As part of a series of memory reviews, the next kit to enter our test beds is a limited edition enthusiast kit from GeIL.  Attached with what is called a ‘Frost White’ colored heatsink, this is a two module dual channel kit with a total of 16 GB running at DDR3-2400 MHz at 11-12-12-30 sub-timings that retails for ~$150.

GeIL: The Company

GeIL is short for Golden Emperor International Limited, and in the world of memory, have been a main player in the consumer memory space since the late 1990s.  Today their product range consists of product names typically reserved for cars – Corsa, Leggera, and in this case Evo Veloce.  This could imply that GeIL want to advertise themselves at the forefront of memory production, and this is shown by their catalogue on Newegg showcasing mostly kits with 8GB modules. 

The bulk of their memory sales comes from their Corsa range, featuring yellow colored heatsinks in a range of capacities (8GB modules to 8x8GB kits) and speeds (1333 to 2133 MHz). 

The Leggera range has similar speeds (up to 2400 MHz) and capacities (up to 4x8GB kits), but smaller blue heatsinks.

In contrast their Black Dragon range is heatsinkless, and comes in at only 1333 and 1600 MHz:

Today we are looking at one of GeIL’s Evo Veloce kits, kitted out in a ‘limited edition’ frost white.  The heatsinks are large, and with two 8 GB modules, there leaves room for upgrades in the future.

GeIL Evo Veloce DDR3-2400 11-12-12 2x8GB Kit Overview

Back in the 'DDR3 on Ivy Bridge' overview, superlatives were not forthcoming with our DDR3-2400 C10 kit under scrutiny.  It offered little performance gain over the DDR3-2133 C9 kit, but asked for another $15 for the privelege to exceed in peak synthetic results only.  The GeIL Evo Veloce DDR3-2400 11-12-12 2x8GB kit then has a tough act to follow, coming in at $150 (more than the 2400 C10 kit) and having the timings reduced.  The upshot of all this is more capacity per module, leaving the door open for future upgrades, or maximising the memory in a dual module system.

When making the jump from 4GB modules to 8GB modules, compromises have to be made.  It could be construed that as everything is smaller, accesses should be quicker – but with double the density we can accrue additional latencies by reading larger rows in our memory module.  Whether that actually makes a difference in normal day to day tasks is another matter – everything to do with memory and memory speed borders on the debatable when it comes to actually affecting everyday use.

In terms of the competition, solely looking at 2x8 GB kits means on Newegg we have two competitors – the G.Skill TridentX 2400 C10 kit ($155) and the Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400 C10 kit ($255).  Going on solely XMP profiles, the G.Skill is the main competition, and being C10 is an advantage.  However, a set of 2x8 GB from the Crucial Ballistix range at 1866 C9 ($150) could also give the 2400 kit a run for the money.  Based on the calculation methods described in our original Ivy Bridge DDR3 overview, we having the following:

2x8GB DDR3-2400 C10 has a latency of 8.33ns, and will read 8 words in 11.25ns
2x8GB DDR3-2400 C11 has a latency of 9.16ns, and will read 8 words in 12.08ns
2x8GB DDR3-1866 C9 has a latency of 9.65ns, and will read 8 words in 13.40ns

Whenever we look for a memory kit, having something extra to talk about always helps – aesthetics or overclocking usually works well.  While the Evo Veloce frost white modules look nice, they overclocked relatively well, hitting 1T with no issues, as well as overclocking to DDR3-2600 11-12-12 and DDR3-2400 10-11-11 at stock voltages.

Specifications

  G.Skill GeIL G.Skill
Kit Speed 1333 1600 1866 2133 2400 2400
Subtimings 9-9-9-24 2T 9-9-9-24 2T 9-10-9-28 2T 9-11-10-28 2T 11-12-12-30 2T 10-12-12-31 2T
Price $75 $80 $95 $130 $150 $145
XMP No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size 4 x 4 GB 4 x 4 GB 4 x 4 GB 4 x 4 GB 2 x 8GB 4 x 4 GB

MHz 1333 1600 1867 2134 2401 2401
Voltage 1.500 1.500 1.500 1.650 1.650 1.650
tCL 9 9 9 9 11 10
tRCD 9 9 10 11 12 12
tRP 9 9 9 10 12 12
tRAS 24 24 28 28 30 31
tRC 33 33 37 38 47 43
tWR 10 12 14 16 14 16
tRRD 4 5 5 6 6 7/6
tRFC 107 128 150 171 362 313
tWTR 5 6 8/7 9/8 8 10/9
tRTP 5 6 8/7 9/8 8 10/9
tFAW 20 24 24 25 27 26
tCWL - 7 7 7 11 7
CR - 2 2 2 2 2

