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

Posted on May 29, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Windows Benchmarks, Continued

On the previous page of this review, I looked at a few benchmark suites, made to give a well-rounded view at the hardware I'm dealing with. In this second page, I'm going to look at three games rather than benchmark suites and see how the RAM performs.

Unreal Tournament 2004

As I've said previously, UT2004 is my default benchmark for several reasons:

  • runs on any current hardware
  • Native versions for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows
  • Good judge on performance

Thusly, I'll once again be looking at performance in UT2004. The benchmark consists of a botmatch on DM-Rankin with all the settings on low.

Battlefield 2142

Battlefield 2142 is the latest incarnation of the Battlefield series that began with Battlefield 1942. It's based on the same engine as Battlefield 2, with some upgrades. I don't expect it to play well on this hardware, even with CrossFire enabled. I've created a custom timedemo on the Wake Island 2142 map. The game is running with the lowest details possible at 1280x1024. Let's take a look.

Unreal Tournament 3

My last benchmark is Unreal Tournament 3, the latest in the Unreal Tournament series. To benchmark the RAM in UT3, I opted to use DirectX 9 and low settings in both of these tests. I used ut3bench, which allows me to define my graphical settings and features.

Conclusion on Windows Benchmarks

It's difficult to find a clear-cut winner between the two RAM kits. In PCMark Vantage, the OCZ Reaper HPC scored a mere 20 points higher than Crucial's Ballistix Tracer. On the other hand, Crucial's Ballistix Tracer beat the Reaper HPC in 3DMark06 by a mere 44 points. There's no way to declare a winner between these two benchmarks alone. It is to say, however, that OCZ's RAM definitely means business.

In my benchmarks taken from the Sandra Benchmark Suite, it's clear that Crucial's Ballistix Tracer has a small advantage over OCZ's Reaper HPC. The Reaper HPC falls just behind of the Ballistix Tracer, with a slightly higher latency and slightly slower bandwidth. Again, these results are some negligible because the scores are so close. If I looked at a generic or value-series RAM kit, we'd probably see a much bigger difference in performance. Both of these products are meant to be high-end.

Up until now, many of the benchmarks are very much synthetic, looking at theoretical performance, or what performance should be. Our benchmarks in the realm of gaming is what I want to look at, as the RAM is meant to benefit CrossFire-enabled systems. The only game the Ballistix Tracer performed better in was Unreal Tournament 2004, and only by a margin. The OCZ Reaper HPC proved to be the better choice in both Unreal Tournament 3 and Battlefield 2. The largest difference was in UT3, probably where the Hybrid CrossFire was utilized the most.

In Windows, the 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified RAM kit performs on-par with some of the fastest DDR2 RAM we've tested, and even proves to be measurably faster in Unreal Tournament 3.

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