Mushkin had a very "visual" presence this year, if only for the booth babes dwelling the floor... Mushkin recently decided to open up a separate European office, something the consumer over here can only applaud. The European offices are also quite independent, and are able to produce and offer different memory products than their American counterparts. One proof of that is their "radioactive series" of triple channel DDR3, pictured below.
We will be adding these modules to our upcoming roundup, and I assure you they do look good.
Most important memory announcement here are the new triple channel "Redline" series. Redline has always been the top performing line for Mushkin, and these are no different. It's a 1600Mhz kit, but they're currently at the lowest latency of all manufacturers : cas 6
Mushkin also showed off their first SSD-product : a 128Gb drive with respectable read/write speeds. We'll have to see which controller is onboard, as with all SSD's of course.Geil
Another eye-catching booth was the one from Geil, with their name pictured very high overhead. Geil is the manufacturer of the "Golden Dragon" series of memory, who doesn't remember this brand name ? The dragon still roars, so it seems :
One of the innovations Geil presented was a low voltage DDR2 part, which they call the "Green line". At 1.5 Volts they require 0,3V less current than JEDEC specifications to operate, thus diminishing the power draw of your PC a little. The speed of the modules on offer is a respectable 800Mhz DDR (PC6400), so performance won't suffer too much. Geil is currently working with Asus and MSI to adapt the bios of the DDR2 motherboards so they can accept these low-voltage modules.
Another newbie is their new memory fan ensemble, featuring an industries first text message being projected upon the fan blade. Called the "cyclone", the fan can display the Geil name, the temperature of the modules, and the current RPM of the fan.
Apart from the fan, Geil also showed us a new heatspreader design, which looks very nice. The modules themselves are able to run a low-voltage 2000Mhz DDR at relaxed timings, something most manufacturers are able to provide nowadays.
During the tour of the Geil booth we were also impressed by the detailed testing facility Geil has built.
They created their own "burn in" chamber, and are famous for their self-built testing stations for DDR memory. Only 2-3 memory manufacturers in the world can boast a testing facility like these.
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