya, only joking!!

None the less DDR3 is finally looking up.. but then you look at the price!Quote

09-10-2007, 10:19:36

How good is that RAM? Absolutely insane!!! Once more peeps start adopting it and the price comes down a bit more I'm on it. Great review as usual Jim Quote

09-10-2007, 10:23:11

Cheers guys. It is indeed some extremely fast ram. Now I'm tempted to crank it up to 2.1v under some water Quote

09-10-2007, 11:08:21

i remember about 3 years ago, i mentioned watercooling ram on the forum, and everybody laughed at me, well, look at this now Quote

10-10-2007, 08:30:40

Mr. Smith
Damn thats some smokin hot ram.

I won't get ddr3 until the price of 2gb is half that price!Quote

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