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Posted June 15, 2009 by Jake in RAM

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by Jake
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OCZ Blade 6GB DDR3-2000

As we’ve seen with Intel’s Core i7 processors and its integrated memory controller, the performance results on triple channel memory modules really start to shine above
1600MHz. These OCZ Blade 2000MHZ modules are no exception, as they’re clearly capable of higher performance (particularly overclocking) than every set of 2000MHz modules we’ve tested to date, easily setting a new record in the lab as our best memory overclock to date at 2146MHz @ 9-9-9-24.

As we saw today when we saddled up the OCZ Blade modules alongside some impressive CSX sticks, we were rather surprised by the results: OCZ stood toe-to-toe (and then some) with the competition in convincing fashion. The Blade modules offer excellent performance out of the box and still have a bit of headroom left for overclocking beyond their rated specifications. Running 2000MHz at CL7 timings is nothing to scoff and, and there are precious few products that can achieve the upper echelon of performance that can surpass the 2000MHz club. Currently selling for $420 USD, they are one of the most expensive 2000 MHz modules on the market. This really goes to show the price increase of the CL7-8-7-20 timings over their other 2000MHz Blade Series kit, which are rated to run at CL9-9-9-30 timings at a much more attractive $140.

The OCZ Blade modules sport some sleek aesthetics, and would look great in just about any X58 motherboard. The heatspreaders are a bit tall, so be aware of the clearances with some aftermarket CPU heatsinks, but they should be fine for most setups. We could only identify one minor niggle with these modules: the lack of X.M.P profiles, which we feel should be standard for higher-end modules such as these.

OCZ has done an excellent job with these modules, showcasing beautiful aesthetics, quality construction, and excellent performance. The 2000 Blade modules will run above 2000MHz, at better timings than any other modules on the market, although at a steeper price as well. If you absolutely have to have the lowest timings on your memory out of the box, without the hassle of having to push them beyond their speed, then the OCZ Blade Series is a fine place to begin your search.

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OCZ Blade 6GB DDR3-2000

Our thanks go to OCZ for providing the Blade modules for this review.

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