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Kingston 2700 or Geil 3200?

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October 15, 2003 9:58:03 AM

Hi to everybody,

I am going to buy 512Mb of memory. PC2700 will be enough for sure, as I my mobo uses good old KT266A and I don't expect to reach 166Mhz. But even if I get 150Mhz, I want to be set timings as low as possible, so that's the reason to go for PC2700.

But looking at prices, I have checked that Kingston PC2700 is only $3 cheaper than GEIL 3200 (see newegg, cost +shipping is 81+4 vs 83+5). So I guess I won't be wrong goign with faster memory, even GEIL is not as good as Kingston.

Also I think I will be able to reuse PC3200 is the future easily than PC2700.

What do you think? Which one would you buy? Any other website/brand suggestion? Bear in mind that I DON'T WANT to spend to much. Thanks.


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Anonymous
a b } Memory
October 21, 2003 6:30:08 PM

As long as the Geil is CAs2.0, I wouldnt buy some faster ram with higher latency if you plan to use it on a 200mhz platform later on.
I had some real good experience with Geil Product.
So the 3200 is probly a good choice, youll probly get smooth timmings running at or under 2700 speed...
October 22, 2003 7:47:43 AM

I have check it and it is CAS 2.5, 2T command. I have looked for Geil CAS 2 (1T command), and the only problem is total price (including shipping) jumps from $89 to $104. Not sure about it, because right now I am looking into best bang for the buck, and Geil option is on the upper side of what I was willing to pay.

The performance gained on a 200Mhz platform is noticeable going from CAS 2.5 to CAS 2? I usually play games, surf internet/enail/download, use Office, create some CDs ... Are these tasks benefit significantly from better CAS? And how much I can expect? 5%? 10%? 20%?

Thanks in advance.


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Anonymous
a b } Memory
October 22, 2003 12:55:40 PM

Well you wont notice any performance increase when running it at lower speed because at 2700 the 2.5 ram will run fine at CAS2 settings.
As for the performance deifference running at stock speed 3200, it should be more around 5%.
So on second tought you will probably be fine with your CAS2.5 Geil ram. It will give you abit of overclocking room and it should run real stable at CAs2 @ 2700 speed...

Hope that help you out a bit.
October 22, 2003 1:20:59 PM

Then the final winner is Geil PC3200 CAS 2.5! Thanks labbbby!


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November 6, 2003 5:57:42 PM

Everything I've read on the net says that Geil is excellent ram.

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