OCZ Touts 3GB SO-DIMM Notebook Memory


Perhaps taking a cue from Goldilocks and the Three Bears , memory maker OCZ hopes its newly announced 3GB SO-DIMM kit will prove just the right amount for notebook users looking for a cost effective upgrade. The PC2-5400 part targets Vista 32-bit users and is meant to occupy the sweet spot between not having enough memory, and overpaying for too much RAM.

Tackling a Non-Existent Problem?

Before shrugging off the new kit as another marketing ploy akin to OCZ's Vista Special series or CrossFire RAM , a 3GB part actually makes sense. To truly utilize 4GB (or more) of system memory, you'll need a 64-bit OS. Try installing a 4GB kit into a system with a 32-bit OS, and as Gordon Mah Ung points out in Maximum PC's No Compromises $1,500 PC running Windows XP 32-bit, " it'll likely report only 3.25GB free. "  The extra doesn't get kicked to the curb, and there are ways to tweak your system to better utilize 4GB kits in a 32-bit environment, but the benefits are not the same as those in a 64-bit environment with native support.

2GB or 4GB

Similar in concept to AMD's tri-core Phenom, OCZ's 3GB kit bridges the gap between 2GB and 4GB kits, and according to the press release , the new modules will be " priced aggressively and targeted at the value-minded consumer. " Exactly how aggressive remains to be seen, but OCZ does provide performance specs for the odd-numbered dual-channel kit.


  • 667MHz DDR2
  • CL 5-5-5-15
  • Dual-channel
  • Unbuffered
  • 1.8 Volts
  • Lifetime Warranty
If OCZ prices the 3GB variety competitively against its 4GB brethren, mobile warriors running 32-bit Vista will have a compelling upgrade option in a single kit. Of course, you can already pick up a 4GB DDR2-667 SO-DIMM kit for under $50, or less than a night out at the movies.

Image Credit: OCZ

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