Centon Advanced GEMiNi PC3200 Dual-Channel Kit
The world of OEM computer manufacturers is completely different from that of retail sales, and what works in one market often will not work in the other. For companies shopping in the OEM market, a supply of reliable OEM
components at a low price is the usually key point. When it comes to major
companies like Dell, HP, or Gateway, chances are they do not care about memory timings or
how fast certain memory can run; what is important are compatibility and stability.
where a company by the name of Centon Electronics Inc. come in - and if you
haven't heard of Centon, you're forgiven. The company has been in the
memory business for over 25 years, but have only just started to focus effort on
courting the enthusiast and mainstream computer users in the last year or so by
offering an online
store of products tailored to suit.
Centon is new
to an arena already crowded with veteran brands like Corsair, Mushkin, TwinMOS and OCZ. If Kingston,
Crucial and PDP Systems' success can be taken as any indication of what large
OEMs can do in the enthusiast memory area, the 'boutique' manufacturers
better take notice because another new player is in town.
actually not quite ready to
roll out its enthusiast line to the public, but we've been given a first
look at an overclocker-calibre dual-channel DDR memory kit. The two 512MB GEMiNI PC3200
dual-channel DIMMs we are testing in this review are rated to
run at 200 MHz with 2-2-2-5 timings, at a voltage of 2.6V.
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Each memory module is wrapped in a set of blue-coloured
anodized aluminum heat spreaders. Cooling DDR RAM is not usually an issue at
low voltages, but as enthusiasts pump up the voltage it can begin to influence overclockability. Considering
that we're going to be a little tougher on memory crossing the PCSTATS test
bench from now on, the heat spreaders are a nice bonus.
the heatspreaders did a decent job at pulling heat away from the DRAM modules.
With high voltages running through the memory (3.6V+), the heatspreaders did
eventually get too hot to touch.
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service till you need it!
Most people do not
consider customer service when buying computer components, but little do they know
they're only setting themselves up for disaster. A few extra dollars
spent on quality gear with quality support behind it over generic parts
can save you a lot of potential headaches
when parts fail.
Centon's memory products are covered by lifetime warranties, and support is available through
Centon's website or via a toll free 1-800 number. We were greeted by a voicemail
box when we called the number... having someone to call in a time of need is
tests DDR memory on AMD Athlon64 systems only because Intel
is still in the middle of moving its platforms over to DDR2.
Enthusiasts usually keep to the bleeding edge, so fast DDR memory is useless for
the Intel overclocker looking for more juice.
test systems, we're only interested in seeing how high we can go with the memory
running 1:1, as running with other dividers puts the overclocking bottleneck
elsewhere, not with the system memory. The DDR RAM latency must run at
2-2-2-5, or the memory's tightest possible timings, as quick access is more
important to the CPU design. Just for arguments sake, we will also be conducting
overclocking tests to see how high the memory will go with conservative timings
(3-3-3-9) although we will only benchmark the system with the tight memory timings. Let's get started!