Introduction OCZ DDR Booster
There's nothing like a one two punch, and since we are teaming the ASUS CT-479 with the OCZ DDR Booster they should be nothing less. Using OCZ PC4000 Dual Channel Gold memory with the DDR Booster should allow us to run the memory at a higher voltage for tighter timings and with OCZ's EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) we can run these modules at 3.0V without voiding their Lifetime warranty, and not voiding the warranty on the motherboard with a VDIMM mod.
What is a DDR Booster you ask? Well the official name to start with is the DDR Booster Diagnostic Device. The device is designed to provide cleaner power to create a more stable memory environment. Plugged directly into the PSU, the booster allows you to adjust the VDIMM, in certain circumstances up to 3.9V. Equipped with an LED to show VDIMM readout the Booster operates in and takes up one memory slot, which may not sound appealing to some. If you've looked at the native Socket 479 motherboards none have more than two DDR1 memory sockets, thus another point for the ASUS solution.
Take note of the OCZ Booster compatibility below, these are only the boards that OCZ has tested in house, but that does not mean it will not work with other models. A quick email to OCZ support would clarify any concerns. Having dealt with their customer service personally, I can contest it's second to none.
Supported CT-479 motherboards listed on DDR Booster Compatibility List
- Use of the DDR Booster with certain chipsets/motherboards may limit maximum DIMM population.
- VTT mod may be needed to reach above 3.0 VDIMM
- Power supply quality may affect DDR Booster performance and stability.
- DDR Booster power adapter may not fit all Levicom Power Supply models due to Levicom's use of a non-standard ATX adapter.
- Power supplies used in conjunction with the DDR Booster must support a -5V line in order for the LED readout to function.
- The OCZ Booster requires a 20-Pin ATX connector and will not work with power supplies that have 24-Pin connectors