OCZ Technology is a relatively young company. In business for less than 10 years so far, OCZ's birth not too long ago was welcomed by the computer enthusiast community. At the time, there were few other high performance memory companies. Coming back to present time, OCZ is still alive and kicking. It's now a much bigger company and even though it now has a more diversified product portfolio, memory is still its #1 game.
Today we'll be taking a look at one product in OCZ's product portfolio that attempts to live up the company's heritage as a high speed memory company. The kit we'll be examining is from OCZ's DDR3 lineup, the 2GB Reaper HPC PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333MHz) memory kit. It's a dual channel kit comprised of 2x1GB DIMMS. The DIMMs are rated to run at 1333MHz with 6-6-6-18 timings at 1.75v. They feature OCZ's lifetime warranty (with voltage support of up to 1.8v) and a radical cooling design.
After receiving and opening our Reaper memory kit from OCZ, one thing immediately came to mind: these are the heaviest memory modules I've ever held. Most high performance memory kits on the market have aluminum heatspreaders, but OCZ went much further with it's Reaper series.
Yes, the Reaper modules have heatspreaders attached. They are black anodized aluminum, and they have some small fins going length-wise to add some more surface area. Taking it one step beyond that, there is also a copper heatpipe connecting the main part of the module to another heatsink. I've mentioned it before in some other memory reviews, but I feel that some heatspreaders are just plain ineffective (whether it is due to bad build quality or bad design): they do less in terms of assisting to dissipate heat, but instead they insulate the actual ICs. The heatpipe (in theory), should assist in moving thermal energy away from the main heatspreader pieces (which are in direct contact with the ICs), and transfer that heat to separate heatsinks.
One side of each module has an OCZ name plate and model information sticker, and the other side is bare.