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OCZ Blade DDR2 4GB review

Big chunky heatsinks keep this DDR2 kit cool when overclocked

Our Verdict

A great choice for those who don't want to spend a fortune on upgrades but still want to upgrade

For

  • Overclocking offers decent increase
  • Good value

Against

  • Not as fast as DDR3

We've been caught up in the headiness of DDR3 recently, with its mega speeds and 64-bit wonders. But what has become of kits like the OCZ Blade DDR2, its slightly lower speed predecessor?

It's rather cheap now, and an overlooked component of ageing systems. Adding slightly more RAM to your dust magnet PC can give it a new lease of life, like a phoenix coming from the flames, only with less fire. Hopefully.

OCZ's Blade is a perfectly serviceable kit, and an overclocker's dream. We happily cranked it up as far as it would go, and got a 20 per cent increase in memory bandwidth, and a 20 per cent decrease in latency. Those are good things. Very good things.

The memory has a low voltage of 1.80v, which keeps it from getting too hot even if it's overclocked.

It's big, chunky RAM, and the heatsinks do a very good job of keeping it cool. Older PCs tend to have problems with heat as they attract more dust than a Dyson in a crematorium, so it's good to invest in components that don't chuck out too much warmth.

How much will you have to invest? This is our only sticking point: at £52, it's not cheap, expecially when compared to its lower-performance brethren.

But if you're into overclocking, and want to extend your PC's performance by a few more frames, it's an excellent choice.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyBlade
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Memory Size4 GB
Brand NameOCZ Storage Solutions
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed800 MHz
Number of Pins240-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered
Product SeriesBlade
ManufacturerOCZ Storage Solutions, Inc.
Product ModelOCZ2B800C44GK
Product NameBlade 4GB DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module
Manufacturer Part NumberOCZ2B800C44GK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ocztechnology.com
Marketing Information

The Blade Series is the latest maximum-performance RAM designed specifically for the latest platforms. The Blade Series harnesses industry-leading speeds 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 your system to new heights.

Number of Modules2 x 2 GB