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.
Phoronix Product Rating: 8 / 10