Since the release of Intel’s LGA 1156 a few months ago, there have been numerous low voltage dual channel kits appear. If you aren’t aware of it, the memory controllers on LGA 1366 and LGA 1156 processors require a maximum Vdimm of 1.65v. Any higher than that and you will damage the CPU…it may be over time, or it may be immediate, but the damage will be done.
The standard for DDR3 memory is still 1.5v, but most high performance memory has voltages far above that. Many earlier high performance DDR3 modules had a Vdimm of 1.9v-2.1v. It still amazes me that the memory manufacturers were able to make DDR3 memory run at DDR3-2000 and higher at 1.65v.
Today I will be looking at yet another low voltage dual channel kit, this one by OCZ, their Platinum DDR3-1333 4GB kit. It runs with timings of 7-7-7-20, at Intel’s required 1.65v. And of course these modules sport OCZ’s shiny platinum heatspreaders. Will this memory take my i7/P55 to victory? Read on to see!
Special thanks to OCZ for providing us with the Platinum DDR3-1333 4GB Low Voltage Dual Channel Memory Kit to review.
Series: OCZ Platinum
Module Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, unbuffered, non-ECC
Capacity: 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR3-1333 (PC3 10666)
CAS Latency: 7
Timings: 7-7-7-20 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Heatspreaders: OCZ Z3 XTC platinum layered heatspreaders
Warranty: OCZ Lifetime Limited Warranty
Optimized for Intel P55/Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5
The OCZ Platinum DDR3-1333 Low Voltage comes in OCZ’s familiar DDR3 hanging blisterpack. The module’s specs labels are visible through the packaging. Some basic specs are found in several languages on the rear.