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Geil Black Dragon PC3 12800 CAS 9 6GB Review



The Black Dragon set of modules from Geil does not disappoint. This set of modules delivered comparable performance when run at stock speeds and showed increased performance when overclocked. The Red LED's are a nice touch and give the modules an added bling factor on top of the satin black PCB and gold painted eyes. The only thing I could think of to make them look better would be to relocate the LED's to where the eyes would be, giving them that oh-so-evil look, which would match up with any of the similarly colored motherboards on the market. Many of today's performance modules come with heatspreaders even when running the lower voltages required by Intel's specification (less than 1.65 volts through the modules to prevent damage to the CPU). This is not so with the Black Dragon modules. One reason may be the rigorous in-house testing methodology used called DBT or Die Hard Burn in Technology. What Geil does is take up to 1000 modules and subjects these modules to a torture test at temperatures that reach up to 100 degrees Celsius. Users can have no fear that heat is going to kill the modules.  They have most likely gone through a more extreme test than the any end user will ever put them through. Therefore, the slogan on the packaging, "Tough on Performance, Tougher on Reliability" has an added meaning and creates a value for the consumer. While looks are nice, performance and overclocking headroom are are even better. This set of modules reached the cusp of 2000Mhz with some serious tweak-time, all the while staying cool. What you get with the Geil Black Dragon modules is a set of memory that is proven long before it hits the consumer's hands.  It has the looks to go with just about any system, for a price that is sure to be affordable based on the cost of the last Black Dragon set we looked at. If the looks are appealing, the performance and overclocking are there.



  • Overclocking
  • Looks - red LEDs
  • Overclocked performance
  • Bling
  • DBT Tested



  • CAS 9


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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testiing: Setup and Overclocking
  4. Testing: PCMark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2009
  5. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  6. Conclusion
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