Samsung vs Geil - IntroductionIntroductionDDR-400 memory has been one of the most talked about memory standards since the introduction of DDR. While 400Mhz DDR memory still isn't a JEDEC endorsed standard, companies have already begun to release memory modules running at 400Mhz.Recently we took a look at our first DDR-400 memory module, Kingmax's DDR-400 DDR SDRAM module - We now take a look at two other memory modules that have arrived in our labs and have tested them against a well known competitor, Corsair XMS3000. Yes we do know that Corsair XMS3000 isn't DDR-400 rated, although many people have had excellent luck and bandwidth results with this memory, which is why we have used it as a mediator. So come with us as we see who will take the crown.
Samsung vs Geil - Features of the two modulesThe Modules
Samsung vs Geil - Test SetupTest SystemProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz (Northwood)Motherboard:Soyo 645DX Dragon Ultra (SiS 645DX) Video Card: Leadtek GF3 TI500Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuta ATA-3 UDMA 100 7200RPM Drivers:Nvidia DetXP rev 29.42Software Used: Sisoft Sandra 2002, 3Dmark2001 SERight, let's get onto the benchmarks!
Samsung vs Geil - Benchmarks - DDR-333Benchmarks - DDR-333
Samsung vs Geil - Benchmarks - DDR-350Benchmarks - DDR-350
Samsung vs Geil - Benchmarks - DDR-400Benchmarks - DDR-400
Samsung vs Geil - ConclusionConclusion - Samsung Wins DDR-400 BattleWith very few DDR-400 modules on the market at this time, Samsung have defiantly put together a super high quality module that isn't officially supported by the JEDEC. Compatibility wise, the Samsung DDR-400 module worked in every board we had, and ran DDR-400 in every board that supported the speed by default or by overclocking. Stability wise I couldn't fault it, and overclocking, well 450Mhz is the highest I have ever seen from system memory to date. Being able to outperform the current king of DDR memory, Corsair, Samsung has my total seal of approval.Geil on the other hand have basically slapped together a DDR-266 module and have tried the old, "cool it better, sell it for more" tactic. Geil DDR-400 is in my honest opinion a DDR-266 module overclocked to the limit, with a very low performance score and extremely unstable without their heatspreaders, you see that it's hard to choose this memory for hardcore overclocking.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:25 pm CDT
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