The OCZ Blade kit is without doubt the fastest kit we have tested to date. No sooner had I reviewed the excellent Dominator GT's last week, do OCZ slam dunk them into the history books with a phenomenal, extreme performance 6GB DDR3 kit.
At stock, this kit out performs anything we have tested thus far across all the benchmarks. Sure, we had to nudge the CPU up a few notches to allow us to reach the stock 2000MHz setting but it was plain to see from the benchmarks that even without this minor CPU overclock, the Blade kit simply wiped the floor with the competition. As it is clocked very high at stock I was shocked to find that I could still grab a few extra MHz (128 to be precise) with only a slight drop in latency.
The kit certainly looks the business with understated yet functional black heat sinks. We have had the pleasure of testing two of these kits at OC3D, one kit arrived with a matching black PCB and the other having a slightly less appealing green PCB. That said when the kits are in the memory sockets you are not going to notice thanks to the heat sinks covering all of the PCB anyway. The packaging was very good, with the three kits packed in blister style packs and then a further card box displaying all the features and niceties we all like to see. There is also a handy little leaflet inside which contains info on the modules themselves as well as warranty and customer support information.
Perhaps the biggest, and I do mean that literally, downfall of the OCZ Blade kit is the extortionate price tag. £345 is a very high price to pay for a 6GB kit. Some E-tailors even have this kit around the £600 mark, such is the high demand for such high performing kits! While most may baulk at the price, it was not so long ago that top end DDR2 kits cost this much, and were down 2GB too so all things considered, this is not such a bad price though still out of average Joe's budget I feel. Clearly this top of the range memory kit is not targeted to the masses, it's market is someone who wants the best. With some extreme i7 motherboards now costing in excess of £400 and selling by the bucket load it should really come as no surprise that kits such as the OCZ Blade will also sell well to the high end enthusiast. It's an age old adage but you get what you pay for. Sadly, this is true with the OCZ Blade kit and while the increase in performance may not seem to be worth the extra money, as with all top of the range items, you will always get diminishing returns the higher up the scale of performance products you go.
In short, the OCZ kit offers performance few other kits can hope to match, certainly at stock speed and although the price tag is high, if you want the best you are simply going to have to stump up the cash. I word of warning though, you will need a very good CPU memory controller to allow this kit to perform at it's optimum speed. Performance wise, whichever your preference, be it bandwidth or latency, you have a kit full of win/win with the OCZ Blade CAS7 6GB kit which holds true to it's promise of 'The best performing DDR3 memory on the market'. For that reason alone it deserves our prestigious Performance award.
- Fastest stock kit on the market
- Sexy heat sinks
- Amazing performance
- A ram cooler would be a nice addition
- Hit and miss on Green/Black PCB
- Price will be out of reach for most
Thanks to OCZ
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