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It’s easy to characterize the EVO Veloce series of system memory from GeIL. As we’ve seen in our tests, it is an evolutionary development of the EVO Corsa series, which had been promoted by GeIL previously. The modernization isn’t far-reaching, actually. In fact, the manufacturer only changed the shape and color of the heat-spreaders, without even improving their efficiency. The components are the same (at least, in the top-end models). The PCB design hasn’t changed and the chips that could be identified by their original marking are still from Hynix.

However, the EVO Veloce and EVO Corsa series are not the same thing. The new quality assurance standards introduced by the manufacturer have helped improve product specs. The older series was limited to DDR3-2666 mode whereas the new one includes memory modules rated for up to DDR3-2800. The midrange models of the EVO Veloce series have got better timings, higher overclockability and more attractive pricing.

That’s why we do recommend the new EVO Veloce series, which is not only the best memory from GeIL but also looks highly competitive among overclocker-friendly DDR3 SDRAM kits from other brands.

It’s hard to tell which of the numerous EVO Veloce products to prefer. The junior models of the series can be overclocked to 2000 MHz and more while the senior ones can work at higher frequencies but don't have high overclocking potential. So, if you want to save some money and to try your luck, the 1600 and 1866MHz kits can be a good choice. But if you want to guarantee maximum performance, you should go with the DDR3-2400 or an even faster kit.

You must keep two things in mind while looking for the optimal solution. First of all, although there is no point in trying to keep memory timings low because frequency has a stronger effect on performance, memory kits with a lower CAS Latency are generally better at overclocking than the ones with higher latencies. And second, if your priority is speed, you shouldn't buy too much system memory. Dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM kits of 8 GB modules are somewhat slower than their 2 x 4 GB counterparts at the same settings.

Concluding this review, we would like to remind you that there also exist limited edition EVO Veloce modules with white heatsinks. Although color has no effect on their performance, the snow-white modules are really beautiful. You may want to at least take a closer look at them if you have the chance.

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