Product Name: OCZ Platinum 1600 Ram Triple Channel
Review Sample Provided by: OCZ
Review by: Wes
Pictures by: Wes
CL 7-7-7-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Available in 3GB, 6GB and 12GB Triple Channel Optimized kits
Platinum Z3 XTC Heatspreader*
240 Pin DIMM
Packed up in your typical clear plastic clamshell the Platinum heatspreaders really catch your attention. Behind the triple channel kit a blue and orange background really pops. On the back you can find information about the lifetime warranty that is included with the kit. In case you have any problems, they have included both an email and phone number to call and talk to OCZ Technical Support. Overall, there is no way you're going to miss this package on the shelf.
To get a good idea of the performance of the Platinum Triple channel OCZ kit, I used our i7 test rig and ran our tests using Passmark performance test 7.0. I put the OCZ kit up against the Crucial Ballistix Tracer ram we tested a while back. Here are the results.
As you can see, the results are all over the place depending on the test. The overall memory score for the OCZ Platinum was much higher than the Crucial ram. This is due to very high scores in both Small Block and Large Ram tests. The Crucial's Write speed was actually faster than the OCZ ram. Overall the OCZ ram kicked butt, as shown with a 232.4 point higher overall score than the Ballistix Tracers.
I didn't talk much about OCZ's Platinum heat spreaders, but they are very sharp looking. They don't have large heatsinks coming off of them or flashing LED lights, but they are one of the better looking heatspreaders on the market. On top of that the OCZ Platinum 1600Mhz Triple channel Kit kicked the similarly spec'd Crucial ram's butt. When you figure in the great deals you can find on this ram (most of the time it's one of the cheapest kits available) compared to the higher priced Crucial ram this really becomes a performance value.