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GeIL Ultra Platinum PC4400 (DDR550 – 275MHz) CL3.0



Pence per Megabyte - 21.23
Torture Test at 200MHz – Passed
Torture Test Overclocked - Passed

The supplied modules are rated to run at 200MHz at 2.6v – 3.1v 3-4-4-8. The memory chips used couldn’t be identified due to the pre-fitted heat-spreaders. The modules carry a lifetime warranty.

The supplied modules came fitted with matt finish silver heat spreaders, which do not have retaining clips installed.

Each module features a four-panel LCD thermometer sticker allowing the user to monitor operating temperature.

First Impressions

Even before you open the box this stuff tries to win you over - these are the only modules on test to come in a solid, transparent plastic box with a sliding front cover. Inside the box the two modules nestle in high-density foam to keep them from sliding around and affording them ultimate protection.

Protection is about all the box offers because, of course once the modules are removed its job is done. You do feel its good enough that you should find another use for it though.

Testing – 200MHz

Rank When Tested on a Prescott CPU at 200MHz: 13th from 18
Rank When Tested on a Northwood CPU at 200MHz: 13th from 18

Unlucky for some is unlucky for GeIL with a 13th place finish under both CPUs. In the interest of balance though let’s remember that the only other PC4400 memory on test, the Corsair, managed only a 16th place under the Northwood and 15th under the Prescott.


Testing – Overclocking

Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using SPD settings: 275MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) low ambient of 18c: 275MHz
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using manual settings (CL-4-4-8) high ambient of 28c: 270MHz

Rank - overclocked performance (high ambient): 4th from 18

The 275MHz by SPD and 270MHz high ambient operation ratings are identical to the numbers achieved by the Corsair XMS4400 though its performance lagged behind a little. A second place finish would have been a possibility but for its low RightMark results which highlighted its relatively low data-handling efficiency, which in turn no doubt helped it to reach its overclocked speed.

Verdict

Overall Rank, all performance parameters included: 11th from 18

Finishing well into the bottom half of the table seems quite harsh and really doesn’t do this memory justice, even though it settled one place higher than the equally specified Corsair memory. These overall scores are dragged down by the stock performance results and if overclocking is your aim it’s those numbers you need to be looking at.

Fancy boxes and LCD thermal stickers are all very nice but they add nothing to your benchmarks at the end of the day and once again we see high frequencies gained at the expense of stock performance.

With a price of just 22.38p per Megabyte however this is some of the cheapest PC4400 we’ve tested and as such this should be a worthy choice for the overclocker with one eye on his or her bank balance.

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