If you ask any ordinary user what the computer performance depends the most upon, he will most likely name the frequency of the central processor, and some people may even define more exactly which processor model should be placed into a decent system case.
If you ask the same question to an advanced user, he or she will spend a few hours of your time explaining the difference between various types of processors, chipsets and graphics cards. The last thing recalled will probably be such a small and unassuming component as system memory.
A common notion holds it that the main and almost only requirement to system memory is its capacity: more memory is always better. That’s right, now that the frequency of the bus supported by the overclocked processors from Intel and AMD often exceeds 200MHz, the characteristics of the memory you use have begun to play a much more important role.
I guess you don’t need long explanations: to ensure the maximum performance during overclocking, the used memory should be capable of either working at high frequencies or with minimal timings. Thus, we can distinguish between two types of memory. First type of memory can work at frequencies much higher than the officially specified 200MHz, but only if we increase its timings. The second type of memory doesn’t get to the highest frequency peaks, but offers you the lowest timings instead. Our article called “Choosing Optimal Memory to Match Intel Pentium 4 Processor” dwells upon the differences between these two memory types in more detail.
Both types of memory have the same worth, and you should choose between them depending on your specific needs. Very recently a third type of memory has appeared that combines the advantages of the other two types, for example Patriot PDC5123200+XBLK modules (for more details please see our article called From DDR400 to DDR533: Six Pairs of Memory Modules from Patriot). This review isn’t about these modules, though, but about memory modules from GeIL’s fastest Ultra Platinum series. And we will start out with the Ultra Platinum PC4200 533MHz Dual Channel DDR Kit (GL5124200DC).