OCZ 2GB kit PC2-8500/DDR2-1066 Reaper HPC Edition Memory Review

Let us begin with the most important part of the test report, because the optics and packing is of course rather secondary and the highest possible stable performance is the most important factor. CPU on different frequencies depending on the reference clock for the different memory benchmarks. Furthermore the memory modules were tested on another reference board (Foxconn C51XEM2AA) to test the high frequency with higher voltages. The multiplier adjustment remains on 9x with all frequencies, because an adjustment for the CPU in half multiplier steps would be too inaccurate to get nearly the same CPU frequency for all tests.

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 is used as the operating system. The stability was examined with the software Memtest86
and SiSoft Sandra Lite 2007.SP1 program is used for all benchmarks, since it offers extensive adjustments and a fast result comparison. BTW. the latest SiSoft Sandra 2007 version is now available on our download server and can be downloaded much faster and very easily – ALL benchmarks are also included in the free Lite version.

But let us continue with the review … First the maximum possible frequency of the memory module was determined. The memory frequency was increased in small steps with a fixed memory timing of 4-4-4-10 2T and default memory voltage, as long as the detailed memory test with Memtest86 runs without any errors. This quite long testing time ensured that this frequency works really stable with these modules.

The highest possible frequency with 4-4-4-10 (Tcl Trcd Tras Trp) timings was stable with enormously high 453 MHz.

Of course it’s possible to run much higher frequencies with increased voltages or lower timings, because the frequency values and timings depends directly from each other.

Officially OCZ specify the voltage of 2.30 – 2.35 Volt without loosing the lifetime warranty and this is a considerable voltage to get nice overclocking results. The default DDR2 memory voltage is 1.8 Volt. In the test the modules were stable with 2.20 V and timings of 5-5-5-15 up to 558 MHz (DDR2-1116). And with voltages about more than 2.30 Volt it was possible to reach nearly 600 MHz (internal 1200 MHz). This isn’t possible on all motherboards, because on the one hand it’s necessary that these high clock rates are supported by the motherboard and on the other hand it’s absolutely necessary to support the high memory voltage (Vmem). For the test I’ve additionally used a slightly modified reference board (Foxconn C51XEM2AA) to get this result, but even I felt a little bit queasy by using more than 2.30 Vmem …

This highest possible frequency was compared with two settings. On the one hand 453 MHz with SPD values (these are programmed in the SPD IC by the manufacturer), and on the other hand 200 MHz (x2) with SPD values.

By the way, the “Memory Bus Range” is no benchmark value, but this value is quite simple to calculate by the frequency and is useful for the benchmark comparison.

Here’re the benchmark results:

Frequency Timing RAM Range Int Buff’d iSSE2 Memory bus range
453 MHz fix (4-4-4-10 2T) 6344 MB/s 14496 MB/s
453 MHz SPD (5-5-5-15 2T) 6296 MB/s 14496 MB/s
200 MHz SPD (4-3-3-8 2T) 4667 MB/s 6432 MB/s

Here’s a diagram of the benchmark values:

Here is a direct benchmark result comparison of some DDR2 and DDR memory modules:

With this bechnmarks, the company OCZ was able to reach the second place close behind the Crucial PC2-8000 modules, which were a little bit more overclockable (up to 461 MHz) on the default voltage of 1.80 V. Starting from a memory voltage of 2.30 V and more, the benchmark results looks of course somewhat differently, because thanks to the new cooling technology, OCZ would reach the top of all results. Sure, it’s questionable to increase the voltage instead of lowering the fabrication process, but thanks to the high manufacturer specifications, they’ll take the risk.