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GeIL Evo One 4GB PC2-6400 Memory Kit

I've heard the GeIL name every so often over the years but this is the first time I've had my hands on some of its memory. Mind you I suffered some confusion when I got a call from VIP Computers, the UK importers of GeIL, as I had always assumed that GeIL was pronounced ‘guile' but no, it is ‘Geel' the phonetic brother of ‘wheel'. For what it's worth GeIL stands for Golden Emperor International Ltd.

The two modules of Evo One memory look rather funky thanks to the GeIL MTCD (Maximised Thermal Conduction & Dissipation) cooling system. The casing of the heatsink is made from two pieces of matt black aluminium that join at the top. It is attached to the memory chips with thermal glue and the outer surfaces of the heatsink are ridged to increase surface area.

So far, so conventional but then we come to something new. GeIL has clamped a heatpipe between the two halves of the heatsink which runs along the top of the circuit board. There's a window carved out of the heatsink that is 25mm high and a little over 50mm long in which you can see the heatpipe and its 25 vertical copper fins. The thinking is that your CPU fan and any case fans inside your PC will move the air around and that will help to keep the memory cool. This is all well and good with two modules but the real benefit is likely to make its presence felt when you pack your motherboard with four modules of memory. GeIL illustrates the effect with a drawing that it calls the Wind Tunnel effect as air can flow through the middle of all four modules so the central pair doesn't get cremated.

It sounds plausible enough but we'll never know whether the theory works in practice as the review sample we have is a pair of 2GB modules in a 4GB kit. We touched on the business of running Windows with 4GB of memory when we reviewed a 4GB Corsair CM2X4096-6400C5 DDR2 kit.

We were looking at the claim that some games are not only limited by your CPU and graphics card but also by the amount of memory that you have installed in your PC. This is problematic because the only way to use more than 3GB of memory is to move from a 32-bit Operating System to 64-bit so the upgrade is considerably more complicated than merely plugging in more memory. The argument for the move to 64-bit Vista on the desktop was, as far as we were concerned, unconvincing. If you're switching from XP to Vista then you might as well go down the 64-bit route but if you already use 32-bit Vista you won't be making the 64-bit switch for a year or two.

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