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But even despite this fact, the newly released products are quite impressive as they are. OCZ announced PC-3500 Gold GX - DDR memory modules for extreme gamers with 2-2-2-5 timings; less expensive PC-3200 Gold Edition C2 – with 3-2-2-6 timings; and Value Pro product line – DDR2 PC2-4200 memory modules without any specific outstanding features (besides the traditional heat-spreader, life warranty, etc) but with a good price. In other words, I got the impression that the hunt for higher MHz has slowed down here as well, just as in the CPU sector, and the memory manufacturers started paying more attention to such eternal values as performance, price, economical factor, etc. And even the release of PC-4800 Platinum Elite Edition with 600MHz frequency and 2.5-4-4-10 timings doesn’t break this tendency. It not the 1GHz memory, anyway...

GeIL has also returned to the roots of things. They announced PC-3200 product line from GeIL ONE series featuring 1.5-2-2-5 timings and different overclocking potential: up to 2.5-4-4-7 at 600MHz for TCCD chips from Samsung and up to 2-2-2-5 at 500MHz for BH chips from Winbond. Taking into account that OCZ PC-4800 Platinum Elite Edition is also made from TCCD chips and this fact is specifically stressed by the manufacturer, I have every reason to claim that there is a general tendency to use the chip brand names and specifications for better promotion of their products, especially if these chips are known for their great overclockability.

Against the background of pretty conservative frequencies from OCZ and GeIL, Transcend looked really extreme with their new 800MHz DDR2 256MB and 512MB memory modules, which are not officially supported by any chipset out there. Nevertheless, the company targets these new products not only for the mainstream computer market, but also for servers and workstations. To tell the truth I more approve of what OCZ and GeIL are doing: Transcend should better optimize the memory modules performance for standard working frequencies. Just my two cents.

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