When Intel released the i7 last year, all of the memory manufacturers immediately answered with low-voltage triple channel DDR3 kits. If you didn't know, Intel's VDIMM requirement for memory used with the i7 CPU/X58 chipset is 1.65v to prevent damage to the i7's internal memory controller. Though the standard voltage for dual channel DDR3 memory modules is 1.5v, voltages for DDR3-2000 modules commonly run 1.9v and higher. This posed a definite challenge to the memory guys… regardless of speed, timing, or overclocking capability, 1.65v is it!; no extra voltage to add stability to that high speed or those tight timings.
Today I will be looking at one of OCZ's answers to triple channel, the OCZ Blade DDR3-1600 6GB kit. With timings of 6-6-6-24, we should definitely see some low-latency goodness, and its heavy finned heat spreaders should keep the modules cool. Will the Blade DDR3-1600 satisfy? Read on to see.
Series: OCZ Blade Low Voltage Triple Channel
Model Number: OCZ3B1600LV6GK
Module Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM non-ECC unbuffered
Capacity: 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800)
CAS Latency: 6
Timings: 6-6-6-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Warranty: OCZ Lifetime Warranty