Introduction to the OCZ DDR 1600MHz Platinum Extreme Low Voltage
As of late the whole ‘green’ trend is the rage. We see it in everything from home improvement to the vehicle we drive. And if you think computing is immune to it I ready don’t think you have the right to call yourself an enthusiast. It first starting with the hard drives and then rolled over into the power supplies. Now it has hit the memory category. In order to help save the planet we are starting to see low voltage memory roll out. At one point in time it was nothing to give a couple of modules of memory 2.2 voltage to get the highest overclock possible. Know it is about giving the memory less voltage while maintain decent timings. Even if it means giving up very high clocks.
OCZ's newest member to their Platinum series is the Extreme Low Voltage kits. The new line consists of thirty-nine kits ranging from 2GB to 6GB kits and running speeds up to a blistering 2133MHz. It seems that OCZ knows how to get the most from a mere 1.35 volts. The kit we will be reviewing today runs at 1600MHz with 7-8-8-24 timings. We know the kit will run these speeds at the default voltage before we even put them in a motherboard, but how high can they run beyond the stock 1600MHz at those volts? That is one of the things we are going to find out.
OCZ's take on the Low Voltage DDR3
OCZ Extreme Low Voltage (ELV) DDR3 kits are designed specifically for the Intel® P55 Chipset and subsequent Intel® Core™ i7, i5, and i3 (Socket 1156) processors. Configured for dual channel mode, these ultra-compatible 4GB kits ensure optimal performance with an ideal combination of improved lower power requirements, high speeds, and latencies.
Developed for enthusiast platforms that are becoming increasingly more power-efficient, OCZ ELV Dual Channel solutions are the choice counterparts for leading-edge performance, allowing high-speed memory to function farther below the upper voltage thresholds of Core i3 and i5 CPUs, operating at a blazing 1600MHz requiring only 1.35 Volts. OCZ ELV memory helps lower internal case temperatures along with your utility charges as less power is required for high frequency DDR3, offering incredible stability at stock speeds along with substantial overclocking potential.
Developed for enthusiasts and gamers making use of the latest technologies, OCZ ELV modules were engineered with the same affordability and performance standards as the Lynnfield platform. By using sophisticated IC screening methods and qualifying on a variety of motherboards, OCZ DDR3 kits are the perfect complement for the P55 Chipset and choice CPU to deliver the maximum stability. Together, P55 and OCZ memory are the ideal dual channel option for cutting-edge desktops.
OCZ DDR3 ELV Dual Channel Kits are 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and feature propriety XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders for the most effective heat dissipation. Furthermore, each OCZ memory kit is backed by the industry-leading OCZ Lifetime Warranty and technical support for unparalleled peace of mind.