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OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3-1866

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Posted October 6, 2009 by Jake in RAM

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Not all memory modules are created equally, nor offer the same results. As we saw today when we saddled up the OCZ Platinum modules alongside some popular Corsair Dominator sticks, we were rather surprised by the results, and OCZ ran away with the competition in convincing fashion. As we stated at the outset, we do understand we’re comparing apples to oranges, with different rated speeds being put to the test. However, in side-by-side comparisons at identical speeds and timings, the OCZ Platinum modules still performed better. Further, the OCZ sticks could take far greater drops in latency and boosts in raw speed, even though they’re only one speed level higher. By contrast, the Corsair modules simply did not want to move much from their stock settings, both in terms of latency and speed. Clearly, the Corsair modules’ performance is problematic for enthusiasts that want to stretch their system. The OCZ Platinums, however, had no such issues and offered a great deal of flexibility in both timings and speeds.

These OCZ Platinum modules also offer a good bit of headroom when going beyond their 1866MHz 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 blistering numbers on your system. Running 2058 MHz 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 Platinum modules can be found for about $125 USD, which is in the mid-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 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 excellent performance. If you’re looking to jump on the LGA1156 Core i5/i7 bandwagon and want some high performance memory modules that run fast and stable, these OCZ Platinum DDR3-1866 modules are a great option.

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OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3-1866

Our thanks go to OCZ for providing the modules for this review.

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