The memory aspect of the computer has never really
interested me until recently. My prior system with an ECS K7S5A had no real
settings to optimize memory timings or speed. My past computer setups prior
to that never had those options either.
Just recently, however, I upgraded my computer system with overclocking
in mind, and an integral part of today’s overclocking system is the memory
subsystem. Looking at any computer store, you’ll find a variety of RAM
types. DDR RAM is labeled in two ways: the rated DDR RAM speed and the full
theoretical memory bandwidth of the module. Mainstream is PC2100 @ 266MHz, which
is slowly changing to PC2700 @ 333MHz, and PC3200 can already be found in limited
DDR333 support is now offered by the majority of chipset manufacturers.
VIA and SIS were the first out the door, with Intel and nVidia recently coming
to market with their offerings, the PE/GE and the nForce2 chipsets respectively.
The only chipset manufacturer that hasn’t added it yet is ATI, who is
aiming at the low-end. Hopefully their next chipset will be more performance-orientated.
As I purchased a motherboard with an Intel PE chipset, my base RAM
type was PC2700. Even though I was only intending to overclock my system mildly,
I wanted high-quality performance RAM so that I did not have to worry that it
was the component that was holding my overclocking demands back.
Along came John from RAMStore.ca
who offered 512MB OCZ DDR PC-2700 Rev 3.2 up to CL 2-2-2 1T. This looked like
the perfect RAM type for my criteria.
Here’s a little bit about OCZ. OCZ Technology is a fairly
young company, approximately 2 years old. It has always aimed at the performance
market by producing products that are able to go above their specs. Their core
product is memory, but they also sell accessories such as heatsinks. Just recently,
they started fabricating their own chips. The PC-2700 Rev 3.2 uses these ram
modules. Let’s find out how good they are.