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Three Way DDR-550 Memory Rumble - GeIL, OCZ and ShikaRAM

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Jun 18, 2004 4:00 am

GeIL PC4400



- Specifications


Module Size: 2 X 512 MB


Package: 184-pin LONG DIMM


Naming: DDR PC4400


Speed: 550MHz DDR


Chip Density: 32MB X 8


Voltage: 2.6V - 3.1V


CAS Latency: 3-8-4-4


- The Modules


GeIL has got a great looking module here with its mirror heatsink, which is known as their Ultra Platinum series of memory. The Platinum series comes from speeds ranging from PC3200 to PC4400.


Something that we haven't seen before is the inclusion of a temperature thermometer embedded on the actual heatsink - as the modules heat up, the black changes into a bright color which gives you an idea on how hot the modules are. The effects of this can best be seen on the picture below taken from the GeIL USA website.



The quality of the heatsink is excellent. It is full copper with nickel plating which gives it an excellent look and very high quality feel. The last modules we looked were the Golden Dragon series which used Wafer Level Chip Scale Package which we didn't have much luck with; these modules go back to the more conventional TSOP chip.



- Overclocking


The last time we had a look at memory from GeIL, we didn't have much luck with it at all. This time around, we had a bit more luck. We were able to achieve a maximum stable overclock of 287MHz (or 574MHz DDR) which isn't too bad from the default 550MHz DDR.


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