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For a thorough study of the EVO Veloce series we’ve got five different dual-channel memory kits of 8 and 16 GB capacity.

They all come in blister wraps additionally packed into a colorful cardboard box. There are cutouts in the packaging so that you could check out the design of the heatsinks and see the sticker with part number on each memory module. There are also stickers with product information on the box itself.

 

Overall, there's nothing extraordinary about the packaging of the EVO Veloce series. There is a paper insert in each box that warns you about two things. First, the SPD information is meant for compatibility and differs from the high-speed modes the overclocker-friendly memory is designed for. And second, setting a high memory clock rate, you shouldn’t forget about increasing voltage. The memory kits rated for 2400 MHz come with an additional warning that such a high clock rate is only guaranteed on mainboards with Intel’s Z77 or X79 chipsets.

Now let’s take a closer look at each of our memory kits.

GeIL EVO Veloce PC3-12800 C9 2x4GB (GEV38GB1600C9DC)

The junior memory kit in this review isn’t really overclocker-friendly because the DDR3-1600 frequency is often specified for ordinary DDR3 memory. It is the exclusive heatsinks that are the distinguishing EVO Veloce feature, though, and the EVO Veloce PC3-12800 C9 is visually no different from its series mates.

There are 16 memory chips below the heatsinks, so the modules are dual-sided. It’s hard to identify the origin of the chips. The original marking has been replaced with GeIL’s own branding which provides no information other than capacity. We can get no inkling as to the overclocking potential of this dual-channel 8GB memory kit.

The GeIL EVO Veloce PC3-12800 C9 has a neatly written XMP profile with information about its default operation mode: DDR3-1600 with 9-9-9-28 timings.

The default voltage of these modules is 1.5 volts, so you can use them without tweaking your memory controller.

GeIL EVO Veloce PC3-12800 C9 2x8GB (GEV316GB1600C9DC)

Dual-channel DDR3 kits from GeIL are available in three capacities (4, 8 and 16 gigabytes) irrespective of their rated speed. 4GB kits aren’t popular anymore whereas 8 and 16GB kits can find a lot of customers. Therefore, it is interesting to compare two same-speed dual-channel kits that differ in capacity.

The GeIL EVO Veloce PC3-12800 C9 2x8GB modules you can see in the photo are actually only one half of a quad-channel 32GB kit. That’s why they have the letters QC at the end of the part number. But since there is no difference between modules in these dual- and quad-channel kits, this replacement is justifiable, especially as it allows us to learn more about the new GeIL products.

There seem to be no differences between the 16GB and the 8GB kits. They are marked differently, but the heatsinks are identical.

It is again hard to say anything about the interior design. Yes, there are 16 chips below the heatsinks of the 16GB dual-channel GeIL EVO Veloce PC3-12800 C9 kit, each chip twice the capacity of the previous modules’ chips, but we don’t know where they come from. GeIL doesn’t disclose the origin of the components, so the only thing we can learn about them is their capacity.

The contents of the single XMP profile are almost the same as in the previous case.

So, we have to wait for our test results to find any differences between the two memory kits that have the same specs but differ in capacity.

 
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