Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 AMD Black Edition Ready 4GB dual channel kit is the type of RAM tweakers and enthusiasts are looking for. It operates 100% stable, but most importantly, it gives you the speeds that you paid for out of the box. More impressive is the fact that it is just as stable at higher speeds, and can easily be pushed to said speeds with just a couple of clicks of the mouse using AMD's Overdrive Software. The software has come a long way and this RAM definitely complements AMD's efforts.
As with most premium kits, you do pay a premium price, yet the pricing isn't too far out there. It is just as competitive in price as other kits sporting a unique feature set. This OCZ kit hits the street with prices coming in at about the $130 USD mark, putting it in line with other similarly spec'd RAM kits.
The benefits of this RAM kit are quite clear. Games will load a little quicker, but you might not get massive frames of difference. However, memory intensive operations such as audio and video rendering will receive a speed boost from the added MHz and low latency efficiencies. Even if you aren't into overclocking it's nice to have a stable RAM certified to work at the rated speeds that you paid for. Especially if your platform of choice happens to be AMD.
In the end, if you are invested in the AMD platform and want to overclock your Black Edition processor as easy as AMD has been trying to make them to be, it's hard to deny the appeal of this kit. I would recommend it to any AMD fan resting their performance system on their platform, or someone who wants maximum capability out of their system for minimum effort.
- 1600MHz rating with low CL8 latency
- AMD OverDrive compatible with Black Edition profile support
- Low profile allows fit under large coolers
- Excellent price
- Some boards don't support Black Edition memory profiles
Overall Rating: 9.0/10.0