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OCZ Flex EX PC3-17000 8GB CL10 Memory Review


Author: 3oh6
Date: November 9, 2010
Product Name: OCZ Flex EX PC3-17000 8GB CL10 Memory
Part Number: OCZ3FXE2133LV8GK
Warranty: Lifetime
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You have an Intel P55 based computer. You are looking for memory and slot yourself into the “high volume” sector of the market. There are a few different routes you can go. The standard enthusiast machine is likely to have a 2 x 2GB kit of memory providing a total of 4GB’s of memory. For those in high demand of memory to run virtual machines—for example—you could double that up and be running 8GB’s of memory.

The typical response to running multiple sticks of memory in the past has been that of pain and suffering with compatibility issues, timing problems, and overall discontent amongst users. With the Intel P55 platform, most of those growing pains from Socket 775 days are gone, but the latest craze on the memory stage has been higher density memory modules that offer another route to the 8GB system memory destination.

Today we break out of the 2x2GB mold and look at what is “next” in the memory world.

OCZ Technology announced a couple months ago of its intentions to step away from the mainstream—value—memory segment and focus more on flash based hard drives and the enthusiast lines of memory. The move is to shift its focus to what makes the company the most money going forward based on projections. That is SSD hard drive production and development. What it has also done is afforded OCZ to “grow the high-end memory offering”.

Today we look at just that; a very high-end OCZ Technology memory offering. This kit of memory is high-end in every sense of the word. From the density (2x4GB), to the frequency (rated for operation at 1066MHz), to the newer slim designed Flex-EX water cooled heat sink. The new Flex-EX is designed to allow for 4 module use in most motherboards. That means that if you so desired, you could stick four of these new modules in a machine and have 16GB of water cooled memory on tap. Let’s get started with a closer look at the specifications outlined for this OCZ Flex EX PC3-17000 8GB kit.

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