OCZ 2x1GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum EB Review

by 3oh6     |     November 20, 2007


The memory we will be looking at is the 2x1GB version of these modules but as we can see from the part numbers to the lower right, we can get this memory in 1GB or 2 GB sticks as well as dual-channel kits of 2GBs and 4GBs respectively. To the left, the graphic outlines the specifications of the PC3-12800 Platinum EB modules including a rated operating voltage of 1.9v with warranty provided up to 1.95v. This will allow plenty of room for some decent overclocking and should bring some exciting results in that section.

The Enhanced Bandwidth editions of OCZ memory are similar to the standard version of a specific model but with a small adjustment to the rated latencies they can run at the specified frequencies. By decreasing the latency of the memory the bandwidth is increased, hence, the name Enhanced Bandwidth edition. These particular EB modules are rated for 7-6-6 timings on Asus motherboards as opposed to 7-7-7 at the rated operating frequency of the standard modules.

The muscle behind the OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 EB Edition modules is likely going to be Micron D9GTR. The heatspreaders have not been removed as damaging the modules would just be senseless violence which Hardware Canucks does not condone. The thinking behind the fact that they are D9GTR is based on how they 'act'. This will become clear in the overclocking section later on. A few key specifications of the D9GTR IC is that it is designed for operation at 533MHz with timings of 7-7-7 at 1.5v. The other important feature of D9GTR ICs is that the density of the ICs offers the ability for 1GB modules with only eight banks which means 1GB modules come with only a single side populated. Double sided modules will therefore be 2GB in size and potentially offer high clocking 2GB modules which are difficult to find in the DDR2 world.

Other features of this memory include the proprietary, and easily recognized, platinum-mirrored XTC heatspreader. XTC stands for Xtreme Thermal Convection and has been used on OCZ modules since their introduction around December of '05 if memory serves me correct.
It doesn't seem like that long ago but I guess two years have passed since the XTC inception. It looks like the critics of the XTC heatspreader were a little off in their prediction that the XTC heatspreader was going to be irrelevant for any amount of time.

The final point worth discussing is the fact that this and every kit of OCZ performance memory is hand tested before packaging ensuring reliability and a high level of quality. If for any reason the modules should fail, OCZ provides one of the most comfortable and easy RMA services there is providing hassle-free life time warranty for their DDR3 memory. The OCZ service isn't just for when your memory goes bad, their technical support is also top drawer. The OCZ Support Forum is full of helpful guys including Eric, Tony, and other OCZ staffers. There is even a setup guide for this particular memory on the Asus P5K3-Dlx motherboard from Tony that can easily be found in the support forum.

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