At a retail price of $450, the OCZ Blade may so far have left you a little flat. Sure the performance is good for the slightly lower timings, but that really doesn’t justify the extra $200 over our Kingston kit. Speaking in “movie talk” for a moment, any bad guy can kick the crap out of someone or shoot them. But when it comes to dodging bullets, saving the world, and landing each and every “10” that walks by (all at the same time), no one looks as good or remains as cool as James Bond. Much like Bond, when it’s time to get serious, the OCZ Blade kit left us inspired.
Our kit was able to reach 2147MHz without going above voltage specifications at 8-8-8-24, which puts it above the Kingston kit as the fastest speed we’ve reached on 1.65v.
Just for fun I wanted to see what would happen when I ran the kit at specified settings, but changing that pesky “8” in the middle to a 7. We were able to run 7-7-7-18 without an issue, and did so at just 1.5v QPI. This is very impressive considering that all other kits I’ve had required 1.6-1.7v QPI just to run 2000MHz at 8-8-8-24.
As you can see, memory bandwidth made quite a jump just by lowering the timing just a hair! I have no doubt this kit has much more in it, if you are looking for world record setting memory, they come in black heat spreaders and carry an OCZ label.