These OCZ PC2-8000 modules are not surprising considering the past Micron fat body D chips that were most notably found on the Corsair XMS2-5400UL, which were the first modules to breach the 1000MHz barrier. As of late, more IC providers have been pushing these higher frequency modules. The competition will only heat up from here on out with AMD preparing samples of its Socket AM2, which will be their first shot at adapting DDR2 modules. When it comes to the benefits of the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum XTC EL memory, it boasts breath-taking DDR2-1000 MHz abilities (for those motherboards that can sustain such overclocked frequencies) and it ships with the OCZ-exclusive Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreaders to improve the thermal efficiency. On top of all of that, OCZ does offer its Extended Voltage Protection Warranty.
The OCZ EVP lifetime warranty is still valid even after overclocking and providing up to 2.2V to the DDR2 modules. Certainly, the EVP feature is an important factor for overclockers and enthusiasts. While our specific Abit AW8 configuration with Pentium D 820 was not able to handle running at DDR2-1000+ frequencies, using the AW8-MAX variant we had no problems pushing it beyond 1000MHz effectively. For those seeking a more competitive edge, the Extreme Edition variant of the PC2-8000 Platinum XTC is able to sustain 4-5-4-15 timings. Ringing up at approximately $490 USD for the 2 x 1GB DDR2-1000 kit, this RAM is certainly not cheap. While the value may not be there for those users running stock speeds or only moderately overclocking the system, any computer fanatics may find great joy out of the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum XTC EL with the phenomenal performance possibilities.
Phoronix Product Rating: 9 / 10