OCZ Blade 6GB DDR3-2000
Up Close: OCZ Blade DDR3-2000
The packaging of these modules is rather plain-looking in a white and black monochromatic setup; certainly nothing like the flashy blue and orange color scheme we’ve recently seen from OCZ. Still, you won’t be spending much time looking at the box anyways, as it’s what’s inside that counts. Inside the box contains a simple clamshell design so you can easily pop open the packaging; you don’t need to worry about destroying the entire packaging just to get at the sticks.
The design of these Blade modules is very well done; they are black and they are very sleek. The aluminum heatspreaders have a slightly metallic-looking paint finish, and are a bit unique in their design. OCZ’s memory modules are typically very recognizable, from their Gold/Platinum series to their gorgeous Reaper series, and the Blade design here is a new departure from their existing product lineup. We think OCZ has done an excellent job of capturing a very refined and modern look while conveying a recognizable and slightly aggressive feel. And the bonus here is that the PCB is also black, so essentially these Blade sticks are very stealthy, covered completely in black. We believe the black color scheme would perfectly complement just about any X58 motherboard on the market in our opinion.
The heatspreaders with the Blade modules here are not the tallest we’ve seen (nor are they the shortest), so take care when dealing with a bulky air cooler, as there is a chance you may encounter some clearance issues with certain aftermarket CPU heatsinks. The need for massive heatspreaders is historically well documented for those who overclock their RAM very heavily, as a great deal of heat can be produced. However, as we’ve seen with the new DDR3 tri-channel modules running at a frugal 1.5 volts, and limited to only 1.65V maximum as already explained, not much heat will be produced anyways. Certainly not like the "old" days when you had 2.4 volts coursing through some DDR2 sticks that were insanely overclocked to 1200MHz and were actually quite hot to the touch.
No, the heat produced by these tri-channel modules shouldn’t be a problem at all, so we’re not entirely sure why manufacturers now go to such great lengths to design fancy heatspreaders. Perhaps consumers still expect them, thinking the massive heat (which doesn’t actually exist anymore) needs to be controlled, or more than likely, companies use them as marketing tools. We’re inclined to think the latter. Regardless, OCZ is not alone in this regard, as well memory manufacturers seem to be doing this.
Let’s get down to business and see what these sticks can do.