DDR3 Memory Round-Up: Corsair, Kingston, OCZ, Super Talent



Representing OCZ in this round-up is the company's OCZ3P1600EB2K 2GB memory kit.  As its name implies, the OCZ3P1600EB2K kit is rated for operation at 1600MHz (800MHz DDR).  It's also rated for 7-6-6-20 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) timings and requires a 1.9v feed.


Specifications and Features


"The PC3-12800 EB (Enhanced Bandwidth) Edition is built with ardent enthusiasts in mind, featuring the ideal balance of sheer DDR3 speed and enhanced timings. This memory is specially designed and optimized for the latest generation of ASUS motherboards. As one of OCZ’s legendary Enhanced Bandwidth (EB) editions, the DDR3-1600 Platinum EB increases effective memory bandwidth through the optimization of memory latencies between the system memory, the chipset, and memory controller. At 1600MHz, the PC2-12800 EB edition is rated for 7-6-6 timings on ASUS platforms."


  • 1600MHz DDR3
  • CL 7-6-6-20 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • Available in 1GB and 2GB Modules
  • Unbuffered
  • Platinum Z3 XTC Heatspreader*
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 1.9Volts
  • 240 Pin DIMM
  • Optimized for ASUS boards

Special Features

  • 1.95V EVP**


* XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders optimize the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow by means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical stability is maintained.


** OCZ EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) is a feature that allows performance enthusiasts to use a VDIMM of 1.95V without invalidating their OCZ Lifetime Warranty.

OCZ's OCZ3P1600EB2K DDR3-1600 Memory


The matched paid of 1GB DIMMs used in the OCZ3P1600EB2K kit are adorned with OCZ's XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convenction) heat spreaders, which feature a perforated honeycomb design that's meant to increase surface arean and allow for air to circulate through the heat spreader to the PCB and chips beneath. This kit also features OCZ's EVP (Extended Voltage Protection).  What EVP does is allow overclockers and power users to increase the memory voltage to as high as 1.95V without invalidating OCZ's Lifetime Warranty.


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