OCZ makes excellent memory for overclocking enthusiasts. Does their VX memory live up to the company's reputation? Find out why John Aubrey thinks the VX might become the new favorite RAM among overclockers.
Though OCZ recently jumped into the power supply market, the company started producing memory in 2000. From a jump start company in 2000 they have grown into one of the best memory companies around today. When the top overclockers need some RAM, they look to OCZ to provide the speeds and stability to power their world record breaking speeds.
So how exactly did they do it? As a computer enthusiast I know that enthusiasts want high speed memory, great customer service and stability. OCZ recognized what people want and kept on delivering time and time again. Now it is time to check out the OCZ VX memory. The VX stands for Voltage eXtreme, and these sticks need extreme voltage.
What you get
This is the 1 GB dual channel kit of the OCZ VX PC3200. They also make a PC4000 version of the same memory. With most memories you get the memory and a warranty that says "you overclock, theyíre yours forever." In other words, if you overclock, you have no chance to RMA them ever. With OCZ, instead of warranting clock speeds, they warrant against too many volts. So how many volts could you pump into these modules and still keep your warranty? Try 3.5 volts. While many other companies only offer warranties that last for a year or two, OCZ will cover them for a lifetime.
One of the great things I encountered when dealing with OCZ is the friendliness and commitment to consumers by OCZ employees. Over the different forums I stop by, I frequently see OCZ employees answering questions about their RAM, and what you can expect from different types of RAM. If there was one moment when I knew that OCZ was the very best with customer service, it was when I saw one employee helping someone with a power supply problem. They ended up fixing it. That wasnít the part that amazed me; what amazed me was that it was 3 AM! When you buy any OCZ product, you are getting the backing of everyone at the company, as well as an outstanding warranty.
Since the PC4000 and PC3200 have the same chips, what is the difference? There really isnít any difference, other than the speeds they can hit with certain volts straight off the truck. Once OCZ gets a shipment of chips in they hand test, yes, hand test each and every module at a certain timing and speed. The modules that can reach DDR500 with 2-2-2-8 timings at 3.3 volts are marked as the PC4000; everything else is tested at DDR400 2-2-2-8 at 3.2 volts. You may still be able to get DDR500 after a proper burn in. If your motherboard canít provide that many volts, OCZ makes a DDR Booster to provide some extra juice for you. Enough with this, let's go play with the memory!
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