See, I told you it was unique.
The important thing to remember is that "unique" does not necessarily mean "good." Does the DDR Booster live up to its promise? We'll soon find out.
When you open up the DDR Booster box, you'll see an instruction sheet, a power cable and the DDR Booster itself. The Booster looks like a cross between a DIMM, a motherboard and... a stereo. No, seriously. Take a look:
To the right of the power connectors are a number of voltage regulators that are covered with a big, passive heatsink. Finally in the upper right corner is a potentiometer that will adjust the amount of voltage the DDR Booster supplies to memory.
Installation is as simple as can be, with the understanding that only a fairly hardcore geek would be interested in a device such as this. Plug the power cable in between your power supply and motherboard, and then plug each of the color-coded Molex plugs into the appropriate socket on the Booster. Finally, install the DDR Booster into an empty memory socket.
That's the short version. However, there are some things of which one should be aware in regards to the DDR Booster. First, it's tall:
Of course, the smart ones out there are saying "Well why not just swap the memory and the DDR Booster?" Good point. Let's try that out.
And for the smart ones out there who are now saying "Well why not just move the DDR Booster to the first DIMM socket instead of the second?" I'll say "good point" again. Unfortunately, a couple of capacitors interfere with the DDR Booster's heatsink, making installation in the first DIMM socket impossible.
If you haven't figured it out by now, it may be difficult to determine whether or not the DDR Booster will work or even fit on a given motherboard. If you're interested in the product, I suggest checking out this page at OCZ's web site, which has compatibility listings for a variety of motherboards. Also, it's important to note that the maximum voltage reachable by the DDR Booster varies between motherboards, so the same page lists the maximum voltage for each motherboard that is compatible.
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