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Memory kit DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC: review and testing

When we are talking about memory produced under the brand GeIL, then first of all we think about the lineups GeIL EVO Veloce, GeIL EVO Potenza or GeIL EVO Corsa, which are aimed at overclockers, gamers and other enthusiasts of computer technology. However, the range of products of this manufacturer has more affordable series, for example GeIL ENHANCE Veloce. It includes a dual-channel memory kits operating at frequencies from 1333 to 1866 MHz. in this case the total volume may be 8 or 16 GB. For testing we have one of the top kits of the series - DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

The specs:

Model

GeIL ENHANCE Veloce DDR3-1866

Module marking

GENV38GB1866C10DC

Memory type

DDR3

Form-factor

240-pin DIMM

Number of modules in a kit

2

Capacity of each module, GB

4

Total memory capacity, GB

8

Recommended operation mode

DDR3-1866 10-10-10-32

Nominal supply voltage, V

1,5

Standard operation modes

DDR3-1600 11-9-9-28

DDR3-1600 10-9-9-28

DDR3-1600 9-9-9-28

DDR3-1333 8-8-8-24

DDR3-1066 7-6-6-19

DDR3-1066 6-6-6-19

Extended XMP profiles

DDR3-2133 11-11-11-36 (1,65 V)

DDR3-1866 10-10-10-32 (1,5 V)

Air temperature during operation, °С

0…+95

Producer website

GeIL

Product page

GeIL ENHANCE Veloce DDR3-1866

Packaging and design of modules

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

Kit DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC comes in a colorful cardboard packaging, which protects the memory modules against damage during transportation. It has a small window through which you can see one of the modules, more precisely its cooling system. Also here is the logo with the inscription «DBT Enhanced», reporting that this set passed a series of stress tests developed by GeIL specifically to test the reliability of memory. Tests are carried out in a rather harsh conditions: ambient temperature can reach 100°C, and the test time is 24 hours under the maximum load. In other words, the stability and reliability of kit DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC is provided. Moreover, such a stress test allows to remove out defective modules, thereby ensuring that user will get only high-quality solutions.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

On the reverse side of the box you can find a sticker with the specifications of set DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC. We will learn them in more detail later in appropriate section.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

In order to protect the modules from the breakdown of static electricity they are packed in the plastic blister.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

Memory kit DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC consists of two modules, which are decorated in the traditional style of GeIL. Their large branded radiators have asymmetric top. The coloring has dominated golden-black color, which gives the modules quite attractive appearance. If you belong to the number of users who believe that accessories should be productive and beautiful, you will definitely enjoy the design.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

However in addition to the aesthetic function, the cooling system has also a practical value. The large size of radiators and the presence of large amount of slots in the top improve convection and promote rapid removal of heat from the memory chips. During the optimization of the parameters of modules DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC or in poorly ventilated body parts, the cooling system will not be excess.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

However, the payback is large radiator height, which may cause the problems with compatibility with other components, in particular with the CPU cooler.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

Structurally the cooling system of each module consists of two aluminum plates fastened together with latches, so it is not too difficult to remove it. If you decide to make such an operation, then remember that it will automatically lose the guarantee. Besides, there is a big risk of damaging the memory chips or the same at all to tear them away from the PCB. Intimate contact of circuits and radiator is provided by thin thermal spacers. During testing of a set of DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC under continuous load the module temperature was about 43,8°C. This is a pretty good indicator that confirms the effectiveness of the cooling system. In any case, we note that according to the specification, the maximum temperature at which this set is allowed to operate, is 95°C.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

Modules are made black PCB. Both sides have attached 8 memory chips with capacity of 256 MB each. Thus, the volume of each module is 4 GB and the entire set - 8 GB.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

The manufacturer of chip is notorious company Samsung, and the chips are marked as K4B2G0846Q-BCMA. According to the documentation, they are capable of operating at a frequency of 1866 MHz with delays 13-13-13 at a supply voltage of 1.5 V, which is a pretty good indicator. Also there we found a mention of the support of rate 2133 MHz. In other words, modules DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC have hidden overclocking potential, and in theory they can be run at a frequency of 2133 MHz. We could not identify the title SPD EEPROM.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

A label found on the memory modules has all the necessary technical information: marking (GENV38GB1866C10DC), the capacity of one module (4GB), the peak data rate (14,900 MB/s), a set of timings (10-10-10-32) and operating voltage (1.5 V).

Technical specifications and operating modes

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

More detailed technical information can be obtained using special tools. We refused to use popular programs AIDA64 and CPU-Z, as they interpret the information from the SPD according the old algorithm. To avoid possible inaccuracies, it was decided to use the utility Thaiphoon Burner, designed specifically for the diagnosis of the memory modules. Above is brief and detailed report on the technical characteristics of a set of memory modules DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC.

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

XMP-profile DDR-1866

DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC

XMP-profile DDR-2133

Please note that there are two XMP-Profiles: DDR3-1866 MHz 10-10-10-32 at 1,5 V and DDR3-2133 11-11-11-36 at 1,65 V. If your motherboard supports technology Intel XMP, then one of them will load without any additional manipulation in BIOS settings. As we see, the GeIL engineers fully realized the potential of installed memory chips, forcing them to work at a speed 2133 MHz. Thus, buying memory DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC, you will get kind of a bonus in the form of increased productivity.

But this is not the only optimization of these modules. As we have mentioned above, initially the mark in 1866 MHz is achieved with delays 13-13-13. Here a set of timings is 10-10-10, and neither frequency (1866 MHz) nor voltage (1.5V) was changed. This suggests that a set DDR3-1866 GeIL ENHANCE Veloce GENV38GB1866C10DC has installed not all memory chips in a row from the same series, but only their choicest options.

Testing

We have used the following bench for testing:

CPU

Intel Core i7-4770K (Socket LGA1150, 3,5 GHz, L3 8 МB)

Turbo Boost: enable

C1E: enable

Motherboard

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer

Cooler

Scythe Kama Angle Rev.B

Graphics card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP! (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480, 1,5 GB GDDR5)

Hard disk

Hitachi Deskstar HDS721616PLA380 (160 GB, 16 МB, SATA-300)

Optical drive

ASUS DRW-1814BLT SATA

PSU

Seasonic X-660 Gold

The opponent in the testing was a kit of memory DDR3-2133 GOODRAM LEDLIGHT GL2133D364L10A/16GDC with capacity 16 GB (2 x 8 GB). Both kits were tested in the following modes of operation:

Model

Operation speed, MHz

Latency set


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