Blimey... I just received a new memory kit from OCZ Technology, the team behind the enthusiast products we all love so much. And I had a flashback, the flashback took me back to the first ever "computer" I bought, a speccy. Well I mean, it wasn't even a PC, it was an advanced calculator that could handle 8 colours, had rubber keys, and made beep sounds in 5 octaves. Get this, it had an output resolution of 256x192 pixels and the Z80 processor ran at a 3.5 MHz frequency. A bitching fast and versatile platform at that time, playing Ghost rider in 2 colors at 2 frames per second.
I think that was 1985. The thing where I'm heading with this is that little computer's memory size. See back in those days this "computer" had embedded RAM memory, and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum had a whole 48KB of them, which was a huge upgrade from the initial 16 KB model.
So, today we'll test some new performance RAM memory from the good folks of OCZ, and it's 2x 2GB = 4GB :)
No let's do some math, oh... and also observe what is ahead of us for the future:
8 bits = 1 byte
1024 bytes = 1 KB (1 to 3 digits)
1024 KB = 1 MB (4 to 6 digits)
1024 MB = 1 GB (7 to 9 digits)
1024 GB = 1 TB (10 to 12 digits)
1024 TB = 1 PB (13 to 15 digits)
1024 PB = 1 EB (16 to 18 digits)
1024 EB = 1 ZB (19 to 21 digits)
1024 ZB = 1 YB (22 to 24 digits)
More than enough ... (25 to 27 digits)
Now 1 gigabyte precisely = 1,048,576 kilobytes. Multiply that by four and you'll notice that the complete ZX Spectrum system memory would fit roughly 85,000 times into today's tested 4GB memory. If that isn't food for the brains, I don't know what is. Bloody hell.
And on that bombshell welcome to today's article ladies and gents. OCZ recently released an SLI ready DDR2 800 kit of memory, not that special yet they released a 4 GB kit rated PC2-6400 with tense timings. And that is interesting as the larger your RAM modules tend to get storage size, the more latency they'll get, making them slower in response times. Today's tested memory has pretty okay timings at 5-4-4-15. What these numbers mean we'll explain on the next page by the way.
Next to that this memory, as you will notice, have SLI Ready pimped all over them. It has nothing to do with SLI other than the fact that there are enhanced EPP settings saved in the RAM modules themselves, we'll also explain this on the next pages or two.
The end-result, a 4GB dual-channel memory kit with pretty darn okay advertised timings... but is it any good ? Well, let's find out.
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 review OCZ recently released a SLI ready DDR2 800 kit of memory, not that special yet true; they released a 4 GB kit rated PC2-6400 with tense timings. And that is interesting as the larger your RAM modules tend to get storage size, the more latency they'll get, making them slower in response times. Today's tested memory has pretty okay timings at 5-4-4-15 making this the biggest really fast DDR2 memory available.