GeIL Evo Corsa 8GB 2133CL9 Dual Channel Kit Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2012-01-04

In the last few months the major hardware spotlights where briefly focused on AMD's Zambezi platform and now more and more on Intels high end Sandy Bridge E platform. Though let us not forget what Intel refers to as the mainstream platform aka socket 1155 Sandy Bridge goodness. The brand new E version requires quad channel action, it's little brethren only in need of dual channel. Todays GeIL dual channel 8Gb kit, comprises for you wiz kids out of two 4Gb dimms at 2133Mhz rated speeds. No cutbacks on timings : CL9-11-9-27 is pretty good stuff. Usually we see high quantity kits running at low speeds (1600ish Mhz) On top of that usually coincides with sluggish timings too. For those that are a bit confused by the brand name : GeIL stands for Golden Emperor International Limited, nothing more and nothing less. Pretty sure most were thinking of something else. Let's open up the kit and see what we can do with this high end 8Gb kit.

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Test Results

As mentioned on the previous page we tested these dimms at the following speeds as they were the ones that were Memtest stable for at least 200%. Also due to the lower ram dividers you can briefly compare them with maybe your current ram set.


  • 1600Mhz : CL7-8-7-21 1T TRFC 100
  • 1866Mhz : CL8-9-8-24 1T TRFC 120
  • 2133Mhz : CL9-11-9-28 1T TRFC 140





No surprise really as the highest ram speed is the fastest in the single threaded Superpi 32M application. The Sandy Bridge architecture scales with tighter timings, but above all loves raw ram speeds as we discovered in the launch review.





Ram bandwith scales nicely with higher clocking rams. Especially the Write result goes bananas when comparing 1600Mhz versus 2133Mhz. Latency result following a similar pattern. Faster ram speeds reflecting in lower latency.





People that use a lot of encoding applications, usually love high ram speeds as it allows them to gain precious time. Rendering over 3 frames per second faster than the 1600Mhz setup is a nice boost.





In our two synthetic Futuremark tests, we see a light improvement if we increase the ram clocks. Nothing mind blowing for a normal end user. An overclocker will cash out for a few free extra points :)





While testing games at medium detail setting and at 1280 x 1024 resolution we see a negligable gain in frames per second. Nothing unexpected as this is proven time after time again. There's usually hardly any gain in game performance with added extra ram speed.



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