Using the integrated benchmarking tool of WinRAR again we see that running 1600 MHz CAS8 seems to yield similar numbers to going 1866 MHz CAS9. The Animal is still trailing Kingston, although not by much, and once overclocked it leaves the remaining competitors behind.
The ability of our kit to operate within safe voltage ranges at 1866 MHz – a solid 533 MHz DDR faster than standard – could indicate that this particular sample was manufactured with 1.86 GHz binned ICs [Integrated Circuits], whereas other kits will be able to reach 2000 MHz everyday stable operation with standard 1.65 voltage.
Having come to expect great performance from OCZ’s DDR3 memory kits, the Animal fits beautifully in their existing DDR3 line up and rightfully so deserves its name. In all, we were delighted and especially loved the concept of a "sleeper kit" being able to go above and beyond the manufacturer’s speed when needed.
In terms of performance it is fair to say we were taken by surprise. While offering good specifications and tight timings for its normal operating speed, the 6GB OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum "Animal" Low Voltage triple-channel kit also offers excellent overclocking headroom.
Thus, on the i4memory community, you can see a similar OCZ Animal kit being put through various tests and benchmarked at up to speeds of DDR3-2232 MHz 9-9-9 - albeit using DRAM voltage well in excess of 1.65v.
For a good three weeks now the kit has been running in one of the BSO* test rigs, and has done so completely stable whilst operating at 1866 MHz CAS9 and at 1.65 volts. For everyday usage we would recommend this setting to you as well, seeing that an increase to 2 GHz really isn't all that noticeable.
Taking the price level into consideration, we think that OCZ with the Animal kit has a real and above all affordable winner on its hands - as proven by our benchmark results. We highly recommend the OCZ Animal to anyone looking to upgrade or replenish their DDR3-based system, and enthusiasts who would prefer not having to rob a bank when in need of buying a 2000 MHz+ capable memory kit.
The OCZ3P1333LVA6GK is available online at around 100 USD, and has been seen as low as 75 USD.
- Price/performance index
- Great overclocking value
- Tight timings with standard voltages
- Lifetime Warranty
- Limited availability
- No XMP profiles
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