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Review: GeIL EVO Veloce DDR3-2,400 16GB dual-channel memory

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 September 2012, 14:59 3.5

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Testing methodology

Comparison Memory

 
GeIL EVO Veloce 16GB
ADATA XPG2133 16GB
Patriot Viper 3 IEM 8GB
Patriot Viper 3 8GB
G.Skill TridentX 8GB
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Model
GEV316GB2400C11ADC
2133XW8G10
PVI38G213C1K
PV38G213C1K
F3-2400C10-8GTX
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Capacity
16GB (2x8GB)
16GB (2x8GB)
8GB (2x4GB)
8GB (2x4GB)
8GB (2x4GB)
8GB (2x4GB)
Speed
2,400MHz DDR3
2,133MHz DDR3
2,133MHz DDR3
2,133MHz DDR3
2,400MHz DDR3
1,600MHz DDR3
Timings
11-12-12-30-2T
10-11-11-30-2T
11-11-11-27-2T
11-11-11-27-2T
10-12-12-31-2T
9-9-9-24-2T
Voltage
1.65V
1.65V
1.50V
1.50V
1.65V
1.50V
Price*
£130
£150
£45
£45
£70
£30
Cost per GB*
£8.12
£9.37
£5.62
£5.62
£8.75
£3.75
*Approximate, correct at time of writing

Test bench

CPU Intel Core-i7 3770K Ivy Bridge
Motherboard Gigabyte Z77-UD5H
Storage device Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD
Graphics card Intel integrated HD 4000 Graphics
Power supply Corsair AX750
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, 64-bit

Benchmarks

SiSoft SANDRA (download)
AIDA64 (download)
HEXUS.PiFast (download)
3DMark 11 v1.0.3.0 (homepage)
3DMark Vantage v1.2.0 (homepage)
Batman: Arkham City (homepage)
DiRT Showdown (homepage)

Notes

We've placed the GeIL EVO Veloce memory alongside five other modules tested on the latest Core i7-3770K chip sat on top of a Gigabyte Z77 motherboard, which has memory ratios all the way up to 32x - 3,200MHz, at a default 100MHz base clock. The XMP settings are applied correctly, meaning the 16GB kit runs at 11-12-12-30-2T timings from the get-go.

Overclocking

We run the overclocking test by inputting standard 9-9-9-24-2T timings and seeing just how well the test modules can scale. We'd normally increase the voltage from 1.50V to 1.65V, but seeing as this is the standard voltage for the GeIL set, we left it alone. The modules would scale down to 9-9-9-24 at speeds up to 2,000MHz.

We've also overclocked them by relaxing the timings to 11-13-13-35-2T - constituting the weakest timings we'd use on a daily basis - and then saw how much frequency we could eke out of them, all the while staying at the default 1.65V juice. We didn't manage to run the next multiplier up, 26x, informing us that there's not huge frequency scaling here. Indeed, we had to knock down the CAS latency to 12 clocks in order to run at 2,600MHz.

You may know that AMD is soon to launch a desktop version of its 'Trinity' chip in the coming days. Its IGP component is particularly partial to changes in memory speed, so we'll take another look at this GeIL pack on that processor's launch.