OCZ launches laptop XMP RAM

OCZ launches laptop XMP RAM

OCZ's new range of XMP-enabled SODIMMs unlock extra performance on compatible Core 2 Extreme-equipped notebooks.

If you're a laptop user jealous of all the high-performance upgrades that desktop owners get to enjoy, the time has come for you to rejoice: OCZ has announced its new range of Intel Extreme Memory Profile SODIMM memory modules.

According to PC Launches, the modules are designed to be paired with the Core 2 Extreme range of mobile processors in desktop replacement laptops. The idea is that, using Intel's Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) settings, the SODIMMs will automatically increase the front-side bus of any compatible system – an Intel-approved overclock, if you will.

The down side for anyone expecting a simple upgrade, is that the notebook must understand the XMP SPD settings before the overclock will be unlocked – although there's nothing, beyond locked-down laptop BIOS settings, to stop you manually taking advantage of the overhead built in to the memory.

The RAM will initially be sold as either a 4GB kit or a single 2GB SODIMM. The modules are configured to run out-of-the-box at 1066MHz at CL-6-6-6 latencies, and will be sold as OCZ DDR3 PC3-8500 XMP-Ready. So far, OCZ has yet to confirm pricing details.

The new modules will join Kingston's 4GB DDR3 kit as approved for use with the Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor, although they will require slightly more voltage and run at slightly more relaxed latencies – CL-6-6-6 compared to Kingston's CL-5-5-5 – in order to achieve the golden 1066MHz bus speed.

Do you think that the Core 2 Extreme with XMP RAM is a good fit for a laptop, or should the manufacturers concentrate the high-performance efforts on the desktop where heat and power aren't so much of a concern? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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dec 13th April 2009, 23:25 Quote
seems kinda useless for now. i mean most laptops dont even use core2extreme. im not sure when the quads are coming (core2 or phenom) but this kind of memory is going to be like the laptop quads right now. really expensive
iggy 14th April 2009, 01:07 Quote
fast memory expensive?? no **** sherlock.
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