OCZ 4GB DDR3-1600 Intel XMP
We’ve seen several LGA1156-optimized memory modules lately, so what’s so special about these OCZ sticks? Simple: they run fast and stable, and conveniently overclock with the help of the XMP profiles. With the XMP profiles already pre-configured, you just set it in the BIOS and forget it, no tweaking required. It is that easy, and they run entirely stable.
These OCZ XMP Edition modules also offer good bit of headroom when going beyond their 1600MHz rated speeds. The tolerances and returns are smaller the higher you go in the speed department, but these modules have sufficient gas left in the tank to reach some very good numbers on your system. Running 1936MHz is nothing to scoff at. These sticks also proved to be very easy to overclock, and not touchy to voltage tweaks at all, which is always a blessing when trying to find the limits of your memory and overclock settings.
These 4GB XMP Edition modules can be found for about $135 USD, which is in the upper price range in its market segment. This is a bit surprising since OCZ modules have typically been offered at some of the most competitive prices you’ll find, so it’s somewhat disappointing to see a price that ideally might be about $20 lower. Nonetheless, you do get some very capable modules at the listed price and the convience of the XMP profiles does come with a bit of a premium. Based on the performance though, we can’t really complain about much other than the cost.
OCZ has done a great job with these modules, showcasing sharp aesthetics, quality construction, and very good performance. If you’re looking to jump on the LGA1156 Core i5/i7 bandwagon and want some memory modules that have convenience built right in, OCZ XMP Edition DDR3-1600 modules are a great option.
OCZ XMP Edition 4GB DDR3-1600
Our thanks go to OCZ for providing the modules for this review.