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Chaintech Apogee GT DDR3 1600

Chaintech Apogee GT DDR3 1600
Author: Anton Rachko
Date: 16.06.2008

We have got a kit of DDR3 memory by Chaintech and will introduce you to our impressions. Chaintech, formerly for its motherboards and video cards, decided to refresh its assortment, which gave birth to the participant of today's review - Apogee GT. Let's take a look at it.


Whatever you take, the setting follows the same trends. For instance, in the box that we got we found merely two memory modules, 1GB each, with two much ado on the box cover! To the left, the label says "Ultimate Memory Technology", to the right - "Deluxe Edition", and under the "GT" label there is the inscription "Blazer Series". Box_rear.jpg

On the back of the package, there is a small annotation on the contents, i.e. the memory modules. According to the manufacturer, the efficiency of the new cooling system displayed near the annotation has been increased by 50%. But there is no indication as to versus what and under which conditions it has been increased.


The memory modules are placed on the velvet pad, as if there were luxurious perfumes or jewels.


Apart from the two memory modules, the kit includes a radiator with screws, washers and springs, as well as a brief user's instructions brochure.



The cooling radiator is fasted to the modules with screws at the top. To compensate for the various distance between the memory slots on various motherboards, the slot for screws has been done for the whole width of the radiator, due to which the radiator can be moved along the memory modules.


On each of the memory modules, there is a sticker displaying the specifications. We can see that the memory modules by Chaintech are able running at the effective 1600 MHz frequency with the latency timings set to 7-7-7-18 at the supply voltage 1.6 V. Not bad at all, indeed.


The radiator is fastened to the memory module with two screws. Not only is it quite out of the ordinary, it is easy to dismantle, which we are doing right now.



The memory modules are single-sided, so on one part of the radiator there is a heat-conductive grey pad to contact the memory chips, on the other side - there is a pad of porous material to press the memory module to the send part of the radiator.


The memory chip are made by Elpida. According to the description of these chips on Elpida's web site, their nominal effective clock speed is 1066 with the timings set to 7-7-7. Therefore, during the manufacture of Apogee GT memory modules there were used selected chips because Chaintech guarantees their operability at 1600 MHz with the latency timings set to 7-7-7-18 and slightly increased supply voltage equal to 1.6 V. Recall that as per the DDR3 standard the supply voltage equals 1.5V. We'll find out if Chaintech keeps its promise from further tests.


  • Page 1 - Exterior. Characteristics
  • Page 2 - Tests. Final Words

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