Geil Ultra DDR3 2x1GB Reviewgotdamojo06 - September 2, 2008
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Are you looking to build a new computer for gaming or maybe something else? There are quite a few motherboards out there that are using the latest and greatest chipsets but force you to use the DDR3 memory standard. Well, do you feel it's time to make the switch? For most people out there, the higher stock clocks, as well as the lower voltages that are required to run the memory at those speeds, of DDR3 memory modules make them look very attractive. Geil has released its Ultra series for the DDR3 type memory modules. The Geil Ultra DDR3 memory kit comes with two sticks at 1GB per stick. I am interested in seeing exactly how well the memory is going to be able to perform when it comes to the benchmarks as well as how far they can be overclocked.
The packaging for the Geil Ultra DDR3 2x1GB memory kit looks very interesting as it is a very busy looking package that not only shows you what you need to know, but it is also very eye catching with its metallic/reflective front. Taking a look at the front of the package, you are able to see that there is a very interesting looking computer generated picture of a motorcycle with the DDR3 logo on the tailpipe that grabs your attention and makes you want to look more closely to see what exactly the product is. On the upper left hand corner of the package is where you are going to find the Intel Core 2 Extreme XMP Ready badge, letting you know that there are XMP profiles that can be enabled on an Intel based platform for easy one setting overclocking of the memory, very much like the EPP profiles for Nvidia chipset based motherboards. In the lower right hand corner is where you are going to find Geil's logo and above that is where the DDR3 Ultra Dual Channel Kit is going to be displayed. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are going to find all of the information that you are going to need to know about the memory. This is where you find that the kit is a 2x1GB kit operating at PC3 12800 (1600MHz) speeds with CAS7 latency. There are cut outs in the packaging that allow you to see the bar codes printed on the back of the sticks. When you pull the sticks out of the packaging you are going to see that they are placed in a molded plastic tray that will keep them from moving around during the shipping process to keep them safe from incurring any damage.
When you get the Geil Ultra DDR3 memory sticks out of the plastic molding, you are able to see exactly how they are constructed, which takes the most simplistic and effective design. They do not have any extra large heat spreaders installed on them, however they do actually have heat spreaders installed to help reduce the temperature at which they will be operating at. The front of the sticks is where you are going to find the Geil logo as well as the Intel Core 2 Extreme XMP ready badge that will help remind you that they are able to be set up with an XMP profile. The other side of the Geil Ultra DDR3 stick is where you are going to find the Ultra DDR3 logo from Geil. When you look at the back, the left hand corner is where the bar codes are located and the opposite side is where the information is going to be listed on the stick. 1.9V is what the sticks are rated at when operating at CAS7 1600MHz (7-7-7-24 timings). Of course, the JEDEC spec for these modules is CAS7 as well, just at 1333MHz (7-7-7-24) 1.5v.
The heatspreaders on the Geil Ultra DDR3 memory kit are nothing special, as they are the simple and very commonly used heatspreader design; however, you are able to tell that they are very light and thin, which will allow for the heat to be displaced through the material quickly, allowing for the heat to be displaced off of the sticks more quickly. The spreaders are attached very tightly and do not move or wiggle at all when an attempt is made to remove them.
After taking a look at how these Geil Ultra DDR3 sticks look, it's time to see exactly what they are made of and see how well they are going to perform.