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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Friday, 12 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 Memory
OCZ Blade ST Specifications
Closer Look: OCZ Blade ST Memory
SPD and Overclocking Results
RAM Testing and Results
Benchmark Test Results
Application Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 Kit

The max speed officially supported on a Core i3/i5 CPU is 1333MHz, and most will know too well that that even lower priced Intel H55/P55 Motherboards can support a 200 BCLK. If you like to dabble in the dark art of overclocking there are a few good reasons to choose a 2000MHz (PC3-16000) RAM kit. Firstly you have the options of lower voltage and tighter timings at lower speeds, and next you have the added benefit of higher memory bandwidth at the top speed. Last but not least though is the overclocking headroom, sure you could try to push your 1600MHz kit to 2000MHz but there are not too many kits that will do that, and you will certainly have to pay a premium. OCZ have a broad range of DDR3 RAM from basic to extreme, today Benchmark reviews will be testing the Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage Dual Channel 4GB Kit (PN: OCZ3BST2000LV4GK) priced at $106.99 for your reading pleasure.

The Blade ST 2000MHz kit from OCZ runs at its rated speed with CL9-9-9-24 timings @ 1.65v. During testing we were able to lower these timings and the voltage but along with this was the sacrifice of speed, unfortunately it wasn't possible to tighten the timings or lower the voltage at the rated speed.

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The OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz RAM kit is designed specifically for i3/i5/i7 CPU's based on the Intel P55 chipset, although looking at the color scheme one might believe otherwise. As long as your setup can support the rated voltage of 1.65v there is no real reason why an AMD system couldn't take advantage of this kit, this is further backed by the SPD table (which we will get into later in this article).

Manufacturer: OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
Product Name: Blade ST Low-Voltage Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
Model Number: OCZ3BST2000LV4GK
Price As Tested: $170.99 at Amazon

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by OCZ.



 

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# RE: OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 MemoryDoug 2010-11-12 00:01
I know you can resize browser text, but why create web pages with 3px font in the first place?
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# RE: RE: OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 MemorySteven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-11-12 00:20
The text is much smaller than it is supposed to be, let us look into it and it shall be repaired.
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# RE: RE: RE: OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 MemoryOlin Coles 2010-11-12 08:04
I've removed the formatting, and it should be fixed now. Time for a discussion on pasting from Word...
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# Low VoltageServando Silva 2010-11-12 07:54
It's funny how OCZ still thiks low voltage is 1.65v when there are 1.2-1,3v kits nowadays and 1.65v is the standard.
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# RE: Low VoltageAdam 2010-11-12 10:45
Oddly enough OCZ do make proper low voltage kits as well, 1.35v.
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# Not at this speedBruceBruce 2010-11-12 11:02
I only see a couple of choices at Newegg that are lower voltage AND are running 2000MHz. None of them are below 1.55V. Higher speed generally requires higher voltage, at the same technology node.
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# RE: Not at this speedServando Silva 2010-11-12 11:59
Sure, but for 1.65v there are 2400-2600MHz kits, and there's no need to name them as "low-voltage" kits because they're for "extreme" enthusiasts.
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