Performance Test Configuration

The Memory testbed for evaluating the OCZ PC3500 Platinum is the same used in our earlier reviews of DDR500 and other High-Speed Memory.

OCZ 4200EL: Tops in Memory performance
Mushkin PC4000 High Performance: DDR500 PLUS
Corsair TwinX1024-4000 PRO: Improving DDR500 Performance
Mushkin & Adata: 2 for the Fast-Timings Lane
Searching for the Memory Holy Grail — Part 2

All test conditions were as close as possible to those in our earlier memory reviews.


 INTEL 875P Performance Test Configuration
Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (800MHz FSB)
RAM: 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3500 Platinum (DS)
2 x 512MB OCZ 4200EL(DS)
2 x 512MB Mushkin PC4000 High Performance (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair TwinX4000 PRO (DS)
2 x 512MB Mushkin Level II PC3500 (DS)
2 x 256Mb Adata DDR450 (SS)
2 x 512MB Adata PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Corsair PC4000 (DS)
2 x 512MB Geil PC4000 (DS)
4 x 256MB Kingston PC4000 (SS)
2 x 256MB Kingston PC4000 (SS)
2 x 512MB OCZ PC4000 (DS)
4 x 256MB OCZ PC3700 GOLD (DS)
Hard Drives 2 Western Digital Raptor Serial ATA 36.7GB 10,000 rpm drives in an Intel ICH5R RAID configuration
PCI/AGP Speed Fixed at 33/66
Bus Master Drivers: 875P Intel INF Update v5.00.1012, SATA RAID drivers installed, but IAA not installed
Video Card(s): ATI 9800 PRO 128MB, 128MB aperture, 1024x768x32
Video Drivers: ATI Catalyst 3.8
Power Supply: Vantec Stealth 470Watt Aluminum
Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP1
Motherboards: Asus P4C800-E (875) with 1011 Release BIOS

OCZ targets their PC3500 Platinum at the Intel 875/865 enthusiast. Since the PC3500 Platinum is not targeted at Athlon, performance on an Athlon nForce2 Ultra 400 was not tested.

Test Settings

The following settings were tested with OCZ PC3500 Platinum:
  1. 800FSB/DDR400 — the highest stock speed supported on 875/865 motherboards.
  2. 866FSB/DDR433 — the specified rating of OCZ PC3500 Platinum.
  3. Highest Stable Overclock — the highest settings that we could achieve with this memory and other memory that we have tested.
These are the same settings used in benchmarking other memory in the above list of memory tests, except for the addition of a 533 value for PC3500.

Index Test Results
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  • hepp - Monday, November 10, 2003 - link

    Great reviews but what I would really love to see(and I doubt if I am the only one) is a shootout between OCZ 3500 Limited Edition with a 5:4 divider and OCZ 4200 EL at 1:1.

    Usual tests at FSB 250 and 280.

    Br
    Hepp






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  • destaccado - Thursday, November 06, 2003 - link

    Well I've been using the memory all day and it definately works at its rated speeds. I switched my pc3200 platinum out and went to 2225 from 2235 and my 3dmark01 score went for 20512 to 20843 stock...Not a huge improvement but about triple what I expected.....Awesome memory and so far I'd highly recommend it.... Reply
  • bigtoe33 - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - link

    To save any confusion i would like to explain this is a new Limited Edition version of the 3500 Platinum.It is based on a limited run of Winbond BH5 IC's that OCZ have been able to buy.Where the standard 3500Plat should run around 2-2-3-5 at ddr400 these should be able to hit 2-2-2-5.

    We have issued this memory as customer demand is high for BH5, but is does have a limited run as BH5 IC's are to be discontinued.

    Any concerns should be mailed to OCZ tech support or me directly at oczguy2@ocztechnology.com

    While Wes does an awesome job trying to help with your OCZ questions he is NOT an OCZ rep and cannot offer the same help OCZ tech support can.

