GeIL 1 GB Dual-Channel PC4000 (DDR 500) RAMFormer staff writer - June 4, 2004
Testing:To start the test - memtest86+. This is the all important memory stress test to make sure everything's kosher before you even get into benchmarking. At 200FSB, stock timings, no errors. At 200FSB, tight timings, no errors. At 250FSB, stock timings, no errors. With that, the RAM had met all the standards it needed to, passing all the tests (a couple times) flawlessly. Moving the FSB any higher then 250 made the RAM go wonky though. I blame this on part to the motherboard - though it's good, the max RAM voltage is a mere 2.85, and GeIL RAM has always been a bit power hungry. So, while we're assured of the performance the RAM has displayed, anything more is a bit of a guess at this point. Perhaps with a more powerful motherboard we'll be able to stress this RAM even further.
And with that out of the way, here's the fun part - Intel based system as follows
To begin - basic speeds. GeIL's stock timings are 2.5-4-4-7, and we'll measure that at 200FSB. Of course, with only 200FSB, and a little bit of tweaking, those could (and were) quickly reduced to 2-3-3-6, to see how their memory can perform while you're not overclocked (heaven forbid).
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So, right off the bat, this GeIL RAM has impressive numbers. But of course, that's not what we came out for today. Since we can run this RAM at DDR500, we can pump our FSB up to 250 and still run in sync. Now, there's been a bit of speculation about whether lower latencies at slower RAM speeds are better then higher latencies at faster RAM speeds. Well folks, we can put a rest to that today.