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OCZ PC3200 Platinum Edition (DDR400 – 200MHz) CL2.0

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Pence per Megabyte - 22.93
Torture Test at 200MHz – Passed
Torture Test Overclocked - Passed

With a heritage that starts as recently as 2000, OCZ’s claim is that it was created “by enthusiasts for enthusiasts” and like Corsair, it has built a great reputation in this market sector in a relatively short space of time.

The supplied modules are part of OCZ’s “EL” or “Enhanced Latency” range and are rated to run at 200MHz at 2.6v 2-3-2-5. The “Dual Channel” branding denotes that the modules have been selected and tested specifically for compatibility when used in dual channel memory based motherboards.

The memory chips used couldn’t be identified due to the pre-fitted heat-spreaders. The modules carry a lifetime warranty.

The supplied modules come with mirror-finish silver, or “Platinum” heat spreaders with two silver retaining clips per module.

First Impressions

Good-looking modules, these come equipped with high-shine chrome-like heat spreaders and sat inside a large, Corsair-esque, hinged, semi-rigid blister pack.

They look and feel like only memory equipped with quality heat spreaders can and they’ll have you reaching for the duster to wipe off those greasy finger prints as soon as you’ve fitted them.

Testing – 200MHz

Rank When Tested on a Prescott CPU at 200MHz: 2nd from 18
Rank When Tested on a Northwood CPU at 200MHz: 5th from 18

A solid showing and once again the Prescot platform yielded better results at the stock 200MHz setting.

Testing – Overclocking

Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using SPD settings: 225MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) low ambient of 18c: 230MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) high ambient of 28c: 230MHz

Rank - overclocked performance (high ambient): 12th from 18

230-235MHz seems to be a fairly consistent ceiling for much of the memory on test, though the odd thing so far as these modules are concerned is that reducing the CAS latency from CL2.0 to CL2.5 did absolutely nothing to increase the overclocking potential. To us, this suggests that PCB design or other factors may be to blame, though this is just speculation.

Verdict

Overall Rank, all performance parameters included: Joint 5th from 18

For reasons best relegated to the past OCZ has a slightly chequered history, so it’s a significant achievement that it seems once more to be finding its way back into the hearts of enthusiasts worldwide.

Despite a price that barely breaks the 22p per Megabyte barrier, these modules consistently beat off the best of the rest, loosing out only to Corsair’s 3200XL Pro for an overall second place finish in our Prescott platform testing.

Pegged back a little by its limited overclocking headroom, these remain some of the fastest sticks on test and well worth considering if you don’t need to be pushing your FSB too high.

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