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OCZ's PC3000 memory


Seduce 195MHz out of your front-side bus
— 12:00 AM on February 25, 2002

ManufacturerOCZ
ModelDDR PC3000 memory
Price (256MB DIMM)US$89
AvailabilityNow

EVER START TALKING TO a really gorgeous girl, only to have her get less and less attractive the more she says? "Like, whatever!" It seems that, generally speaking, the better looking something is, the less substance there is behind that beauty. It's actually pretty depressing. However, there are a precious few whose beauty is equaled, and even surpassed, by their personalities.

OCZ's new DDR PC3000 memory is simply gorgeous. Its red PCB and matching heat spreader can turn even the most reserved geek's head.

So OCZ has nailed the looks, but does this fancy memory they have the personality to back it up? For PC hardware, a great personality manifests itself in stability and performance. It doesn't hurt if it's a cheap date, either.

Did our date with OCZ's DDR PC3000 memory live up to the claims of 366MHz at CAS 2.5? Would we go out with her again? Read on to find out.

The lady in red
OCZ's DDR PC3000 memory consists of a red PCB and your choice of one of three colored heat sinks. It's only RAM, folks. There's only so much you can do.


OCZ's DDR would be pretty enough for even a Mac


Eight hand-picked Hynix chips per side

RAM doesn't get that hot, but OCZ specs a simple heat spreader on its PC3000 memory just in case.


This isn't a processor; a thermal pad works just fine


Thin enough

While I'm not sure how effective the heat spreader is, it doesn't add any problematic girth to the DIMM. You should still be able to load up your motherboard's DIMM slots without the heat spreaders blocking access to any of them. The spreaders will, however, diminish the airflow between the DIMMs you have plugged in.


The heat spreader in its initial position gets in the way

Unfortunately, the heat spreader on our review sample was a little off center, making it impossible to securely clip into the motherboard's DIMM slot. It seemed like a simple fix at the time: just pop off the heat spreader and nudge things over a little. Unfortunately, the heat spreader is a real pain to remove.

I don't foresee many mismounted heat spreaders slipping through the cracks at OCZ, but be sure to check before trying to secure the DIMM to your motherboard with a hammer.


Hynix's chips are fresh out of the fabs

OCZ uses hand-picked Hynix chips in its DDR PC3000 memory, but the markings on the DIMMs don't match anything in Hynix's part number decoder. A similar part number can be found in this press release describing Hynix's latest DDR chips, undoubtedly the same chips found on the OCZ PCB.

It's worth pointing out that OCZ's PC3000 moniker really isn't anything official. OCZ claims that it surpasses the PC2700 standard, but there's no official PC2700 standard for them to surpass yet.