OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500 2GB DDR2 Kit
Published: 30th April 2007 | Source: OCZ | Price: |
For the benchmark phase of our review, the OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500 2Gb kit was subjected to several popular benchmarks in order to illustrate outright performance. All benchmarks were run three times and an average taken to guarantee uniformity of the results.
Despite not being able to tighten the latency of the Reaper modules down to CAS4, running the modules at 5-4-4-8 still managed to provide a decent performance boost over the stock 5-5-5-15 timings in both Sisoft Sandra and Everest. As expected, the greatest performance boost was seen when running the modules at DDR2-1156, with an increase of ~10% being shown in all bandwidth results.
SuperPI tends to rely heavily on CPU performance and bandwidth for obtaining the best results. This can certainly be verified in the graphs above, with the DDR2-1156 results shaving several seconds off of the stock 5-5-5-15 and 5-4-4-8 PI times.
Tighter memory latencies didn't really seem to have much effect on either of the 3DMark suites, with only a negligible amount of points between each of the 533mhz benchmarks. Yet again we can see that the higher frequency DDR2-1156 setting stole the show, even breaking 10000 points in 3DMark06.
The same pattern could also be seen in both Counter-Strike:Source and F.E.A.R benchmarks, with little (or no) difference being exhibited when running at the tighter 5-4-4-8 timings. However, the higher frequency DDR2-1156 results gave a healthy 19fps increase in CS:Source, showing that the game is very much CPU and bandwidth reliant.