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.