OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

OCZ BlazeOne of the first companies to put forth a good set of triple channel memory was OCZ. Surprised? Probably not. We tested their 3GB 1333MHz kit some time back. But in the quest to get all you can get from a lonely 920 you need some massive bandwidth. That is why we are taking a long look at OCZ’s newest series of triple channel memory, the Blade. The Blades sports new heat spreaders and some incredible timings to go along with the 1600MHz of bandwidth.

 

 

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

Introduction

Now that the launch of the Intel i7 has come and gone the newest processor from Intel is the CPU of choice for many enthusiasts and gamers. But the biggest buyer of the processor is the overclocker. And these same people are the ones that are looking to get the most out of the processor even if the CPU is fast as all heck at stock.

Besides the CPU, in order to get the most of a system built around the i7 you need not only the right processor but a good motherboard and some pretty good ram. All these components determine if you will get a measly 3.8GHz or the 4.2GHz which is the goal of most.

One of the first companies to put forth a good set of triple channel memory was OCZ. Surprised? Probably not. We tested their 3GB 1333MHz kit some time back. But in the quest to get all you can get from a lonely 920 you need some massive bandwidth. That is why we are taking a long look at OCZ’s newest series of triple channel memory, the Blade. The Blades sports new heat spreaders and some incredible timings to go along with the 1600MHz of bandwidth.

What will OCZ have to say

The Blade Series Triple Channel Memory kit is the latest maximum-performance RAM designed specifically for the Intel® Core™ i7 processor / Intel® X58 Express Chipset. The Blade Series harnesses industry-leading speeds at the low voltage required to safely run Core i7’s triple channel mode. With the ideal combination of all the factors that formulate the ultimate memory solution— density, speed, latency, and an effective new cooling design—the Blade Series is guaranteed to please enthusiasts looking to take the hottest Intel platform to new heights.

The Blade heat spreaders aims to enhance heat dissipation to improve the longevity and stability of the modules while keeping a sleek, low profile. The new propriety design has numerous channels that increase the surface area to more efficiently offload heat away from the memory chips and PCB. Push your gaming or overclocking rig to the extreme with the superior thermal solution and unmatched speeds of the high-end Blade Series memory modules.

Whether seeking maximum frame rates in the latest PC titles or yearning for the highest benchmark record, the Blade Series was developed for gamers and overclockers looking to make the most of their high-performance systems.


Specifications

1600MHz DDR3       
CL 6-6-6-24       
Available in 6GB (3×2048) Triple Channel Optimized Kits       
Unbuffered       
1.65 Volts       
240 Pin DIMM       
Pure Aluminum Heatsink       
OCZ Lifetime Warranty

Closer look

I am really in love with these modules visually. I love the fact that OCZ did not have to resort to tall heat spreaders to obtain good cooling. And the lower height eliminates any issues with fitting larger than normal coolers on your processor.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

The solid black aluminum heat spreaders helps to keep the memory running at 6-6-6-24 which is some of the best timings for DDR3 on the market at 1.65 volts. The 1.65 volts are well within Intel specifications for the Core i7 processors and the X58 North Bridge. And if for any reasons you have any issues with the ram, you get an OCZ lifetime warranty on the Blades.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

And if for any reasons you forget what your specifications are, a P/N stickers is pasted on one side of the modules. In our case we have the Blade series: OCZ3B1600LV6GK. Centered on the same side of the modules is the OCZ logo which we are really familiar with. The reverse side doesn’t have much really going on. But there are two screws that are used to hold the two piece heat spreaders securely together.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory


Testing and Results

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

Testing Hardware:
Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.3 @ 1.36 volts
Crucial Ballistix 2gb PC6400
Thermalright Ultra 120
Sapphire Toxic HD3870
Maxtor Diamond 10 100GB
Thermaltake TP1000

Testing Software:
Sierra Entertainment F.E.A.R.
SiSoftware Sandra
Everest Ultimate

Results

Futuremark PCMark05
PCMark®05 is everything you need to reliably and easily measure the performance of your PC and determine its strengths and weaknesses. With PCMark05, you will be able to select the optimal upgrades for your existing PC, or choose the right new PC that fits your specific needs. This easy-to-use product gives you the same tools and knowledge that virtually every professional tester in the industry uses.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

Lavalys Everest
Lavalys EVEREST Home Edition is freeware system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. It offers the world’s most accurate system information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information. EVEREST Home Edition is uniquely available for home users without any charges, based on the freeware license.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

Super Pi Modded 1.5
In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi and he collaborated with Dr. Y.Kanada at the computer center, the University of Tokyo. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with Pentium 90MHz, 40MB main memory and 340MB available storage.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

Sierra Entertainment F.E.A.R. (Builtin demo – Settings on Highest)
“Gamespot’s PC Shooter of the Year is coming to the Xbox 360™ gaming and entertainment system with new levels, new weapons, and more explosive online action – Coming Fall 2006. 
F.E.A.R. ™ (First Encounter Assault Recon) is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first-person. An unprecedented adrenaline rush of close quarters combat seamlessly melded with the spine-tingling, shocking intensity of the paranormal unknown.
Already a critical and commercial smash on the PC, F.E.A.R. will bring a new level of FPS game play to Xbox 360 with brand new single-player content designed to immerse the player deeper in the world of the F.E.A.R. team, as well as brand new multiplayer content created to fully utilize Xbox Live®.”

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

Inserts taken from respective deverloper’s website.


Overclocking

I have spent some time with this set of memory and have learned a lot in the time that I did. The first thing that I realized is that megahertz is not all it is cracked up to be if you have to sacrifice good timings. And with the Blades running at 1600MHz at default who would want to run 1800MHz at 9-9-9-24? Not I. So, 7-7-7-20 is the magic number when trying to come to a happy medium.

OCZ Low Latency Blade DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory

And with the blades I was excited to hit an impressive 1884MHz (dual). At this point we see a slight change in performance from the 6-6-6 at 1600MHz at default. With numbers like these you can achieve that magical overclock and not have to give up any performance whatsoever.

Conclusion

There are quite few things that I can say I like about the Blade series of memory from OCZ. I guess the best thing is the performance and overclocking aspects. At default the memory offers some of the best numbers on the market. At 6-6-6 at 1600MHz you are no way short on performance. And at this speed OCZ gives overclockers as well as gamers the necessary tools for their systems to run at optimal levels. But for those that need added boost and are willing to give up just a little bit of timing, 1900MHz should be attainable with some detailed tweaking of the BIOS. Just by adjusting the simplest of settings we were able to do 1884MHz at Intel’s maximum voltage for ram which is 1.65 volts. And this was at 7-7-7-20.

We also love the fact that OCZ was able to keep the heat spreaders on the Blades to a suitable height not to interfere with the mounting of larger high performance coolers. Unlike the Reapers and the Flex series you should not have any issues with the mounting or rotating your cooler to get the best performance for you and your system. And the heat spreaders also look really nice. With black being the in color for most system builders they can definitely keep the theme going.

The Blades that we received did not support Intel’s XMP features so dealing with the correct settings is up to the individual. But in the case of the Asrock Super Computer motherboard we were using, there is a setting for 1600MHz memory and the BIOS dialed in the correct CPU numbers. I was up to me to setting the timings to the memory’s settings. Many other motherboards allow for the same thing and anyone buying these modules should be able to set the timings correctly.

The Blades will set up back a whole lot of dough. About $350 to be exact. This is pricey for the weak at heart. But if you want guaranteed low settings and high bandwidth you will have to fork out the money for it.

Highly recommended

 


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