G.Skill Perfect Storm, OCZ Blade
G.Skill Perfect Storm DDR3-2000 CAS 7
One of only two companies to provide CAS 7 rated parts, G.Skill continues to market itself as a better-value enthusiast brand by slightly undercutting the prices of its competitors.
G.Skill includes a two-fan cooler with its ultra-performance RAM, similar to Corsair’s but with slightly lighter construction. Unlike Corsair, G.Skill puts its retail module and cooler kit in a retail-friendly clear package.
Intel XMP programming allow builders to more easily set those tight 7-8-7-20 timings at DDR3-2000, as long as their motherboards support XMP. Reaching DDR3-2000 with any modules does require increasing CPU base clock however, and most overclockers will probably choose manual configuration.
OCZ Blade DDR3-2000 CAS 7
The other CAS 7 modules in today’s lineup comes from OCZ, its Blade Series Low-Voltage kit neither including nor requiring any added cooling.
OCZ’s low-voltage label must be relative to its former dual-channel kits, since its 1.65V rating is the same as the other Core i7 oriented high-performance packages.
OCZ doesn’t add XMP-2000 programming, which isn’t a big loss since a data rate of 2000 MHz requires base-clock alteration normally reserved for manual overclocking anyway. We would, however, have liked to see a DDR3-1866 XMP value, since that matches an available Intel memory ratio.