The Bottom Line
- Very Affordable 4GB DDR2 Kit
- Lifetime Warranty
- SPD Doesn't Include Faster Latency Settings
- Poor Overclocking
- Matched 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Modules For Dual Channel Performance
- 5-4-4-12 Latency Support (5-5-5-15 SPD)
- 1.8v to 2.2v Operationg (2.0-2.2v for Faster Latencies)
- Aluminum Heat Spreaders
- Lifetime Warranty
Guide Review - GeIL 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
5/14/08 - With the cost of DDR2 memory becoming so low, it is now very affordable to load desktop PCs with 4GB or more of memory. GeIL's dual channel 4GB kit is an affordable option that also promises to provide lower latencies than standard value PC2-6400 modules.
When the modules are plugged into a motherboard, the SPD numbers are used for the timings. This results in latencies of 5-5-5-15 rather than the advertised 5-4-4-12. GeIL makes a note of this by including a notice that the timings must be manually set in the BIOS. This is a bit of an annoyance as it would make it much easier for users to not have to bother with the BIOS. Of course, these latencies also theoretically need a 2.0 to 2.2v power setting rather than the DDR2 default of 1.8v.
Testing of the GeIL modules were conducted on an ASUS P5K-E motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor with the Vista Ultimate SP1 operating system to take full advantage of the four gigabytes of memory. It scored an acceptable 6974MB/s in the Everest Ultimate benchmarks. This is slightly above average for PC2-6400 memory modules and is likely attributed to the faster latencies.
Overclocking of the GeIL PC2-6400 4GB kit did not yield much. The maximum stable memory clock reached with increased voltages and raising the latencies. The maximum clock rate achieves was 900MHz, a slight gain over the original 800MHz settings. This netted roughly a 6% increase in the overall performance of the memory in the benchmarks.
The end result is a set of memory modules that performs decently and is well priced considering the tested latencies that the modules are able to achieve. They are not really recommended for those looking at overclocking though.