    Thanks.

    oczguy2
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  • destaccado - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - link

    Heh well to put a third post out I just read some of the dirt on OCZ and I must say I'm suprised. Every time I've called their company they've been very helpful to me including telling me who had their memory in stock and getting me discounts from their vendors. I would recommend giving them a chance as I've had lots of luck with their platinum series of memory.....And their RMA service was exceptional the one time I did use it.... Reply
  • destaccado - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - link

    Happened to notice this little disclaimer on the page #1 linked to...
    "I also do not have evidence that OCZ Technology was using beefed up review samples. I only know what I have been told from various hardware review sites - so everything mentioned is my opinion."
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  • destaccado - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 - link

    I build alot of mid-range/high-end computers for people and have used at least 50 sticks of the OCZ el-ddr pc3200 plat and out of them only 1 stick from a dual channel kit has failed...I have never had a problem running it at the 2-2-3-5 timings that they promise nor with any of the other ocz memory I've used. (I use about 90% ocz, the other 10% is corsair who makes excellent memory as well usually do to customers request). While I do believe they did overstate or give golden samples to reviewers at one point. Even #1's own page he links to says "it took OCZ a very long time to get their reputation back. OCZ has since then done a good job of putting out a sold and high performing product - the honest way."
    So basically OCZ did something a lil' dishonest at one point...not much different then ATI with quake 3 or nvidia with 3dmark2003, I don't see you all lining up to buy Volari cards because of this. Truth is OCZ makes excellent memory and because of that I placed my order for this memory at axiontech who just got in in today. I'll let you guys know how it works at the 2-2-2-5 setting on my Athlon64 but I know there won't be a problem. Thanks for the review Wes.
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  • Wesley Fink - Sunday, November 02, 2003 - link

    #4 -

    1) Pat is always enabled on the 875P-based P4C800-E.
    2) The 512Mb modules are double-sided. The higher unbuffered scores are a result of DS performing better than SS on 875/865 and the timings.
    3) I cannot answer whether the original 3200 and 3500 used BH5 chips with any authority. You should write OCZ with that question.
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  • Pumpkinierre - Saturday, November 01, 2003 - link

    I have 2x256Mb OCZ PC3200 platinum on an IC7-G with 2.6C. The system is (4months old). I can run tight settings (2235) to 218MHz at PAT F1 and up to 230 at looser settings. I can not run Street Racer (which is the fastest PAT, despite ABIT's ratings, in bandwidth terms) at any speed. As I am looking to buy more RAM, I have some questions on your article:

    1)Did you enable PAT and if so at what level?

    2)My memory is single sided(SS). Are the new PC3500 platinum double sided (DS)?
    As you wrote in Mem. Holy Grail Pt.1 DS is best for i875. OCZ used to recommend Gold series (DS) for i875/865 and platinum for nforce2 but your article suggests they have changed their minds. I get ~2850 unbuffered Sandra result at CAS 2235 216MHz/PAT F1 but you get >3000 at 200MHz which I dont believe can be totally ascribed to the tighter CAS/RAS setting.

    3)Did the original platinum PC3200 and 3500 use BH5 chips?
    I notice that OCZ has replaced its 4.5ns rating for the platinum mem. chips to 5ns on their website. Is this because of honesty or a different memory chip?
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  • daos - Saturday, November 01, 2003 - link

    i am a firm beliver in anandtech. i would hate to see that he would accept something that he knows isnt the truth to the common buyer. i have seen some crazy benchmarks on the P4C800-E paired with PC4200El. although, on the Abit boards, they tend to do horrible. i, myself, use an Abit IC7 Max3 and would love to buy OCZ's line but im terrified from the horror stories.

    it would definatly benefit AT to run a DDR500+ shotout including Adata's new PC4000 line on the Abit IC7Max3 platform. there are many readers out there that could really benefit from this since the Adata modules seem to run great on this platform. some are reaching 295+ 1:1
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  • Wesley Fink - Friday, October 31, 2003 - link

    here's something for you to read from a UK website that DID go and out and buy Corsair, Mushkin, and OCZ memory:

    http://www.ocprices.com/?rev_id=188
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