The GEIL Polaris RGB memory kit is designed for content creators and gamers, and comes in 3 color choices … Racing Red, Titanium grey, or Glacier White. It uses memory ICs from Micron with on-die error correction, and offer speeds of up to DDR5-5200 with a CAS latency of 34-38-38-78 at 1.25 volts.
It’s one of the lowest latency we’ve seen so far on a DDR5 memory kit. So it’ll be interesting to see how well it can overclock and perform during our tests.
It comes with an exclusive Optimized RGB Illumination Design, that’s compatible with all the major eco-systems out there … including Asus AuraSync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock’s Polychrome Sync.
After several months of keeping an eye on the price of DDR5 ram, there’s no change, it’s still very expensive. As of April 2022, prices range from USD $400 to $550 for a 32GB kit. Another thing to consider is that DDR5 is not backward compatible with DDR4, so this means if you want to go the DDR5 route, you’ll have to get yourself a new Z690 motherboard that supports DDR5 ram, along with some expensive DDR5 ram.
Firstly, we would like to thank GEIL for providing the review sample. Who are GEIL? Well, here’s a little blurb taken from GEIL’s website.
GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the worlds’ leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers that concentrate in making the most innovative products, from memory modules, power supply units to gaming peripherals, for PC enthusiasts worldwide.
Established in 1993, GeIL has soon become one of the most trusted memory professionals in the industry. In the year 2000, with the vast knowledge of tweaking and producing some of the world’s fastest DRAM modules, GeIL shook the PC enthusiasts market and changed it for the better. The introduction of the first ever memory heat-spreader, the dual-channel packaged memory kit and lifetime warranty are all innovative concepts GeIL introduced in the PC DIY market from 2000~2003. Since then, GeIL has been concentrating in perfecting the technologies of IC testing, memory burn-in and quality assurance for memory products in application in all segments of the market. As of today, GeIL memory is trusted and distributed in over 50 countries worldwide with volume upwards of five million pieces annually. GeIL – Always Ahead.
As GeIL’s memory products thrived in the high-end PC market, the creative minds at GeIL came up with yet another brilliant design of an interactive power supply unit control panel and high efficiency PSU. Together, the patented duo made perfect for supplying superior power and securing the health of gaming performance PC. The achievement in such PSU R&D deserved a brand of its’ own when Thortech Power was born in 2009. Thortech – Nothing but Power.
Two years later, the never-resting minds at GeIL wanted to perfect the PC gaming experience by introducing to the market a dual-sensor gaming mouse concept. The concept came to reality in 2011, with the brand EpicGear, the world’s first HDST-Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology gaming mouse was born – the MeduZa. One mouse, two sensors and three different modes, the MeduZa fulfilled PC gamers with the ultimate mouse solution for its perfect ergonomics and game-type-sensitive sensor preferences. Shortly after the debut of the epic MeduZa, a complete line of ingeniously designed and crafted gaming peripherals were introduced by EpicGear. These ultimate gaming gears soon became gamers’ top choices in dominating in their games. EpicGear – Equip to Dominate.
If you plan to use DDR5 ram on a Z690 motherboard, you’ll notice that the ram is running in Quad Channel mode. For those who don’t know … DDR5 gives you two 32-bit wide (40-bit wide, with ECC) channels per stick, which means that you get a quad-channel configuration when running two DIMMs.
We’ll be testing the GEIL Polaris RGB DDR5-5200 32GB memory modules on our test rig, which is comprised of an Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Ultra motherboard, along with an Intel Core i9-12900FK processor and a ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT (4GB GDDR6) graphics card.
With a default speed of DDR5-5200 using XMP profiles 3.0, I’m expecting some decent performance from these memory kits. But what will be interesting to see, is whether these Micron memory ICs can overclock as well as the SK Hynix memory ICs found on the ADATA and Thermaltake DDR5 memory kits, we tested in the past.
Let’s not waste any time and begin by taking a look at the specifications and features on our next page. You can buy the GEIL POLARIS RGB DDR5-5200 32GB Memory Kit for around USD $315 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3uebJQL
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