|OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-9200 DDR2 1150MHz RAM Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 13 October 2007|
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Closer Look: OCZ Reaper HPC
Most RAM modules aren't worth spending the time discussing their looks. But then again OCZ isn't like most manufacturers; they have designed the Reaper HPC series with something different in mind. Operating at 2.3V means that this 1150MHz DDR2 RAM (Kit OCZ2RPR11502GK) is naturally going to have some heat build-up, and they want to handle it before it causes a problem.
The industry doesn't have too many PC2-9200 DDR2 1150MHz RAM kits, primarily because of the odd clock speed (although the true EPP speed is 1142MHz). It seems as if almost everyone aims for a speed consistent with Intel's front side bus, or some multiplier thereof when they market their product.
Within each heat-spreader of the OCZ Reaper HPC module lies a single copper heatpipe rod. This rod utilizes an inner-wall powder coating for wicking away the liquid element, allowing the cool liquid formed from heated vapor to run back down the pipe.
Atop each of the PC2-9200 DDR2 1150MHz OCZ Reaper HPC RAM modules in the OCZ2RPR11502GK kit is an aluminum alloy heatsink. Upon close inspection, I think that OCZ could have better designed the heatpipe by raising an apex point in the center and utilized the open inner space for a larger heatsink. Hopefully the Reaper kit is never pushed with so much voltage that this design becomes inadequate.
The image above is the product label attached to the packaging. OCZ asserts that Reaper HPC PC2-9200 can reach DDR2 speeds of 1150MHz with timings of 5-5-5-18. We'll see about that. Just reaching 1150MHz alone means either over- or under-clocking is required, because this speed is not a result of natural FSB and memory multiplier combinations. Using the EPP you would need to set the RAM to operate at 571MHz, which means a 286MHz FSB to most.