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In my eyes, GeIL has taken many steps to reposition themselves in the enthusiast market. Not many know this, but GeIL was the first to release two sticks of memory in a "Dual Channel Kit". At the time, their PC3200 boomed. The low latencies of 2-2-2 were quite uncommon for speeds of 200MHZ. Unfortunately, the many sticks of GeIL memory I purchased did me no good. Through the past couple of GeIL memory reviews, my thoughts and opinions towards GeIL have drastically changed. Their product quality seems to have taken a 180° turn. Their enthusiast memory is now capable of making an impression against their competitors' offerings.
Before I begin with the review, I must tell you that I've been selected to be a GeIL "power user" to test GeIL engineering samples. Right off the bat, you'll think that I'm biased, right? That's not how I am. I am just like everyone else; I go with whatever hardware provides me the best performance for my money. If you've been checking around any forums, you may have been seen some great results with GeIL memory. Those results are typically from GeIL's "power users". GeIL wanted to have the consumers (us "power users") to provide input and results. If the results aren't good, they won't release it. It's a good strategy, because they save money by not releasing a poor product while also listening to what consumers actually want.
All enthusiasts know that the two current hottest memory IC's are the Samsung TCCD and Winbond UTT BH5/CH5. Every single memory manufacturer is using these for their high end enthusiast memory. GeIL is going to do the same. We saw the use of both TCCD and Winbond UTT in their Ultra-X line and we were impressed. Both sticks of memory offered great performance and high overclocking headroom.
If you know your memory, there is one thing that you'll notice about all the TCCD and UTT based memory out there--the PCB is always from Brainpower, whether it is 808 or 815. What sets all the different companies apart? The first is the speed-binning process. This is actually what we, as consumers and enthusiasts, care about. The second part is how the memory company markets their products. GeIL's new ONE series takes a new approach and is the first memory ever to be released to run with a CAS latency of 1.5.