Gamers want to push their computer equipment to the edge for the best possible performance and in-game experience. This may involve multiple GPUs and CPUs, having equipment that is specially designed to work together, and of course, overclocking.
Overclocking is nothing new, but it can still be a risky and time consuming effort that not everybody would care to get involved with. Many manufacturers have made it easier to boost the performance of their processors, video cards, and memory through BIOS and software settings for years, but nVidia has implemented something new on their recent SLI-based motherboard chipsets (the 590 and 680 series for example).
EPP, or Enhanced Performance Profiles, allows for EPP-ready memory to be "self-tuned" for the best performance possible on compatible motherboards. The OCZ Technology
PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready Dual Channel 2GB DDR2 Kit provided for review is rated with a default speed of 800MHz and timings of 5-4-4-15 and 2T, but they can be run at 4-4-4-15 and 1T on systems that can take advantage of EPP. The tighter timings, and especially the 1T command rate, should provide a quick and easy performance boost to an EPP-ready system without the need for overclocking. If that isn't enough for you, an EPP-ready motherboard is ready to hold your hand for some basic overclocking, as well.
Before taking a look at the PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the OCZ technology website...
» 800MHz DDR2
» EPP 4-4-4-15 1T (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
» Non-EPP 5-4-4-15 2T
» Available in 1024MB Modules and 2GB (2x1024) Dual Channel Kits
» Titanium XTC Heatspreader
» OCZ Lifetime Warranty
» 2.1 Volts
» 240 Pin DIMM
» Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP)
» 2.3V EVP OCZ EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) is a feature that allows performance enthusiasts to use a VDIMM of 2.3V ± 5% without invalidating their OCZ Lifetime Warranty.
The packaging is standard for memory today; a plastic snap pack with slots for both sticks of RAM. There is a cardboard insert which is almost identical to any other OCZ Technology
memory, and it provides very little information regarding the exact specifications of the memory inside. On the back side it provides you with some information about why OCZ Technology is so popular with a few brief comments from various review sites.