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OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 6GB Low-Voltage kit
OCZ introduced their latest Fatal1ty Edition Memory kit in early 2010. The difference between this DDR3 system memory kit and the previous Fatal1ty kits is that the OCZ3F1600LV6GK model supports triple-channel bandwidth and works with a relatively low voltage. DDR3 memory prices are going down and 6GB kits are very affordable now. What happens when you mix a professional video-game player with the design of a memory kit, and is the OCZ 1600MHz Low-Voltage DDR3 kit "fatal" enough to surpass Benchmark Review's performance tests? In this article the OCZ Fatal1ty 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit is stressed to the point of failure.
DDR3 memory prices are going down while DDR2 is getting more expensive. All I can say is that we must surf and take advantage of the prices and products available at the right time. A year ago, when X58-Express platforms were launched, triple channel memory was introduced to our geek world. Kits normally go from 3GB to 12GB, but being realistic, 3GB were expensive enough to say it was too much to spend. Right now DDR3 is getting lower prices and so 6GB are very affordable.
But Servando, 6GBs is too much, right? Most people still use a 32 bit OS such as Windows XP or 2000.
Sure, many people use 32-bit OS but that is changing with time, and maybe it´s changing faster than you think. For example: 42% of the PC users still work with Win XP 32-bit. After that, almost 20% use Windows 7 64 bit. Yes, people use Windows-7 64-bit more than Vista-32 and even more than Windows-7 32-bit. Rumors are that Microsoft is working for 128 bit support on the next OS. Is that enough for you? I bet it is. As far as I've tested, 4GB o RAM is pretty much the best point in an enthusiast PC. But since we shouldn´t use 4 GB in a triple channel motherboard we are "limited" to 6GB.
As a finished goods company, OCZ is one of the biggest memory producers in the world. They have a different system memory kit for each kind of market and they have great quality and support. I must recognize that this kit has nothing special or new at this time. Latencies are ok for a 6GB kit. Frequencies are also good, without being impressive and the cooling system is enough without being intrusive.
So, what happens when you mix a world´s 12-time champion gamer like Jonathan Fatal1ty with a memory design? I actually think there is nothing special on it. You will have a great looking RAM with the Fatal1ty logo on the side and probably an expensive price too. I can´t really think on other than that, but I hope I´m wrong. Let´s have a look at the features and specifications.
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition DDR3 Features
These high-performance memory kits were co-developed with the expertise of the world's 12-time champion to meet the needs of fellow gamers, and are designed to help deliver exceptional gaming visuals and overclocking potential to ensure your high-powered gaming PC maintains unsurpassed stability.
The OCZ PC3-12800 triple-channel memory kits are designed specifically for the Intel CoreTM i7 processor / Intel X58 Express Chipset. Optimized for the Core i7's triple channel mode, these new 6GB kits ensure optimal performance via an ideal combination of low voltage requirements, speed, and latency.
Developed for enthusiasts and early-adopters, the low voltage OCZ Triple Channel solutions are the choice counterparts for leading-edge performance that won't inhibit the functionality of Core i7 CPUs. In addition, modules are tested in matched triplets ensuring superior compatibility.
OCZ's Triple Channel kits are 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and feature propriety XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heat spreaders for the most effective heat dissipation. Furthermore, each OCZ memory module is backed by the industry leading OCZ Lifetime Warranty and technical support for unparalleled peace of mind.
Brand: OCZ Technology
Series: Fatal1ty Edition
Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Capacity: 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Cas Latency: 7
Timing: 7-8-8-26 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Multi-channel Kit: Triple Channel Kit
Heat Spreader: Fatal1ty Branded XTC Heat Spreader
Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime
About OCZ Technology
OCZ Technology Group, a member of JEDEC, designs, develops, and manufactures ground-breaking, high performance memory and premium computer components. OCZ products are the first choice for users needing high-reliability, enthusiast-grade solutions. OCZ continually invests in R&D to push the limits of performance, speed, and value for consumers, system integrators, and OEM clients.
OCZ Technology was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and our commitment to that end-user group has not digressed. Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ was built around the determination to manufacture the very best high-speed memory for overclockers. In this pursuit, OCZ became the first manufacturer to make "dual channel" optimized memory kits available to the public, which originally took advantage of NVIDIA's Twinbank, or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForceTM chipset. Over the last decade, we have maintained that thirst for innovation and performance leadership in multiple categories including power management and solid state storage.
Today, OCZ continues to be a frontrunner in the memory industry, offering high-performance DDR3 modules for the next generation of JEDEC standards. OCZ was the first to release DDR3 Intel Extreme Memory for the X38/48 Chipset, along with other high-compatibility and high-speed modules that were some of the fastest on the market. By breaking speed barriers and maintaining the reputation of quality, OCZ is a name enthusiasts have turned to time and time again for cutting-edge memory solutions.
Now that we've heard what OCZ has to say about the kit, let's take a closer look ourselves.