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GeIL Black Dragon PC3-12800 CL9

The Black Dragon series is positioned by its manufacturer as an embellishment for your system rather than just fast memory. Lacking conventional massive heatsinks, these modules feature a highly original 8-layer PCB with a picture of a traditional Chinese dragon on one side. Unfortunately, the memory chips cover the picture, making it rather hard to identify what is depicted.

The highlighting is far easier to see. There are bright red LEDs in the corners of each Black Dragon module. Unlike the highlighting of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer series, it doesn't do any indication. It's a purely aesthetic element.

The lack of heatsinks helps us get a clear view of the employed memory chips but GeIL took care that we wouldn’t identify their actual maker. The original marking is erased from the chips and replaced with GeIL’s own meaningless nomenclature. However, there are some indications that the chips are made by Powerchip whose produce is quite often used in overclocker-friendly products.

The eye-catching exterior is not the only advantage of the Black Dragon series. The reduced height of the modules makes them compatible with massive CPU coolers. If you plan on using a tower-design super-cooler, the Black Dragon series may be an optimal choice because, on one hand, it is an overclocker-friendly memory kit with advanced specs but, on the other hand, these modules are but slightly taller than standard.

You can see the full specs of this DDR3-1600 kit (part number GB316GB1600C9QC) below:

  • Quad-channel kit consists of four memory modules, 4 GB each;
  • Nominal frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings: 9-9-9-28-2T;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V.

Take note that this memory is supposed to work at the standard DDR3 voltage of 1.5 volts, which is yet another advantage.

The Black Dragon series supports XMP. The single profile contains full information about recommended timings. According to the profile data, the VCCSA voltage is not supposed to be increased and that’s okay because the CPU-integrated memory controller shouldn’t find it difficult to maintain the clock rate of 1600 MHz.

GeIL has advanced quality assurance procedures, so every Black Dragon module passes presale testing which is called Die-hard Burn-in Technology. Its point is in stress-testing finished products for 24 hours at a temperature of 100°C. This helps cull problematic chips that might prove to be unstable under real-life loads.

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