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GeIL EVO TWO 4GB DDR3-1600 CL7

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Posted August 24, 2010 by Jake in RAM

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LGA1156 and Specifications

Since the advent of the Intel LGA1366 socket, the memory controller for Intel chips has been directly connected to the processor, allowing a huge bandwidth leap in triple-channel setups. The LGA1156 socket chips, however, all run in dual-channel DDR3 mode though, not tri-channel. While we know this won’t result in such eye-watering performance numbers, the 1156 platform has brought "affordability" to Intel’s mainstream performance platform, at least at the lower end of the product spectrum, and certainly in comparison to the 1366 platform.

So while the LGA1366 motherboards take tri-channel memory modules in a 3 or 6-slot configuration, the LGA1156 socket uses 2 and 4-slot dual channel configurations. Most people are probably very familiar with this setup, though the primary difference now is that DDR3 is the new standard, not DDR2.

There is a caution, however, with these modern DDR3 modules: you must have DDR3 sticks that can run at 1.65V or less. Do not be confused with other DDR3 products that run at 1.9V or higher, for example. Be sure to read the specs very carefully before you order to ensure you get the right ones! This is because Intel has set a maximum voltage limit of 1.65 volts on the memory modules, due to the Integrated Memory Controller which is located on-die in the CPU itself. While there are exceptions in exceeding the 1.65 voltage limit, if you go higher then you run the risk of damaging your lovely i7 or i5 CPU. Pushing beyond that limit can be done somewhat safely under special circumstances, but we do not recommend that for novices, so be forewarned.

GeIL’s EVO TWO lineup features the following:

"Like its predecessor EVO ONE, the EVO TWO heat-sink system is designed with Maximum Thermal Conduction & Dissipation (MTCD) Technology for maximum cooling efficiency and enhanced memory performance. The EVO TWO Series will be available in the fastest speed as well as covering the rest of the speed range with enhanced performance and stability by GeILs? DBT ? Die-hard Burn-in Technology. EVO TWO is the hardcore gaming memory to have!"

Here are the specifications of the GeIL EVO TWO 4GB DDR3-1600 Low Voltage Dual Channel:

  • Model: GET34GB1600C7DC
  • DDR3-1600MHz (PC3-12800)
  • 7-7-7 timings
  • 4GB kit (2x2048MB)
  • 240 pin, Non-ECC, Un-buffered DIMM
  • Working Voltage : 1.6V
  • Heat Spreader: EVO TWO heat-spreader with MTCD Technology
  • DBT (Die-hard Burn-in Technology) Enhanced
  • Lifetime Warranty

The GeIL PC3-12800 EVO TWO kit consists of a pair of 2GB modules that run in a dual channel configuration at DDR3-1600MHz speed and timings of 7-7-7 at 1.6V. Note the 1.6V specification, not 1.65V as we typically see. Also note the lifetime warranty included with these modules.

Let’s take a closer look at these EVO TWO modules.

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