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OCZ PC3700 Enhanced Bandwidth (DDR466 – 233MHz) CL3.0/2.5



Pence per Megabyte - 26.28
Torture Test at 200MHz – Passed
Torture Test Overclocked - Passed

These modules are part of OCZ’s “EB” or “Enhanced Bandwidth” range. You can read more about this technology here, or for the more technically inclined, there’s a technology white paper you can view here. They are rated to run at 200MHz at 2.8v 3-3-2 or >2.85v 3-2-2.

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

If shiny, mirror-like Platinum heat spreaders are what works for you then you’ll love these modules. With a chrome-like finish the modules look and feel like they were built very much with quality in mind.

Like the PC3200 parts, the packaging used is identical to that used by Corsair with a large, hinged, semi-rigid blister pack offering good sideways protection but not great impact protection from above or below.

Testing – 200MHz

Rank When Tested on a Prescott CPU at 200MHz: 3rd from 18
Rank When Tested on a Northwood CPU at 200MHz: 2nd from 18

Stock performance was very impressive and certainly backed up OCZ’s claims that its “Enhanced Bandwidth” technology allows this CL3.0 module to perform like a CL2.5 part.

An overall second place finish on our Northwood platform was quite some achievement, and its third place position in our Prescott testing rig was only because it was squeezed out by OCZ’s own CL2.0 PC3200.

Testing – Overclocking

Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using SPD settings: 255MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) low ambient of 18c: 255MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) high ambient of 28c: 255MHz

Rank - overclocked performance (high ambient): 6th from 18

255MHz may not be the fastest on test, but it's impressive that these OCZ modules achieved this using SPD settings and manual settings at both temperatures.

Verdict

Overall Rank, all performance parameters included: 1st from 18

These modules are certainly blazingly fast, but there’s a fatal flaw in OCZ’s strategy. The “Enhanced Bandwidth” technology may well allow its CL3.0 modules to perform like CL2.5 modules, but is there any point to this when it’s actually cheaper to buy OCZ’s genuine CL2.5 modules in the first place?

An overall top spot finish is a genuinely impressive feet considering the competition, but at 26.28p per Megabyte, this is the most expensive memory on test, costing more even than Corsair’s fancy LED-equipped 3200XL Pro - though not much more.

A price closer to that of its own PC3200 Platinum Edition parts would have scooped this memory an unchallenged first place, but at its current price it misses out by the width of a price tag.

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