OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB (250 MHz/DDR500, 3-4-3-8 timings) memory kit is part of OCZ Gold series, targeted to users that like playing last generation games and need high performance memories but with a more affordable price. This kit main feature is its new beehive-shaped heatspreader design, called XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection), which OCZ claims to be more efficient than other heatspreaders available at the market. Let’s see how this memory kit from OCZ goes on our tests.

OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GBFigure 1: OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB Dual Channel kit.

The new heatspreader is really beautiful and has an excellent finishing. It has two parts: a beehive-shaped metal plate, which is attached to the memory module using a thermal tape, and a golden aluminum metal plate with merely aesthetic function.

OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GBFigure 2: Label detail.

The reviewed modules use a printed circuit board (PCB) designed by BrainPower and Samsung UCCC 552 memory chips.

Samsung UCCC’s are part of a new memory chip generation manufactured under 110 nm process, allowing high capacity modules (1 GB per module) with operating frequencies of 250 MHz/DDR500 will low voltage (2.7 V).

OCZ guarantees that the reviewed modules can run up to 250 MHz/DDR500 with 3-4-3-8 1T timings and 2.75 V.

Before going to our benchmarks, let’s take a look at the main technical features of the reviewed modules.

Daniel Barros lives in Brazil and used to be our motherboard reviewer. He is a partner at a local PC sales and maintenance store.