Performance Test Configuration

The Memory testbed for evaluating the OCZ PC3500 Platinum is the same used in our earlier reviews of DDR500 and other High-Speed Memory.

OCZ 4200EL: Tops in Memory performance
Mushkin PC4000 High Performance: DDR500 PLUS
Corsair TwinX1024-4000 PRO: Improving DDR500 Performance
Mushkin & Adata: 2 for the Fast-Timings Lane
Searching for the Memory Holy Grail — Part 2

All test conditions were as close as possible to those in our earlier memory reviews.


 INTEL 875P Performance Test Configuration
Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (800MHz FSB)
RAM: 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Platinum (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ 4200EL(DS)
2 x 512MB Mushkin PC4000 High Performance (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair TwinX4000 PRO (DS)
2 x 512MB Mushkin Level II PC3500 (DS)
2 x 256Mb Adata DDR450 (SS)
2 x 512MB Adata PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Geil PC4000 (DS)
4 x 256MB Kingston PC4000 (SS)
2 x 256MB Kingston PC4000 (SS)
2 x 512MB OCZ PC4000 (DS)
4 x 256MB OCZ PC3700 GOLD (DS)
Hard Drives 2 Western Digital Raptor Serial ATA 36.7GB 10,000 rpm drives in an Intel ICH5R RAID configuration
PCI/AGP Speed Fixed at 33/66
Bus Master Drivers: 875P Intel INF Update v5.00.1012, SATA RAID drivers installed, but IAA not installed
Video Card(s): ATI 9800 PRO 128MB, 128MB aperture, 1024x768x32
Video Drivers: ATI Catalyst 3.8
Power Supply: Vantec Stealth 470Watt Aluminum
Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP1
Motherboards: Asus P4C800-E (875) with 1011 Release BIOS

OCZ targets their PC3500 Platinum at the Intel 875/865 enthusiast. Since the PC3500 Platinum is not targeted at Athlon, performance on an Athlon nForce2 Ultra 400 was not tested.

Test Settings

The following settings were tested with OCZ PC3500 Platinum:
  1. 800FSB/DDR400 — the highest stock speed supported on 875/865 motherboards.
  2. 866FSB/DDR433 — the specified rating of OCZ PC3500 Platinum.
  3. Highest Stable Overclock — the highest settings that we could achieve with this memory and other memory that we have tested.
These are the same settings used in benchmarking other memory in the above list of memory tests, except for the addition of a 533 value for PC3500.

Index Test Results
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  • thatsright - Friday, October 31, 2003 - link

    I am extremely skeptical of ALL online/print reviews of any of OCZ's RAM. There have been several verified reports of 'Hand Picked' RAM that was cherry picked just for reviewers. And if you read the Customer Comments on NewEgg.com for buyers of OCZ high end ram, many would like to know why their ram is crapping out at lower timings than what is reviewed here.

    I look at all glowing, 'can't find anything wrong,' 'its the BEST' type reviews as a sham. Sure some will say I don't know what I'm talking about, but I have heard many outraged buyers out their who can't get anywhere with their retail bought RAM sticks, unlike the reviewers who can take it to the hilt with their Evaluation samples. I wonder how AT would do if they had to go out and actually PAY for a review sample. Heaven forbid!

    Heres something to read, to get an idea of what I'm rambling on about. http://news.designtechnica.com/talkback28.html
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