OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Gold XTE 4GB Kit - Test Setup and Overclocking

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OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Gold XTE 4GB Kit
Test Setup and Overclocking
Benchmarking the OCZ DDR3-2133 Kit

Test Setup:


In this section we will show the setup of the test system for our memory testing. This memory comes with SPD timings of 760MHz at CL5, 914MHz at CL6, 1066MHz at CL7 and 1218MHz at CL8.  It should have no trouble of running at 2133MHz at CL10.  We didn't test the memory at low speeds and started our testing at PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600MHz) at CL7 with a 1T Command Rate.  Our other tested speeds for this kit are the somewhat standard DDR3-1866 CL9 (wouldn't run stable at CL8) 2T, DDR3-2133MHz CL10 2T as well as the fastest speed we could hit stable at 1.65v - DDR3-2202MHz CL10 2T.  This makes it the fastest kit we've tested yet - but that could change soon as more memory just arrived.


Test System:

Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz
Gigabyte P67A-UD3 Motherboard
4GB OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Gold XTE
1x Radeon HD 5870
Stock Intel Cooler
Hard Drives
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Drivers
10.12 Drivers


We only used all four main memory settings for testing the OCZ DDR3-2133 memory.  We use the timings on the label - 10-10-10-30 2T at 1.65v as well as 7-7-7-21 1T at 1600MHz, 9-9-9-27 2T at 1866MHz and 10-10-10-30 2T at the fastest speed we could run - 2202MHz.



CPU-Z CPU Speed (Turbo to 34x Multiplier)
CPU-Z SPD Timings


When benchmarking this memory we put it up against some Crucial DDR3-1600 that comes in at 8-8-8-24 1T for a comparison.  Those results will be on the next page. 



On the next page we fire up the system and put this memory to the test at stock CPU speeds - except for the DDR3-2202 settings - so you can see just how much actually memory speed affects performance.