OCZ Reaper PN – OCZ2RPR8002GK Review
2. First Impressions
OCZ first entered the memory market in the year 2000. They have been the primary source of memory for overclockers for more than 7 years and continue to amaze consumers with their innovative products. OCZ has introduced the new “Reaper” series with its ground-breaking HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) technology.
Today I’ll be testing the entry level modules of the “Reaper” series; the PN – OCZ2RPR8002GK.
This kit is available for Americans at a low price of 129.99 USD after the mail-in rebate: Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
2. First Impressions:
The ram was concealed in a tough, plastic container. It had a cardboard insert behind the ram, advertising its HPC technology, and warranty information. The ram heatsinks must be the most aggressive looking things I have ever seen! Each side of the module has a thick piece of alloy which is connected to an oval copper tube, leading up to another small heatsink.
The modules weigh quite a bit, so be careful not to drop them onto your toes! Another thing to be aware of is installation; be sure to install the modules slowly, or risk cutting yourself on the top part of the heatsink.
In total, I give the PN – OCZ2RPR8002GK’s 10/10 for visuals. The packaging was ordinary; but the actual ram heatsinks added flavor to the whole kit. I have to mention that I have never seen something so beastly in all my years of computing. Now that we have all the physical features down, let’s get into the juicy stuff!
I will be using dual SuperPI 32M to test the stability of these modules when overclocking. It’s a good way to establish whether the overclocked speed is stable or not. Using dual SuperPi 32M is by no means an easy route to testing a 24/7 stable computer. I will be doing an 8 hour orthos test, running within OCZ’s warranty (2.2V). All speeds recorded are over DDR2-800 and the modules were tested with memtest86 prior to the overclocking to make sure they weren’t defective.
The Reapers work with no struggle at their advertised speeds:
I attempted to test the speed of DDR2-800, 3-3-3-8 with volts 2.25-2.45 and received no sign of stability. (Didn’t even boot into windows)
DDR2-825, 4-4-4-12 was accomplished with 2.25V:
DDR2-861, 4-4-4-12 was accomplished with 2.35V
Sadly, adding more voltage decreased the stability of these modules. (Past 2.35V)
DDR2-921, 5-5-5-15 was achieved with 2.25V:
DDR2-969, 5-5-5-15 was accomplished with 2.35V:
Adding more voltage to these modules decreased stability.
I give this kit 6/10 for performance, see the conclusion for more details.
These modules are definitely the most exotic looking things I've ever seen. I was impressed with the way OCZ implemented great looks on mid-range ram. I was really disappointed with the overclocking results; the max amount of volts I could push into this set was 2.35V with loose timings, and still was not able to achieve DDR2-1000. On the bright side, most ram running at 2.35V becomes hot to touch, but the Reaper HPC technology proved to be useful and stayed cool.
I recommend this kit to those who are somewhat in the overclocking scene and for those who love aggressive looking computer components.
-Doesn't meet an enthusiast's level of performance
-Doesn't respond well to voltage
I give the Reapers a total of 8/10!
I'd like to thank Lisa@OCZ for helping me get things sorted and for supporting me!
(Orthos test will be included in the next post)
*Sorry about the quality of the pictures. I will take better pictures when I find my camera*
I would like to see those heatpipes on some nice voltage lovin DDR:bananafunky:
Lots of bling but not alot of bang.IMO
Still nice stuff.
Are you overclocking using a software program or directly through the BIOS?
You seem to have a knack for ram reviews!
I love the look of this ram:clap:
I love doing ram reviews, but will soon try to do a case review. :biggrin:
The ram does look amazing though!
I think we're all getting spoiled with the glut of high end memory on the market right now.....
A year ago, mem which managed to do 170 above rated specs would have turned a few heads.... :)
Thanks! Memory is really advanced in both visual and performance these days.
Keep the comments/questions/suggestions coming!
Just wanted to congratulate you on another great review- I haven't been around much this week so I missed it. There's alot of variation between kits it seems.
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