Features & Design
The concept behind FlexXLC is to remain flexible meaning the 1150MHz frequency can be achieved using either air or water cooling methods. While water does offer a more effective means of cooling, OCZ has stressed that it is not essential.
Each module features 2 rows of 23 fins which disperse heat in case you don't go the water-cooling route. The OCZ FlexXLC (eXtreme Liquid Convention) heatsink delivers superior heat dissipation via a hybrid water-cooled copper and aluminum design, using 3/8 fittings to feed and remove water from the memory modules. While the modules do look very large and quite wide, we found no compatibly or space issues with them when fitting four of them on a motherboard.
OCZ has used special Micron D memory chips mounted on an 8-layer PCB to create these PC2-9200 modules. These special chips, combined with an ultra low noise PCB and hybrid heatsink design, all add to the overclocking capabilities of these modules. The modules are designed to operate at DDR2-1150 using 2.35v of power, though the OCZ warranty will cover up to 2.52v. Given these modules are operating at 1150MHz, we feel that timings of CAS 5-5-5-18 are quite good. These modules are also covered by a lifetime warranty, which makes spending $480 a little more reassuring.
Currently, these memory is only available in 2GB kits featuring two 1GB modules. It is indeed scary to think that 4GBs of this memory will cost a little over $1000. Clearly this memory is reserved for those that have no kind of budget restrictions.
While the specifications and potential overclocking power of these modules is second to none, they are not a value for memory.