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GeIL Value DDR2-1000 PC2-8000

Michael Larabel

Published on 5 March 2006
Written by Michael Larabel
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Conclusion:

For being part of GeIL's Value series, the DDR2-1000MHz had certainly performed up to our expectations. In the specific test setup used, we fell short of running DDR2-1000 speeds by 40MHz. This downfall is likely the result of the motherboard/processor used, and we are in the process of completing additional tests on alternative systems to seek its maximum overclock. Even so, when the tests were run at DDR2-960MHz the results were favorable with the 955X Glenwood Chipset. When the GeIL and Crucial were being directly compared at the same frequency and timings, in many of the benchmarks the GeIL RAM had a marginal win over the Ballistix. The heatspreaders used by the RAM is rather generic to most manufacturers. The RAM PCB is manufactured by Brainpower with an ID of E186014 and the ICs were concealed by GeIL markings. These modules were released earlier this year and the 1GB (2 x 512MB) kit can be found for around $200 USD while the 2GB version is approximately $400. These 1GB modules are priced significantly lower than the Crucial Ballistix 1GB DDR2-1000 kit that sells for $429.99 or Corsair's XMS2-8000 kit that sells for approximately $300. Certainly, GeIL's DDR2-1000 Value modules are some of the cheapest 1.00GHz modules in the memory market, and are not much more expensive than other competitive DDR2-667 and DDR2-800 kits. While DDR2-1000 would not be the logical choice if running an older Intel Chipset, for those seeking the maximum bandwidth out of their 975X or 955X motherboard can now welcome this new GeIL value competitor.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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