Some types of RAM are just hungry for volts, especially RAM from OCZ. Fortunately, for those who like the RAM but do not have motherboards capable of providing it, OCZ also created the OCZ DDR Booster, a "volt mod in a box." Does this device really perform as advertised?
We have reviewed some special RAM from OCZ that required lots of volts to run. Many motherboards donít offer the amount of volts needed to run the modules fast. Previously, there has been only one solution: volt mod your motherboard. Some RAM even required you to mod your power supply as well.
This would void the warranty of the motherboard and power supply. For those of us that donít want to go through the hassle of volt moding our boards, OCZ has made a device to help us with our problems. The OCZ DDR Booster will allow people to boost the VDIMM up to 3.9 volts, more than enough to feed the hungriest of RAM.
Before receiving the booster, I did a lot of research on it. It seems that the booster has many problems. I canít vouch for whether this is true, but OCZ did go so far as to make a second revision to it. The new version looks to be a lot better. As far as performance, it will depend on what motherboard you have. OCZ has a compatibility sheet on their website about which boards it works with and at what volts it can run. The DDR Booster is warranted up to 3.9 volts, but finding a board that it will work with up to 3.4 is hard. If you board works with it, you may need to put it in a special DIMM number slot.
What you get
Upon opening the box I found two Styrofoam cushions. After reading the instructions, I found ou that it seems to be quite delicate. The DDR Booster appears to be pretty sturdy, however, and well made. You also get the power adapter to use with which to power it. Note that, even though the plugs are the same as the Molex cables on a PSU, donít even think about using them. You will fry this, as well as many other parts of your computer, fast. Please us the power cord that came with it.
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