OCZ has announced its PC2-9200 FlexXLC line of memory modules, complete with a new hybrid cooling solution.
The new modules are rated at an impressive 1150MHz with 5-5-5-18 timings and a 2.35V supply voltage. This is slighly less than the PC2-10000 we saw Corsair demonstrating at Computex
and we're expecting to see retail modules approaching that speed from Corsair soon. For now though, OCZ's PC2-9200 FlexXLC is the world's fastest memory.
The company claims that the fastest DDR2 modules have exceeded the original projections for DDR2's specifications and in order to produce faster memory, manufacturers have had to amend the operating voltages.
Higher operating voltages mean increased power consumption, increased heat dissipation and increased heat density. In order to maintain signal integrity and high performance at higher frequencies, you need to improve the cooling properties of the modules.
In much the same way as Corsair introduced its Dominator modules with the DHX cooling technology
for its premium modules, OCZ has introduced a hybrid copper and aluminium design that is alterable between passive air and water cooling. Of course, you're going to get maximum heat dissipation when you're using the optional water cooling system.
Along with the new cooling solution, OCZ says that it has implemented an 8-layer PCB with thermally conductive power and ground planes to guide heat away from the DRAM chip interconnects. According to OCZ, reducing the heat density around the DRAM interconnects on the PCB facilitates less crosstalk and thus increases the module's signal integrity.
There is no information regarding pricing and availability just yet, but we expect them to cost at least as much as Corsair's PC2-8888 Dominator modules