GeIL EVO Veloce: What’s New?
Following the long-established tradition, manufacturers of overclocker-friendly memory modules do not disclose much information about components they use, focusing instead on the resulting product specifications and exterior design. That’s exactly what we have here. Announcing its new EVO Veloce series, GeIL didn’t tell us anything about the memory chip supplier. Well, there is some sound reasoning behind this marketing approach. The company reserves the right to easily replace one kind of chips with another, especially as the use of a particular kind isn't important in itself. More important are the final specifications of memory modules which are arrived at by picking out best chips, applying appropriate cooling and writing the PCB in the most optimal way.
The EVO Veloce series does look interesting in terms of its specs. Targeted at the most progressive computer configurations capable of clocking system memory at up to DDR3-2800, the new DDR3 modules from GeIL include dual- and quad-channel kits rated for up to 2800 MHz. Considering the low prices of DDR3 SDRAM and the natural desire of any user to have a lot of memory, the EVO Veloce series is available in capacities of 4 to 16 gigabytes as dual-channel kits and 16 to 32 gigabytes as quad-channel kits.
Senior models in the series, both dual- and quad-channel, are recommended to be used on mainboards with Intel’s Z77 or X79 chipsets. CPUs installed on such platforms feature an improved memory controller which is guaranteed to clock DDR3 SDRAM at a high frequency without any failures. Besides, such platforms support XMP version 1.3 which is used by the EVO Veloce series.
To make the new products different visually, GeIL equipped them with new heatsinks, crimson or white-colored, which feature the exclusive MTCD technology (Maximized Thermal Conduction & Dissipation).
The impressive name of the technology denotes a very trivial thing, though. It only means that the heatsinks are made of aluminum. The heatsinks increase the height of the memory modules to 47 millimeters, which can lead to conflicts with large CPU coolers. They have a primitive design with a rather small surface area. Made of thin metal, they are easily deformed. And finally, these heatsink plates only hold on to the chips by means of gluey thermal pads without any additional fastening. All of this means that they are merely a decorative element rather than an efficient cooling solution.
So, the heatsinks on the EVO Veloce modules only differ from GeIL's earlier solutions in shape and color. They do not offer any improvements in terms of heat dissipation. On the other hand, this is hardly a big problem because DDR3 memory is generally not very hot. Moreover, there’s another exclusive technology called Die-hard Burn-in ensuring that the EVO Veloce series works well with such cooling. It means that every memory module from GeIL undergoes presale testing under very harsh conditions. To be specific, it must work for 24 hours at an ambient temperature of 100°C. The company claims that such testing can reveal most of failure-prone products whereas memory modules that have passed through it, like this EVO Veloce series, are shipped with a lifetime warranty.