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OCZ DDR Booster

Essentially the DDR Booster is a piece of hardware that gives you more control over your motherboards VDIMM, supporting up to 3.9V ( I tested it out and found out it could give you more than 4.1V). The DDR Booster comes with a 12V 20 pin ATX adapter and has a yellow and blue molex connected to it. It has a 2 digit LED display that reads the VDIMM digitally. The LED display can come in colors of Red, Yellow and Green. Apparently the Yellow displays were only for promotional purposes.

The DDR Booster comes in the shape of a standard DDR DIMM. It has 3 heatsinks that sits on 4 mosfets at one end and a knob on top of it with a warning sticker. It is solidly built and all the parts don’t seem to be loose or flimsy.

The wires on the 20 pin ATX adapter are also very sturdy and the molex wires were wound up very nicely so that it looks neat. It is good that OCZ is paying attention to all these small details, because some overclockers are also case modders! Talking about small details, you can also adjust the reading on the LED display when it is not displaying the correct VDIMM value with a small screwdriver via a small adjustment screw below the LED display. This makes the DDR Booster quite accurate, and according to OCZ, it is rounds up the readout up to the nearest 1/10th of a volt.

Installation is very simple, just like swapping DDR DIMMs.. First, you need to locate an unoccupied DIMM slot. The best slot would be a slot where you can view the LED display without any obstruction and where you can reach the adjustment knob with ease. Just push the DDR Booster into the slot until the DIMM socket clips snap into place. Then disconnect the power supply’s 12V 20 pin ATX main line and connect it to the “female” side (the one with small holes in the pins) of the adapter that OCZ supplied. Then connect the “male” side (the one with sharp pins) to the motherboard. Now take note, make sure that you have the DDR Boosters voltage adjustment knob turned as far counter clockwise as possible. This is to reduce the probability of your memory getting a 4V surge and damaging the itself. Lastly, connect the blue and yellow molex to the DDR Booster according to the corresponding color receptacles.

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