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GeIL Value Dual Channel PC3200 400MHz DDR

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Reviewed by :

  Wayne Brooker

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  £116.38 + VAT (1GB)

Date :

  15th April 2004.


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To say memory manufacturers have had a bit of a rollercoaster ride of late must be an understatement of epic proportions. With prices in a seemingly endless freefall and motherboard technology failing to create any new demand for faster or new types of module it's been slim pickings for even the biggest and best established names.

Of course several companies have DDR2 products that they've either announced or are about to, but once more it's nothing more than revenue on hold until we see volume shipments of motherboards capable of running it.

Innovation has certainly been on display as manufacturers have dug deep looking for new avenues of revenue. We've seen speeds way beyond those the vast majority of users will ever need. We've seen activity LEDs and LCD thermometers on the heatspreaders. We've seen preselected dual channel memory pairs and enhanced bandwidth technologies. All very nice I'm sure, but what about the kind of user who just wants high quality, high performance memory that runs at industry standard speeds and doesn't require you to hand over vital appendages to cover the cost?

Today I'm looking at some memory from a company that seems to be gaining in stature in the enthusiast market. GeIL, or Golden Emperor International Ltd if you prefer, have a full range of DDR products in their inventory ranging from "Value Series" PC2700 right through to their "Ultra Series" PC4400. I happen to have a pair of their newly announced Value Dual Channel PC3200 to test.

Hand-picked and paired by GeIL, the only obvious drawback is that you can only buy this memory in 2x256MB or 2x512MB configurations. Not that 512MB of memory is a bad idea, in fact it's what I now consider to be the comfortable minimum for a WindowsXP based system.

With a couple of 512MB modules in hand, it's time to get some testing done. First the specs:

Available only in 512MB (2X256MB) and 1GB (2X512MB) Dual Channel DDR Kits.

  • 184pin, Non-ECC, Un-buffered, high performance DDR memory modules.
  • GeIL 5ns 32x8 Density DDR Chip.
  • 6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded PCB.
  • Optimized SPD for Dual Channel DDR motherboards.
  • Blue Aluminum Heat Spreader.
  • Lifetime Warranty .
  • CAS 2.5 7-4-4 @ DDR400 PC3200
  • 2.55V-2.95V
  • Retail package.

The inclusion of a lifetime warranty was nice to see. I was sure GeIL would offer a less generous period of cover for their value range but it seems not.

The continuing disapearance of genuine, low latency memory seems to be picking up pace. Though it matters far more for AMD platforms than it does for Intel, good CAS 2 memory seems to be getting rarer than rocking horse manure.

While I'm sure most merciless oiverclockers may be turning up their noses at the thought of "mere" PC3200 memory running 2.5-7-4-4, these parameteres nmatter a lot less as the frequencies get cranked up. The question however remains "cane these frequencies be cranked up?". We shall see!

I was curious to see the voltage range quoted at 2.55 to 2.95V too. I certainly wouldn' run my own memory at anything above 2.8V for any prolonged period of time. For the more adventurous though it seems GeIL consider 2.95V on their chips to be an acceptable torture.

Time for a look at the actual modules:




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