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Old January 23, 2009, 06:46 PM
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Default OCZ Reaper HPC memory?

Going to be dropping the hammer on the final ingredient for my i7 build - the RAM. While I'm a pretty big Mushkin fan, the availability of their XP sticks has been pretty miserable lately, and the prices on the OCZ sticks at my local CC are looking pretty nice. I've been looking at both the Platinums and the Reaper sticks, which seem to be priced pretty similarly at each speed binning, with the heatpipe coolers on the latter seeming to add about $10 to the total cost.

Anyone have any experience with the Reaper sticks? Do those heatpipes actually move any heat?
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Old January 24, 2009, 01:19 PM
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I had some Reaper sticks a long time ago. For the slight extra money you pay, they aren't really worth it. They have higher timings than their Platinum brothers (depending on speed) and they only run cooler if you got a fan right on them.

The way the heatpipe is constructed is a bit ineficcient and overall pointless. There's the heatpipe, sitting well above the stick, with the only heat coming to the heapipe isn't directly from the chips, it's the black portion on top.

The ReaperX Series fixed this issue somewhat, by having the heatpipe directly touch the RAM chips, but then the cooler is very thick for no reason, and sideways instead of straight up like the original Reapers. This also causes problems if you want to use more than 2 sticks I believe, due to the apparent thickness of not the RAM plate, but the phat heatsink on top!

Man, I wish I had the cash, I'd hop on the Blade series right away... 7-9-7-20 @ 2000MHZ! Get out!
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I bought 3 sets for 2 different systems and had the cover fall off of at least one stick per set while just sitting in the system, so then the RMA process began, what a waste of time
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Yeah, I was afraid of that. The design honestly doesn't look particularly well engineered from a thermal standpoint, but I've been surprised before. Based on some friend's experiences, not a fan of the OCZ Plats myself. Guess I might just be going with Mushkin for the fifth computer in a row.

And yeah, I'm drooling over those Blades. NCIX has a listing for them at $600. I've seen one or two hints that there might be some lower binned sticks coming out with the same IC's, so who knows? Probably still way too expensive, though.
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Take a look at Gskill too - mine were a pleasant surprise, running over 1600MHz...
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GSkill caused me some problems a couple machines back. I bought two 2GB sets of DDR2-800. Worked great for a month and a half, but then I turned on my computer one day and this big long beep sounded, obvious RAM failure. I had to test out 4 different sticks, see which one was wrong, and then see which two I could run together. Ouch
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Yeah, I just grabbed a pack of Corsairs today. Price was decent, and I don't expect they'll be giving me any compatibility grief. I like buying local when they actually have what I want.
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