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Saying OCZ is not a great memory company would be saying overclocking is pointless and no fun. Are you nuts? I should just slap you in the head if you think that way and still call yourself a PC enthusiast. The main reason why OCZ is a top notch memory provider is because they listen to the cries and whines of consumers. They provide the solutions to our demands. When the 2GB frenzy began, OCZ was one of the first, if not the first, to provide a 2GB solution that was rated faster than PC3200. I was skeptical about the Gold PC4000 that used Samsung UCCC ICs. The memory sounded fantastic, but the timings were rather poor at 3-4-4-8. I have to be honest and say that I was accustomed to TCCD's rather tighter timings at insanely high speeds. 250MHz with latencies of 3-4-4-8 was just a shrug to me. I expected better, especially from OCZ. After spending time experimenting and learning various 2GB solutions, I looked in the mirror and told myself not to look down on OCZ anymore. High clocking 2GB solutions are very hard to find and the trade-off with looser timings for the larger capacity is more than understandable. That was their first answer to the demand of enthusiast 2GB kits.
The second answer came with the release of the Platinum PC4000 EB. These modules featured Infineon CE-6 ICs and were capable of running 250MHz+ with timings of 3-3-2. While many of you will think that those timings are nothing to brag about, the truth is that those timings are exceptional. I would say running the CE-6 at 265MHz-270MHz at 3-3-2-8 game stable is equivalent to TCCD running at 300MHz 2.5-3-3-6. Yes, that is how good those CE-6 are, even if it is picky about certain integrated memory controllers or have game stability issues at high speeds.
Now we get to the third solution from OCZ--heatspreaders. Enthusiasts have been complaining about heatspreaders for decades now and companies never really respond to them. One of the reasons is that heatspreaders are considered to be a commodity more than a necessity. From my point of view, I see heatspreaders as a way for companies to distinguish themselves. What enthusiasts complain about is the heat trapping issue. OCZ has taken the time and developed their XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders. These new heatspreaders are designed with honeycomb openings to allow heat to escape quickly and work even better with airflow. Is it just a gimmick or will it be the next best thing since sliced bread? That will be hard to tell, but it can only mean one thing--overclocking the memory will no longer be affected by trapped heat.