Where to start? I have in my grubby little paws a set of GEIL EVO X DDR4 3000 32GB (2 x 16GB) sticks of RAM. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, it’s RGB lit!
High Speed RAM and Glowy Bits. What’s not to like?
First things first, let me lay something out here and now. I’ve been building computers since 1993, and in all those years, I have never used a product from GEIL. Ever. This seems a bit strange to me since as it turns out, GEIL was established in the same year (1993) that I began building PC’s. To be fair, in those days just getting a PC to work was my primary concern and the concept of “Performance” and “RAM” didn’t have any meaning when associated with my 386DX/33 based system.
Over the years, I’ve seen GEIL mentioned in reviews and occasionally noted them as being for sale on NewEgg or similar sites, but for some reason I’ve never picked any up. It doesn’t seem like I’m alone either. Do some searching for GEIL and you’ll find threads on many US Tech Sites that ask about who GEIL is and if they’re any good.
Interestingly, the reviews I’ve read of their RAM (often by European based websites) say positive things about GEIL RAM and it’s clear that GEIL is more readily available and more heavily marketed in the Far East and Europe than we find to be the case here in the USA.
To be fair to GEIL, it’s also got to be tough to compete against entrenched and familiar brands here in the US like Crucial/Micron, Kingston, Corsair, Mushkin, and G-Skill (among a number of others).
But as they say, the proof is in the pudding and I aim to find out for myself how these sticks perform!
With that said, let’s see who GEIL is:
GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the worlds’ leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers that concentrate in making the most innovative products, from memory modules, power supply units to gaming peripherals, for PC enthusiasts worldwide.
Established in 1993, GeIL has soon become one of the most trusted memory professionals in the industry. In the year 2000, with the vast knowledge of tweaking and producing some of the world’s fastest DRAM modules, GeIL shook the PC enthusiasts market and changed it for the better. The introduction of the first ever memory heat-spreader, the dual-channel packaged memory kit and lifetime warranty are all innovative concepts GeIL introduced in the PC DIY market from 2000~2003. Since then, GeIL has been concentrating in perfecting the technologies of IC testing, memory burn-in and quality assurance for memory products in application in all segments of the market. As of today, GeIL memory is trusted and distributed in over 50 countries worldwide with volume upwards of five million pieces annually. GeIL – Always Ahead.
Well, that’s interesting and it paints a pretty good picture of the company and their products. So moving right along, let’s have a look at what they sent us!