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OCZ Platinum Edition DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) Triple-Channel Memory Kit

Date: June 22, 2010
Product: OCZ3P1600LV6GK
Company: OCZ Technology
Author: Patrick Rader

Test Setup, Methodology, and Benchmarks Used:

Intel Test System
Motherboard: EVGA E758-A1
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Cooling: Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120
Video Card: EVGA GTX 260 216 896MB
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

We started out with a clean install of Windows 7 and performed all the Windows updates to bring it up to current levels as of when this review was written. Then we installed all out benchmark programs and ran a disk defrag. Afterwards we disabled some un-needed Vista features that could affect results such as SuperFetch, System Restore, Defrag, Indexing, and Remote Assistance. Furthermore we ran the Bapco Auto-Configuration Tool and used its "Level 3" settings which disables a bunch more stuff:

  • Disables screen saver
  • Disables Windows Update
  • Disables Desktop Cleanup Wizard
  • Disables User Account Control (UAC)
  • Disables the Sidebar
  • Disables Windows Security Center warning messages
  • Disables Windows Firewall
  • Disables incoming Remote Desktop connections
  • Disables Windows Error Reporting to Microsoft
  • Prevents the Welcome Center from running at startup
  • Disables Windows Defender

Each of the benchmarks were run at least five times, with the average being reported.

 

The following benchmark tests were performed:

We used MemTest86+ and Prime95 to check for stability when overclocking. If we say "stable", it means that the memory was stable through many loops of MemTest86+ & Prime95. If the memory could not run through MemTest86+ without giving errors, we did not even bother to boot into Windows to test Prime95.

When testing memory, there are a million different ways one can test it, timings, voltages, FSB, all play an important role. For review purposes we try to focus on the overall performance of the memory, as each module will perform different on various setups. For overclocking we simply increased the BCLK (base clock) gradually and tested until the memory was no longer stable.

 





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