over clocking becoming a widely accepted mainstream
hobby, memory companies are releasing more extreme
solutions every year. This year has seen a rapid
increase in the "funky" cooling sector
(no, I just made that up, its not really a sector).
It wouldn't be like OCZ to miss the party, so
today we are looking at a 2 GB overclocking kit
they released, called "The Reaper".
those of you expecting the modules to arrive in
a grim reaper style package complete with cape
and scythe, you will be disappointed. It is the
same boring plastic packaging OCZ have been using
for the last decade. Joking aside, it offers adequate
shipping protection and is substantially larger
than previous designs to house these oversized
1GB modules are rated 9200, with timings of 5-5-5-18.
For those interested that is a rating of 1150mhz.
They are Micron D9GMH (B6-3) Chips.
have been at the forefront of memory cooling solutions
this year, with the famous FLEX XLC (Xtreme liquid
convection) modules becoming a firm favourite
with many watercooling enthusiasts. Gaming Heaven
have a competition
still running (until the end
of May) to win a set of these modules.
the Reaper HPC, each side of the modules have
a solid black heatspreader and a heat pipe conduit
at the top to house a heat pipe. Heat pipes are
often used on enthusiast motherboard's so it is
an interesting concept to carry this over to a
memory cooling solution. As heatpipes get hot,
the liquid inside begins to boil which results
in the heat moving away from the source. You will
obviously never "just" have a heatpipe
as it needs a fin structure to dissipate heat.
On the Reaper HPC there is a single heatpipe with
a fin array the the top, so in theory it is the
perfect cooling design. They are however extremely
"tall" at 66mm.
modules are designed to be used in dual channel
mode, and they boast 2.3V nominal voltage. At
this voltage setting they are claimed to handle
5-5-5 timings at 2T command rate. The more observant
amongst you will already realise that these timings
are the same as the FlexXTC Edition, and they
also have exactly the same manufacturer guarantee
to 2.35 volts.