OCZ ReaperX PC2-6400 4Gb DDR2 Kit

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction & Specifications
 
Back in April last year, OCZ gave us the opportunity to sample the delights of their latest heatpipe cooled "Reaper" PC2-8500 memory modules. Sporting reasonable overclock abilities combined with an extremely good price, the Reaper kit was yet another top memory product in the OCZ range and managed to walk away with both our "Recommended" and "Value for Money awards".
 
However, not a company to rest on their laurels, OCZ have been hard at work designing a successor to the original Reaper series and today we're going to get a chance to taste the fruits of their labour...
 
OCZ ReaperX PC2-6400
 
For most of us OCZ needs no introduction. Being one of the innovators in the PC enthusiast market, and with firm beliefs in after-sales service and customer satisfaction, OCZ are pretty much a household name. However, for those of us who have had our heads firmly stuck under a rock for over 7 years since OCZ's entry into the memory market, here is brief snippet of history taken from their homepage:
 
Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and our commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas. We were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia's Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. We have now taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset's. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in our manufacturing process for some time. We at OCZ diligently work to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can we fine-tune our memory's SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today’s rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of our manufacturing process.
 
Anyway, let's cut the small talk and check out the specs of these modules (taken from the OCZ website):
 
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 / 800 MHz / ReaperX HPC / Enhanced Bandwidth / 4GB Dual Channel

These high-performance modules will support the latest games and top of the line multimedia programs with a 4GB capacity, combined with the high frequencies and aggressive bandwidth for maximum system stability. Rated at DDR2-800 with 4-4-3 timings, the PC2-6400 ReaperX provides exceptional latencies for the extreme enthusiast and gamer. The sheer speeds combined with the 4GB capacity of this kit will provide you with unsurpassed reliability, system responsiveness, and stable performance.

Featuring an EPP (Enhanced Performance Profiles) programmed SPD, PC2-6400 Reaper X modules will immediately boot at the rated specs on the latest generation of NVIDIA® SLI™ chipsets. Although the OCZ Reaper X series caters to enthusiasts, EPP eliminates the need for manual configuration and makes the benefits of overclocking available to the complete range of consumers looking to get the most out of their systems.

As one of OCZ’s legendary Enhanced Bandwidth (EB) editions, the ReaperX 4GB kit increases effective memory bandwidth through the optimization of memory latencies between the system memory, the chipset, and memory controller, resulting in the ideal balance of speed and enhanced timings.
 
 ReaperX HPC
 
Specifications
800MHz DDR2
EPP 4-4-3-15*
(CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Available in 4GB (2x2048MB) Dual Channel Kits
Unbuffered
OCZ Lifetime Warranty
2.1 Volts
240 Pin DIMM

Special Features
ReaperX HPC Heatsink**
2.2V EVP***
Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP)

* NVIDIA nForce 680i chipset ONLY

**ReaperX HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) modules offload heat with extreme efficiency due to a new dual copper heat pipe design. Each memory chip is in direct contact with a thermo-conductive pipe that guides the performance robbing heat away from key memory components and quickly dissipates it through the aluminum fin array. The addition of the extended fin array nearly doubles the total surface area available for heat dissipation while the heat pipes warrant near isothermicity throughout the entire design. The result is a doubling in effective heat dissipation at equal delta t or, in real systems, a significantly lower operating temperature of the memory modules.

***OCZ EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) is a feature that allows performance enthusiasts to use a VDIMM of 2.2V without invalidating their OCZ Lifetime Warranty.
 
As you'd expect of a memory kit from OCZ, the ReaperX PC2-6400 modules have had every ounce of performance squeezed out of them at their stock speed of 800mhz by running very tight timings of 4-4-3-15. OCZ have added a footnote that these timings are only achievable on the Nvidia 680i platform (which provides support for EPP). However, I'm sure with a bit of tweaking, Intel chipset users will be able to run at these timings too.
 
OCZ have also given overclockers a bit of extra headroom when overclocking the ReaperX kit by allowing them to over-volt the modules from their stock voltage of 2.1v to 2.2v. While a bump of 0.1v may not seem a massive amount, it's often more than enough to push the average DDR2 kit to it's limits, and it's certainly great to be able do this without voiding OCZ's lifetime warranty.
 
The images above certainly don't do the ReaperX kit any justice, so let's move on to the next page where we take a look at the kit in the flesh...
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Most Recent Comments

16-01-2008, 15:28:54

JN
"Just when we thought that all the DDR2 reviews had dried up, OCZ comes and surprises us with their latest "ReaperX" 4GB kit."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...132634762s.jpg

OCZ ReaperX PC2-6400 4Gb DDR2 Kit

16-01-2008, 15:45:14

Bungral
Quality review mate..

They just look so damn good and preform just as well.. 1100mhz!!

Is it just me or does the percentage at the end not show up??

Oh yeah one more thing... On the 3rd page when saying about what OCZ say the stock timings are on the RAM you say they are 4-4-3-12 when I think they are 4-4-3-15.. Correct me if I'm talking out of my arse though

16-01-2008, 15:55:57

FarFarAway
I bought these, boshed em in...no tweaking at all and straight to 990MHz. Not had time to fiddle but as you can see there's plenty of headroom

16-01-2008, 15:58:08

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
I bought these, boshed em in...no tweaking at all and straight to 990MHz. Not had time to fiddle but as you can see there's plenty of headroom
Was gonna ask if these were the ones you got or if you had the higher ones.. 8800 or whatever it is.

