|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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When it comes down to it, OCZ doesn't make memory... they make it better. The handily combined the Kunyu Tech model KO-8046 PCB with Micron D9GMH IC modules, and presto: the Reaper HPC OCZ2RPR11502GK DDR2 1150MHz RAM kit is born. We recently reviewed the Winchip DDR2 1200MHz PC2-9600 2GB RAM which was the fastest DDR2 kit we had tested, but it had no overclocking potential and ran as hot as a blowtorch. It seems that OCZ has mixed the ingredients carefully and the finished result is a highly affordable enthusiast-grade performance DDR2 solution.
OCZ Reaper Conclusion
Sold in a well-designed and very informative blister pack, the OCZ OCZ2RPR11502GK kit gives the consumer more than enough data to make an informed buying decision. The presentation, like most all OCZ products, is top notch. Many readers probably wonder why we even rate the presentation, but when you see a manufacturer offering product with plenty of visible data and alluring artwork and compare it to another offering nothing but a logo, you begin to understand why we do it.
In regards to the product appearance, I can't honestly think of another RAM module or kit which features copper heatpipe cooling. Someone let me know if there is, but for as far as I can research OCZ is the pioneer. And let's face it, heatpipes are hot, in their own brilliantly-shiny copper-sexy way.
With aluminum alloy construction in the heat-spreaders and heatpipe heatsink, this is one rugged product. While I would hope that these module never see harsh handling, they are build strong enough to withstand it. One additional benefit of the heatpipe is that it acts as a very handy tool for installing these modules into the DIMM slots.
Functionality is a bit mixed. With a mere 28MHz (2.4%) overclock at native voltage, there isn't a lot of headroom. Even when I pushed the Reaper HPC kit to 2.6V, which was well beyond the warranty rated 2.35V, I couldn't get much more than 1226MHz worth of instability. Sure, it's good up to 1178MHz, and that's pretty amazing, but all that extra cooling should have made a larger impact.
I initially did a little price shopping and found the OCZ OCZ2RPR11502GK kit for under $220. But for some reason PriceGrabber didn't list the largest computer hardware e-tailer in America, so I wend directly to the source. To my surprise, the Reaper HPC PC2-9200 DDR2 1150MHz RAM Kit is listed at NewEgg for only $205.99. With the astronomical price of DDR3, it looks like there may still be some serious value left in the DDR2 market.
In conclusion, the OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-9200 DDR2 1150MHz RAM kit offers hardware enthusiasts a great value at 5.72MHz/$1.00. The overclock is not going to set records, but if you are willing to assign an Enhanced Performance Profile you can still take advantage of low latency and tighter timings. Additionally, if you are the extreme overclocking type, the copper heatpipe cooling system is going to open some doors to over-voltage cooling that don't exist anywhere else.
+ Copper heatpipe cooling
- Doesn't overclock very high despite added voltage
Final Score: 9.15 out of 10.
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