OCZ Reaper HPC DDR3 1600MHz Memory

overviewWe all know OCZ as the company that never stops. It seems like every day I am receving some kind of press release from them. Just recently there was a P.R. notice to introduce a new line of ram kits under the Fata1ty branding. Yet another line to add to their vast array of memory. That is good news for some as you can continue that black and red theme you have going on. Our test subject today is from a more familiar line know by OCZ fans, which is the Reaper series. The Reapers are known by its trademark black heat spreaders and copper heat pipes. Today we will take the Reaper PC3 12800 for a ride on our test bench and see what kind of potential they have.

 

Introduction

We all know OCZ as the company that never stops. It seems like every day I am receving some kind of press release from them. Just recently there was a P.R. notice to introduce a new line of ram kits under the Fata1ty branding. Yet another line to add to their vast array of memory. That is good news for some as you can continue that black and red theme you have going on. Our test subject today is from a more familiar line know by OCZ fans, which is the Reaper series. The Reapers are known by its trademark black heat spreaders and copper heat pipes. Today we will take the Reaper PC3 12800 for a ride on our test bench and see what kind of potential they have.

OCZ’s take on the Reapers

The DDR3 Reaper HPC Series offers perfect compatibility with the latest platforms and chipsets, are now available in both 2GB and 4GB dual channel kits to meet the specific needs of customized gaming systems or workstations, offering perfect compatibility with the latest platforms and chipsets at the height of DDR3 performance.

To ensure superior stability and performance over the entire life of the memory the Reaper HPC Series makes use of an innovative cooling solution to more effectively dissipate heat produced by high-speed memory. The thermo-conductive copper heat pipe conduit is ideal for overclocking where every degree matters, ensuring that your cutting-edge investment will maintain its integrity throughout the toughest gaming missions, overclocking, or intense program applications.

The PC3-12800 Reaper HPC Series will be available in 4GB (2x2048MB) and 2GB (2x1024MB) Dual Channel Kits. As part of OCZ?s line-up of premium memory, Reaper HPC modules are backed by a Lifetime Warranty and industry-leading technical support so you can push your high-performance memory to its limit.

With an excellent balance of high densities, high speeds, and tight timings, the latest additions to the DDR3 Reaper HPC Series will future-proof your system with the performance and stability enthusiasts have come to expect from OCZ.

 

Packaging

We won’t go into too much detail about how the Reapers come shipped as we have seen OCZ ram kits on the pages of Pro-Clockers may times but to make a small statement you can clearly see the distictive heat spreaders before opening the plasctic blister pack.

Specifications

  1600MHz DDR3*       
  7-7-7-24
(CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)       
  Available in 2GB and 4GB Dual Channel Kits       
  Unbuffered       
  OCZ Lifetime Warranty       
  1.9 Volts       
  240 Pin DIMM

Special Features
       

  Reaper HPC He*

Part Numbers

2GB (2x1024MB) D/C Kit PN – OCZ3RPR16002GK

4GB (2x2048MB) D/C Kit PN – OCZ3RPR16004GK   

 

Closer look

OCZ has always come up with some kind of ingenious way to keeping ram cool and the Reaper HPC He is definately one of those way. The whole idea behind them is to have the heat spreaders absord all the heat from the modules. It then takes the heat through the heat pipes to the upper black fins. Here is were the unwanted heat is released in the air. With all this combined it makes for a pretty tall set of ram. So, your choice of coolers maybe limited. In the terms of our test motherboard and cooler, ASUS P5E3 Deluxe and Thermalright Ultra 120, we had no issues at all.

All memory modules and these not excluded have some type of product sticker along with a company trademark or two. The Reapers comes with a hologram sticker that states some minor details about the module like product number and timings. If you can’t tell this is DDR3 by the notch in the pins then there is a big Z3 sitting here in the middle of the spreader to let you know.

The following information is all about the timings and voltage of the OCZ Reapers which I know most of you would not leave at default. Now before you do any adventuring OCZ does have a lifetime warranty just so long as you keep within the guides. This kit is rated at 7-7-7-24 which is great timings for a set of DDR3 at this speed and at this time. 1.9 volts is all that it takes for this kit to run stable at these speeds which is 1600MHz with such timings. The individuals that have motherboards which are Intel XMP certified well this kit does support those features so things will have to be done manually.

 

Testing methodology

Our testing begins with the equipment listed below. We begin by setting up the BIOS to the stock SPD to take a screenshot using CPU-Z 1.45.

 

Testing Hardware:
ASUS P5E3 Deluxe
Intel Core2Duo E8400
Thermalright Ultra 120
Sapphire Ultimate 3870
Maxtor Diamond 10 100GB
Thermaltake TP1000

Testing Software:
Futuremark PCMark05
Futuremark 3DMark06
SiSoftware Sandra
Everest Ultimate
SuperPi 1.5 mod

Competition:
Kingston Hyper X 2GB DDR3-1800 CL8
OCZ Platinum 2GB DDR3-1800 CL8
Crucial Ballistix 2GB DD3-1800 CL9

 

Results

 Futuremark PCmark05 Build 1.1.0
PCMark®05 is everything you need to reliably and easily measure the performance of your PC and determine its strengths and weaknesses. With PCMark05, you will be able to select the optimal upgrades for your existing PC, or choose the right new PC that fits your specific needs. This easy-to-use product gives you the same tools and knowledge that virtually every professional tester in the industry uses.

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2007 SP1
SiSoftware has announced the availability of Service Release 2 (SR2) for SiSoftware Sandra 2005, the latest version of its award-winning utility. The focus of this service release has been improved support, compatibility and reliability rather than new features. We have been working closely with more hardware vendors than before to be able to bring greater direct support of an increased market share of commodity and server technologies.

Super Pi Modded 1.5
In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi and he collaborated with Dr. Y.Kanada at the computer center, the University of Tokyo. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with Pentium 90MHz, 40MB main memory and 340MB available storage.

 

Futuremark 3DMark06 1.1.0
3DMark®06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today. Futuremark’s exclusive Online ResultBrowser web service tracks and compares 3DMark06 scores.

Lavalys Everest
Lavalys EVEREST Home Edition is freeware system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. It offers the world’s most accurate system information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information. EVEREST Home Edition is uniquely available for home users without any charges, based on the freeware license.

 

Overclocking

To overclock the Reapers things went pretty much as they are suppose to go. We kept the timings at their default settings and upped the voltage to 1.95 which was still under OCZ’s warranty. The final conclusion was a very satsifying 1852MHz.

Conclusion

This is the second kit of 4GB 1600MHz ram we have tested and it seems to get better each time. In this case it is the OCZ Reaper kit that has impressed us. Even at its default 1600MHz it is faster than what most of us would need to eliminate ram from being any kind of bottleneck to our overclocking. But none of us are satsified with default. So, in the realm of overclocking we also achieved very decent numbers in the form of 1852MHz. This overclock was done without injecting insane amounts of voltage in the the DIMMs and never messing with the timings.

Google searching will net you prices starting about $300 for the 4GB kit and for individuals with the need of a lesser amount of ram a 2GB kit can be had for $180. OCZ has a real winner on their hands with this kit.

 


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