Many people would agree that 16GB is the best choice for ordinary consumers. However, professional consumers and professional users usually need more memory because they have to deal with heavy workloads, some of which can benefit from high-speed memory. Although memory suppliers can insist on using more mainstream data rates, such as DDR4-3200 or even DDR4-3600, many brands have also introduced faster memory kits to cater to this niche market.For example, GeIL has already released the Orion AMD Edition DDR4-4266 memory kit, but it remains to be seen whether it can be connected. Best memory This is commercially available.
GeIL’s Orion memory uses a familiar low-key design, and the height does not exceed 37.34 mm (1.47 inches). Our samples use black and red radiators, but Orion also offers black and titanium trims, suitable for those looking for a more aggressive look. Overall, the design looks very clean with minimal marketing elements. However, GeIL did put a Ryzen sticker on the side of the radiator, telling consumers that this special memory kit is optimized for the AMD platform.
GeIL sells Orion AMD version DDR4-4266 C18 memory kit in dual-channel package. This pair of 8GB memory modules uses a black eight-layer PCB with a single-row design. Thaiphoon Burner detects that the integrated circuit (IC) is Micron’s MT40A2G8??-075:C (C-die) chip.
The native data rate of this memory kit is DDR4-2666, and the timing is 19-19-19-43. Orion supports XMP 2.0, so if you are too lazy to set it up manually, you can use the DDR4-4266 profile. The DDR4-4266 configuration file configures the memory to run at 1.45V, and the timing is set to 18-24-24-44.For more information on timing and frequency considerations, please refer to our Computer memory 101 Function, and our How to buy memory story.
|Memory kit||Part Number||capacity||Data rate||Main time||Voltage||Warranty|
|GeIL Orion AMD Edition||GAOR432GB4266C18ADC||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4266 (XMP)||18-24-24-44 (2T)||1.45 volts||life|
|G.Skill Trident Z Royal||F4-4000C17D-32GTRGB||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||17-18-18-38 (2T)||1.40 volts||life|
|Crucial Ballistix Max RGB||BLM2K16G40C18U4BL||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||18-19-19-39 (2T)||1.35 volts||life|
|G.Skill Trident Z Neo||F4-3600C16D-32GTZN||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||16-16-16-36 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Mushkin Redline Lumina||MLA4C360GKKP16GX2||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||16-19-19-39 (2T)||1.40 volts||life|
|Klevv bolt XR||KD4AGU880-36A180C||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Patriot Viper Steel RGB||PVSR432G360C0K||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||20-26-26-46 (2T)||1.35 volts||life|
Our Intel test system includes Intel Core i9-10900K Processor and ASUS ROG’s largest Apex 12 On 0901 firmware.On the other hand, our AMD test platform is based on AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero Use 3501 firmware.We use MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio as our main gaming graphics card RAM benchmark.
GeIL’s Orion memory kit is at the bottom of the application performance chart due to its single-column design. There is a 7% gap between Orion and the fastest memory kit, in this case G.Skill’s Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 C17.
Due to the single-rank design, the Orion memory kit has the same results on the AMD platform. We do see a larger performance difference between it and the Trident Z Royal memory kit, up to 9%.
Overclocking and delay adjustment
Ultra-fast memory kits like Orion AMD version DDR4-4266 C18 usually do not leave much room for overclocking. Nevertheless, we still obtained samples of DDR4-4400 under 1.5V voltage. However, simply increasing the DRAM voltage is not enough. We must also relax the schedule to 19-25-25-45.
Lowest stable timing
|Memory kit||DDR4-3600 (1.45V)||DDR4-3800 (1.45V)||DDR4-4000 (1.45V)||DDR4-4133 (1.45V)||DDR4-4200 (1.45V)||DDR4-4266 (1.50V)||DDR4-4400 (1.50V)|
|GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-4266 C18||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||17-22-22-44 (2T)||19-25-25-45 (2T)|
|G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C16||13-14-14-35 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||19-19-19-39 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Crucial Ballistix Max RGB DDR4-4000 C18||Not applicable||Not applicable||16-19-19-39 (2T)||Not applicable||20-20-20-40 (2 tons)||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 C17||Not applicable||Not applicable||15-16-16-36 (2T)||18-19-19-39 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Klevv Bolt XR DDR4-3600 C18||16-19-19-39 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||18-22-22-42 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3600 C20||16-20-20-40 (2T)||17-26-26-46 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
The memory kit is stable at DDR4-4266, and the timing drops to 17-22-22-44, but you must be willing to increase the voltage from 1.45V to 1.5V. However, without losing stability, the time cannot be lower.
As we all know, dual-rank memory kits are faster than single-rank memory kits. GeIL’s biggest mistake was choosing to use a single-column design for its Orion AMD version of DDR4-4266 C18. It is not uncommon to find single-rank 32GB (2x16GB) memory kits on the market, but they are at a great disadvantage in front of dual-rank competitors.
Although Orion AMD version DDR4-4266 C18 runs with DDR4-4266, it is compatible with DDR4-3600 memory kits (e.g. Klevv Bolt XR DDR4-3600 C18, With similar timing, or Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3600 C20 Sports are even more relaxed time. Don’t get us wrong. GeIL’s Orion series has launched some good memory kits, unfortunately, this DDR4-4266 C18 32GB (2x16GB) is not one of them. When in stock, the Orion AMD version of DDR4-4266 C18 retails for $359.99 on Amazon, adding another scam to the memory kit.