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Poll Results: Is OCZ a good brand for Overclocking?

Poll expired: Jun 23, 2007 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 50% of voters (3)
    Great for Overclocking
  • 50% of voters (3)
    Good for normal use, only decent for OC
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Not Really, try a different brand
  • 0% of voters (0)
    They Suck
6 Total Votes  
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Thread Starter 
How do you guys feel about OCZ memory? What about the memory listed at this link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227191

I have an additional promotion code that will bring the price down to a low $125 for a 2GB set of PC8500.

I currently have two matching sets of OCZ PC6400 in my system, a 2GB set (1GB x 1GB) and the other set is a 1GB set (512MB x 512MB). Both sets have the same timing 5-5-5-15. Is it bad to have memory of different sizes when you are trying to OC the PC? I obviously have them in the appropriate slots, so that isn't an issue

Will I actually notice a difference by switching from PC6400 to PC8500? Is it worth it, or should I just stick with the PC6400? Would it be better to buy a different brand like Kingston?

Thanks in advance for the help, Jon
    
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You won't notice much of a diferrence between PC6400 and PC8500. Yeah, Intels like bandwidth, but we're talking about a few tenths of a second in SuperPi 2MB, and NO difference in 3DMark scores (yes, I tested different RAM speeds... DDR2 667 and DDR2 1000 to be exact).

The DDR2 800 (PC6400) gives you enough headroom to overclock.

Generally, I advice against mixing RAM sizes, but since both are at CAS5 (quite loose by the way), I think you can at least overclock a bit.

Note that RAM runs 1:1 at DDR2 533 speeds (when everything runs at stock). With DDR2 800, yuo can run an FSB of 400MHz before even hitting stock speeds of the RAM at 1:1.
    
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