|OCZ 6GB 1600MHz CL7 DDR3 OCZ3P1600LV6GK|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 24 February 2009|
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OCZ3P1600LV6GK Memory Kit Conclusion
I like to begin memory kit conclusions with a summary of performance to help explain my rating for the product. The OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory kit may not seem all that great when you hear so much about dual-channel kits reaching 2000MHz, but triple-channel architecture is a different platform altogether. The CL7 latency for the OCZ3P1600LV6GK kit is somewhat low, but the Gigabyte X58 motherboards all have a BIOS that refuses to drop below CL6 anyway. The OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory kit didn't care too much for operating at CL6 unless the memory multiplier was reduced, so the only other direction was to push the clock speed higher. Overclocking at the already-maxed 1.65V power rating only offered an additional 32 MHz, so this probably isn't going to be the kit you'll be tweaking past the factory specs.
OCZ has used the 'Platinum' memory kit packaging for many of their most popular products, and without looking at the label you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Since 1.65V causes very little heat on the module, excessive cooling measures are pointless and even heat-spreaders become unnecessary. Considering this, I personally think that OCZ has combined equal parts function and fashion, and deliver an appealing product with no sacrifice in performance.
Construction is one key asset OCZ has in their favor. With an OCZ 'Lifetime Warranty' behind all of their Platinum Triple-Channel memory kits, you can't really go wrong. The permanently secured Platinum Z3 XTC heat-spreader grill helps protect the DRAM IC modules, so all that remains for concern is static discharge damage. Even then, the warranty has you covered.
Benchmark Reviews has tested the 6GB Platinum 1600 MHz Triple-Channel memory kit (OCZ3P1600LV6GK), but OCZ also offers a three-piece 3GB kit (OCZ3P1600LV3GK) kit that is perfect for 32-bit Operating Systems. The lower CL7-7-7-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) latency is going to offer some of the best performance available from any Triple-Channel X58-based kit, so there's really no need to search out higher speed kits that ultimately offer little performance improvement.
As of late-February 2009, DDR3 prices have collapsed faster than the American economy. The results are great for consumers, who can pick-up the 6GB OCZ Platinum Triple-Channel 1600 MHz DDR3 memory kit for last years DDR2 prices. At the time of this writing, NewEgg sold the OCZ3P1600LV6GK memory kit for $149.99, which was further reduced by OCZ's $20 mail-in rebate. Getting 6GB of DDR3 or $129.99 is great, and you can't beat this price! It's even a better price than the $189.99 OCZ 1333MHz CL7 kit.
Without knowing any better, most enthusiasts would overlook a 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit because of all the marketing hype given to 2000MHz+ kits; but doing so would be at their own loss. Triple-channel X58 motherboards favor low-latency DDR3 memory, and OCZ offers the perfect solution in their Platinum PC3-12800 kit. Selling the OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 memory kit at a price closer to DDR2 helps make the new platform more affordable, and the extra overclocking headroom improves the overclock for enthusiasts. Gamers need not worry about the clock speed, since latency is going to be the biggest concern of the two variable, and the OCZ Platinum DDR3 memory kits perform as well as any. I recommend the OCZ Platinum 6GB Triple-Channel 1600 MHz DDR3 as an all-around excellent memory kit to tackle every task it faces, from casual computing to highly-tweaked overclocks. For the price, there isn't a better value anywhere else.
+ Low CL7 Triple-Channel DDR3 latency
- No additional voltage headroom
Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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