February 15th, 2011

Geil Ultra 2000MHZ

Benchmark Results

Moving on to the benchmark results. Here you’ll see the actual performance of the overclocking results through benchmarks. Note that these are memory performance-only benchmarks and thus do not give an indication of the system as a whole.

Everest

Geil Ultra 2000MHZ Review

 
Latency (ns)
1280MHZ 5-7-5-18
47
1700MHZ 6-8-6-20
40.8
1800MHZ 9-9-9-28
44.4

Sandra

Geil Ultra 2000MHZ Review

Read, write, copy and latency speeds were tested with Lavalys Everest. The Integer and Float memory performance was tested with SiSoft Sandra.

If we look at the scaling from DDR3-1700 CL6 to DDR3-1800 CL9, we see that the performance difference is minimal. I’m therefor convinved that if this RAM would be used at its full potential, DDR3-2000 CL9, it would easily beat the DDR3-1700 CL6 performance. These results are a thumbs up for AMD and Intel systems.

AMD systems can run the tight latencies without trouble and newer chipsets even allow DDR3-2000+ overclocking. Intel systems on the other hand prefer higher frequencies and don’t get their main performance from tighter timings; at the moment only the AMD users with an 8-series chipset will be able to use this memory to its maximum performance.

The stability of these chips amazes me. I’ve had much more trouble overclocking DDR2 modules in the past than getting these sticks stable. This can be due to several reasons: Improved AMD chipset, improved AMD IMC and maybe what GeIL claims to be the Die-hard Burn-in  Technology (DBT). Check it out:


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Note: taken directly from the GeIL website

Pricing and Availability

The lowest price for the 2x2GB DDR3-2000 CL9 Ultra Plus kit I found in Europe is about €105.-. Its sibling rated at DDR3-2200 CL9 costs just €5.- more and the DDR3-2400 modules are not widely available in normal pricewatch sites. These prices are very reasonable if you consider that a standard 4GB DDR3 set mostly costs around €60-70.-. That said these sticks offer great performance for a decent price. There are other modules out there that barely give more performance in benchmark applications but cost at least €100.- on top of the Ultra Plus prices.

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