OCZ 2GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire-Certified RAM

Posted on May 29, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Introduction

In our reviews of the Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire and Sapphire ATI Radeon HD3870 Toxic, I used a 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified kit (OCZ2RPR1066A2GK) provided by OCZ. Although DDR2 prices are lower than ever, it's still easy to pick out the good brands from the bad.

The 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified kit is no exception. Featuring an advanced heat pipe technology (the HPC part of the name) to cool the RAM and 5-5-5-15 timings, the kit made for an impressive performance in our previous two reviews. The kit is also CrossFire certified by AMD, providing for superior performance when compared against other DDR2 RAM when used with a CrossFire system, such as we did with the Sapphire 780G motherboard.

Packaging & Appearance

The Reaper HPC RAM was shipped in a plastic casing, something like what you would find handing from the walls in a toy store or at the checkout in a grocery store (I wish I could buy my RAM at the grocery store).

The heatsink on the RAM is unique to OCZ. While other brands may feature heatpipes, the overall design is very unique and, as I'll hopefully find out, much more effective. The heatspreader and fins are both made from aluminum, while the pipes are made from copper. AMD's "CrossFire Certified" logo is also prominently featured on both sticks of RAM.

The rear of the packaging provides a diagram and description of how the thermal solution works. However, there's no real mention of the unit's performance or CrossFire certification.

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