OCZ 6GB PC3-12800 Platinum DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit Review

by MAC     |     March 15, 2009

Package & Memory Overview

A little attention to packaging and design goes a long way towards creating a positive impression of a product, so let's see what OCZ have done with this new triple channel DDR3 memory kit.

OCZ have packaged the OCZ3P1600LV6GK in an attractive little box, which is a step above the standard plastic clamshell with cardboard insert that most manufacturers ship their memory kits in.

Once you open the box, there are two protective plastic clamshells. One shell containing two modules and the other containing the third one. These modules were mounted snugly and there was no indication that they could dislodge and rattle around while in transit. The plastic packaging can thankfully be opened by hand, it does not require a knife to open, so the clumsy among you need not fear losing a digit or three.

OCZ have utilized the attractive silver honeycomb Z3 XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader design which is an evolution of a design first introduced on their PC3200 DDR memory kits. Although this heatspreader design is relatively conservative, it is fairly attractive, especially when installed on the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5. We wouldn't mind seeing a coloured PCB, since the usual green screams yesteryear but that is a relatively moot point. The most notable and positive difference between these heatspreaders and the ones used on lesser memory kits is that OCZ have foregone the heatspreader clips, which keeps the overall look sleek and unblemished.

In this close-up, we can see that the modules are double-sided and that the heatspreaders are making good contact with both sides of the ICs. At this point we would be detaching one side of the heatspreader to reveal the thermal material used, but OCZ have wisely chosen to forego the rudimentary thermal tape in favour of a type of thermal cement, which once cured is nearly impossible to remove. As a result, we also cannot reveal to you the ICs used on this memory kit, at least not without destroying a module in the process. Therefore, the true source manufacturer for the memory chips will have to remain a mystery.

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