Visual Inspection

Usually the first thing we notice about the high end memory kits is the size of the heatsink.  With the Evo Veloce 2400 C11 kit, the heatsink extends 17 mm above the module itself providing some but not an optimal amount of surface area to dissipate heat… if that was the primary purpose.  Heatsinks on memory kits in the year 2012 tend to be on the kit for two reasons – the first is aesthetics, and as such if a user is producing a colored build then having memory the right color is a step in the right direction.  The other reason is one of secrecy – more often than not memory vendors no longer disclose what type of memory is underneath and where they buy it from.  We know that GeIL does its binning of the ICs, but they do not want other manufacturers to know which ICs are being used unless the manufacturer buys a kit and then rips it apart.  These heatsinks are sufficiently bonded to the ICs that attempts to remove them will damage the module.  Nevertheless, here are what the modules look like:

In comparison to other kits we have tested, we can see the extent of the heatsink.  In the case of the G.Skill Ares, which is a standard height memory module:

In terms of the G.Skill RipjawsZ:

And against the tallest kits we have in, the G.Skill TridentX:

When placing such large modules into a motherboard, we must be aware of how large air coolers can affect the placement.  Typically a large air cooler will encroach on the nearest memory slot, and thus choosing the right memory can be important.  Following on from our previous memory testing, here is the attempt to get a GeIL kit into a Gigabyte H77N-WiFi which has a Copper TRUE mounted so the PCIe slot is not blocked:

The result is not good – I could not even get the module in.  In contrast, here is the second slot:

While the module is in the slot, we are right up against the cooler and there is some pressure there against the module forcing it at an angle.  Users with these modules may want to invest in some form of all-in-one liquid cooling as a result.  In our actual testing we use an ASUS P8Z77-V Premium and a stock Intel cooler, meaning spacing is not an issue.

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  • Beenthere - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - link

    Can't change the type from 8166 MHz. to the proper 1866 MHz. but most folks should be able to figure it out... Reply
  • silverblue - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    Of course, if you have an APU-based system, the faster memory does indeed make a difference... though I agree, it's the exception rather than the norm. Reply
  • JlHADJOE - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    But then its totally contrary to one of the main reasons behind having an APU -- penny pinching.

    These kits cost twice the DDR3-1333 going rate, so that's $75 you could have put into a GPU. Can't speak for everyone, but I'd probably choose an i3 with DDR3-1333 + a 7750 over an A10-5800k with DDR3-2400.
    Reply
  • JohnMD1022 - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - link

    My thoughts exactly.

    1600 seems to be the sweet spot on price and performance.
    Reply
  • PseudoKnight - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - link

    Anandtech did a series of memory frequency tests like a year ago (I forget exactly). While they found that 1333 to 1600 didn't offer much in terms of average FPS gains in gaming, it had a clearer impact on minimum frame rates. I'm not saying it's worth it either way here, but I'd like people to give some attention to minimum frame rates when talking about the benefits of bumps in memory frequency.

    That said, 2400 is obviously overkill here, but that should be obvious to anyone who wants to spend their money efficiently.
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  • Impulses - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    The article the did a year ago (with Sandy Bridge in mind) says absolutely nothing about minimum frame rates vs average... I don't even see how faster memory could have such an effect with a dedicated GPU. Reply
  • Impulses - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    *they Reply
  • JlHADJOE - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    It might have been techreport. They're the guys who usually do those frame-time measurements. Reply
  • poohbear - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    pseudoking what are u talking about? there is virtually NO effect on minimum frames on a dedicated GPU system. Ever since the memory controller moved to the CPU, the RAM timings have become ALOT a less important component in the system. The only way it shows a difference is when you go to all kinds of outlandish scenerios that involve isolating the GPU and CPU to situations that show some difference between RAM, but in a real world setting those situations are so rare that it becomes pointless to even entertain them. Reply
  • Ratman6161 - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - link

    But add running virtual machines to your list of reasons why a lot of memory might be good. When working from home I've actually typically got the host machine where I'm doing most of my actual work plus at least two virtual machines running, each VPN'ed into a different remote network. So it isn't too uncommon for me to see about 90% of my 16 gb in use at any one time. And I do occasionally hit times when I have to shut down one VM in order to start another. So I wouldn't actually mind having 32 GB.

    On the other hand, while I need a large quantity of RAM, my 1600 MHz G-Skill works just fine performance wise so I don't need speed - I need quantity.
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