16-01-2008, 15:59:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Quality review mate..

They just look so damn good and preform just as well.. 1100mhz!!

Is it just me or does the percentage at the end not show up??

Oh yeah one more thing... On the 3rd page when saying about what OCZ say the stock timings are on the RAM you say they are 4-4-3-12 when I think they are 4-4-3-15.. Correct me if I'm talking out of my arse though
Cheers. Twas a bit of a long day and I had all kinds of numbers flying thru my head :s

16-01-2008, 16:18:42

Luigi
quality review, wish i hadnt got my ballistix now, couldve got got 8gb of this and overclocks to similar frequency's...

16-01-2008, 16:33:55

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Cheers. Twas a bit of a long day and I had all kinds of numbers flying thru my head :s
No problemo

16-01-2008, 17:20:47

Azreil_2
Nice Review , is this the same kit as the one from the xmas comp?

16-01-2008, 17:30:40

Mr. Smith
Jimbo,

My bank manager wants a word with you. He said, 'Mr. Smith, why are you spending money like it is going out of fashion?' I replied 'It's Jim's fault'... I gave him your number...

My ram arrives Friday!

16-01-2008, 17:33:50

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Jimbo,

My bank manager wants a word with you. He said, 'Mr. Smith, why are you spending money like it is going out of fashion?' I replied 'It's Jim's fault'... I gave him your number...

My ram arrives Friday!
EEP! Time to move to the same bank as me then. Whenever my bank manager calls me, its from a dodgy telephone line in India. I cant understand him, so I hang up

Deffo check out that thread on OCZ forums btw mate...or you'll have problems hitting DDR3-1100.

16-01-2008, 17:39:22

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
EEP! Time to move to the same bank as me then. Whenever my bank manager calls me, its from a dodgy telephone line in India. I cant understand him, so I hang up

Deffo check out that thread on OCZ forums btw mate...or you'll have problems hitting DDR3-1100.
Woah! I imagine I'll have huge problems hitting ddr3 1100 with ddr2 800 ram. That must be some informative thread

I might buy a few of these ddr2 kits, do the magic ddr3 conversion and sell them off at a profit!

16-01-2008, 17:40:42

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Woah! I imagine I'll have huge problems hitting ddr3 1100 with ddr2 800 ram. That must be some informative thread

I might buy a few of these ddr2 kits, do the magic ddr3 conversion and sell them off at a profit!
You're pretty handy with a soldering iron right?

16-01-2008, 17:47:30

Mr. Smith
I'm bad a$$.

Right, I'm off to watch Sopranos so go suck a lemon!

17-01-2008, 02:43:33

OptimAdam
nice review had these for a while now. Any plans on comparing them against the 1066 version, to see the overclock difference?

17-01-2008, 09:42:20

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='OptimAdam'
nice review had these for a while now. Any plans on comparing them against the 1066 version, to see the overclock difference?
I'll see what I can do for ya mate

17-01-2008, 09:48:59

Harrythepot
hi nice review

i got a question to ask is this a 2 x 2GB pack or 2 x 1GB pack?

17-01-2008, 09:56:19

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Harrythepot'
hi nice review

i got a question to ask is this a 2 x 2GB pack or 2 x 1GB pack?
Its 2x2gb. Jim the nub has for some reason put 2gb kit in the thread title, but got it right everywhere else .

17-01-2008, 10:07:22

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Its 2x2gb. Jim the nub has for some reason put 2gb kit in the thread title, but got it right everywhere else .
EEEEP. Fixed

17-01-2008, 13:59:40

!TIMMY!
nice review! These look a rite good set of ram!

17-01-2008, 14:06:49

Luigi
apparently not so good if you have 2 sets....

17-01-2008, 17:11:18

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
apparently not so good if you have 2 sets....
Pardon?

17-01-2008, 18:10:19

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Pardon?
Think he means 8gb? But then thats to be expected TBH. If you're filling all slots, expect trouble

17-01-2008, 18:48:19

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Think he means 8gb? But then thats to be expected TBH. If you're filling all slots, expect trouble
Ahh

And ye, has always been the way

18-01-2008, 08:53:09

Bungral
You got yours now Smithy?

18-01-2008, 09:25:52

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
You got yours now Smithy?
Ja.

Ordered Wed night, arrived Fri a.m... Good for 1000nhz without even trying!

18-01-2008, 11:35:39

Luigi
i meant because they dont fit, the coolers are too big for 8gb on most boards.

18-01-2008, 11:50:01

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
i meant because they dont fit, the coolers are too big for 8gb on most boards.
I think some of the boards I've tested could accomodate them, I suppose it depends on board layout.

You will not need 8GB in anything but a server environment anyway

18-01-2008, 13:07:05

Mr. Smith
Just realised I have these @ 2.2v 1030mhz 5-5-5-15 rock solid...

Think that will be ok as they are only rated for 2.1v? Might have to set to 2.1v and see what I get...

18-01-2008, 13:17:12

Luigi
havent they got a 2.2v EVP?

18-01-2008, 13:20:48

FarFarAway
2.1 is the warranty

18-01-2008, 13:24:32

Luigi
oh does it not come with an EVP?

18-01-2008, 13:36:03

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
oh does it not come with an EVP?
My bad, yes it does. Mind you, you could have read the specs on their website too

18-01-2008, 14:52:19

Bungral
2.2 should be alright on then with their sexy coolers.. +++++++ lifetime warranty anyway and they wouldn't know they had a lil more vs going through them.
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