GeIL 1 GB Dual-Channel PC4000 (DDR 500) RAM
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: June 4, 2004
Price: $269 USD
Today I'm both proud and pleased to bring you an OverClockersClub first. Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves. OCC has broken into Intel computing. That's right, for the first time ever, we're going to have an Intel-based review. Expect more from us in the coming months as we branch out to the other side, and get a more balanced and equivocal feel to this site.
As for our review - today we'll be looking at a Gig matched set of GeIL PC4000 Performance RAM. Its got great latency timings, an incredible speed, and this stuff was MADE for overclocking. Today, we'll get to see how well it performs for us.
Golden Emperor Int'l Ltd. is one of the world's top RAM producers, and among the very best in quality. From their website: "GeIL is leading the way toward superior performance DRAMs, representing the fastest and most advanced DRAMs available on the PC market today. Innovating on the existing solid position among the world's top DRAM suppliers, our customer base is expanding beyond the top businesses of performance computing and consumer PC's around the world."
The GeIL RAM arrived in a rather battered envelope, but the contents were safe inside in the GeIL packaging - a hard plastic container that looks quite good, in fact. Both sticks of RAM were vaccuum-sealed and nestled snugly in the package, which simply slides open.
Once the vaccuum-sealed packaging was removed, we see that the ramsinks are actually silver - and buffed to a mirror shine (I wish my heatsink bases looked this good!). This provides an excellent aesthetic bonus to your case design - if you have a window these babies will look fantastic.
I tried to remove the heatspreaders to see what kind of chips GeIL was using, but these suckers are pretty much glued on, and I didn't want to risk damaging the RAM. The installation was simple and flawless, just push them into place in the appropriate slots, and you're ready to go.
Now, in that list of features you'll catch this: "Newest innovation design Temperature Thermometers allows users to monitor the temperature of their memory modules." What that means is this sticker on the side of the RAM with 4 different temperatures listed on it. when the heatsink reaches that temperature, those little areas change colours. Sort of like a really hightech mood ring for your RAM.
- 184pin, Non-ECC, Un-buffered, high performance DDR memory modules
- GeIL 3.5ns 32x8 Density DDR Chip
- 6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded PCB with Gold 30u" Plating
- Optimized SPD for Intel 875/865 chipset Dual Channel DDR motherboards
- Platinum Copper Heat Spreader
- Lifetime Warranty
- CAS 2.5 7-4-4 @ DDR500MHz PC4000
- Retail package with clear acrylic case
- Newest innovation design Temperature Thermometers allows users to monitor the temperature of their memory modules.
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).
SiSoft Sandra Memory (Int)
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.Conclusion
In conclusion, I'm pretty happy with these results. Though we didn't get to see if the GeIL could overclock past 250FSB, the numbers it produced for what it was marketed as were more then suitably impressive, blowing past our competitor PMI RAM. The RAM itself gave us flawless memtest86+ results, and beyond that, they look fantastic.
GeIL has really paid attention to detail in that these modules perform well, they give some great speeds, and it allows overclockers to really reach that next level in overclocking their systems in sync with their RAM - running at 3.5GHz at 1000FSB was a really kickass experience for me, and I'm sure it will be for many other overclockers as well.
- Looks great
- Performs awesome
- High FSB sync speeds
- Low latencies (in respect to other PC4000 modules)
- Heatspreaders refused to be removed (but really, who would want to, they're sweet!)