One of the biggest complaints I hear from enthusiasts about new memory is that while it is very fast, because of the huge latency penalty, performance is not as good as it could have been if tighter timings were kept.
This is where OCZ's new EL PC4200 Dual channel memory comes in. While the memory does not run at low latency relative to what we're use to, it does run tighter than most other high speed memory modules on the market.
The 512MB EL PC4200 sticks are specifically rated to run at 266 MHz with 2.5-4-4-7 timings, and a 2.8V. To help keep things cool, OCZ have wrapped everything in standard copper heat spreaders. The heatspreader seem to work quite nicely as the RAM sweated away through benchmark after benchmark.
OCZ Technology's X4W56080D-4L DRAMs indicate that this memory has a 4ns rating, and as with virtually all high speed DDR memory, the OCZ EL PC4200 DIMM's are really geared towards Intel Pentium 4 systems. If the name of your game begins with a big "I" than you'll be happy to hear that we were able to get achieve 271 MHz FSB on an Intel test platform. The OCZ EL PC4200 memory also worked well with the 5:4 and 3:2 memory divider enabled, and that should be handy news for anyone above 300 MHz FSB.
As for AMD users, when it comes to the popular AMD AthlonXP, you should really be focusing on a set of DDR memory that is going to run with very tight CAS latency timings - say, 2-2-2-5 - as it's difficult for AthlonXP based systems to reach very high FSB's generally speaking. On the 64-bit computing front, at 200 MHz the OCZ EL PC4200 memory worked just fine alongside an Athlon64 3200+, but anything higher was a no go..
With a retail price of $577 CDN ($440 US), OCZ's 512MB (1GB total) EL PC4200 dual channel memory kit is expensive. However, if you've got an Intel rig and are looking to add 1GB of some good fast memory, there's basically nothing better on the market!
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