OCZ Reaper HPC PC3-10666 2GB Kit
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-12-2008
Provided by: OCZ Technology

When considering different types of memory, I look at three main factors: performance, overclockability, and price. Looking at the 2 gig OCZ Reaper DDR3 kit, this memory has it all. In the performance section, we see that this OCZ kit consistently outperformed a similar kit by Aeneon. Across the board we see better bandwidth times. This is no doubt due in part to the tighter timings, but also to the general quality of the memory. Although the SPD doesn't speak to the advertised speeds, the RAM runs perfectly at those manual settings.

Overclocking the kit was a breeze until I hit a wall at about 1500MHz. While 1500MHz isn't a huge increase over 1333MHz, it's still hefty enough to give a decent performance boost. Keeping in mind that this is a kit aimed towards overclockers on a specific budget, it certainly does well. Surprisingly, though, the Reapers did not seem to have very flexible timings. Loosening the timings didn't do much at all for increasing the frequency, and at lower frequencies it was impossible to tighten them.

At under $170.00 USD on a popular online reseller, the OCZ Reaper kit is a great deal. DDR3 RAM was insanely expensive upon release, but as it has become popular, it's taking a more affordable price range. OCZ has done a great job here making a good kit that's also affordable.

The 2x1GB OCZ Reaper HPC PC3-10666 kit performs well, gives a nice OC, and comes at a great price, earning it the OCIA.net Seal of Approval.

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