GEIL Super Luce RGB Lite For Ryzen Systems Tested
On this review, we are taking a good look at GEIL’s Super Luce RGB Lite memory kit. An AMD Ryzen geared DDR4 kit with a splash of RGB on top of an arctic white facade.
The GEIL Super Luce RGB Lite we got features the part number GALWC48GB2400C16DC. It is basically the 2400MHZ 4GBx2 kit from the Super Luce Lite Series. The Lite Series is GEIL’s no software and motherboard support required RGB kit. Basically a slap-on and forget it sticks. Learn more from the official product page and get it at Amazon.
The memory kit we got is a part of the vast Super Luce family of high performance DIMMs from GEIL. The Super Luce family has frequencies ranging from 2133MHz up to 3200MHz; with 15 to 18 CAS Latency. It is also available in Black, non RGB variants, single and quad channel kits.
|SERIES||Super Luce Lite (AMD)|
|MULTI-CHANNEL KIT||Dual Channel Kit|
|FEATURES||Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready|
Our kit is at the middle of the pack with 2400MHz of tested frequency and 16-16-16-36 timings. It is Intel XMP 2.0 certified but is intended to fully support AMD’s latest AM4 chipsets.
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES:
The GEIL Super Luce RGB Lite comes in a rather slim packing with a two piece plastic shell holding the memory kit together. The back features a cut out to checkout the kit’s specifications, while there is a sticker that provides the most basic of information about the kit’s frequency and timings.
Bundled accessories are non existent but you’re not actually buying this for those things, right?
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY:
The GEIL Super Luce RGB Lite kit we got is shrouded in an immaculate arctic white passive cooler. Styling is gamer-esque still, but it is fitting.
With a height of around 50mm, the Super Luce should be compatible with slim tower and top down coolers with higher clearance. It is still recommended to check out your cooler’s dimensions.
There isn’t much to tell about the DIMMs apart from the fact that these are dual rank modules. Each side had 4 memory chips, with 512MB each. A total of 4GB for each stick on our Super Luce model.
TEST SETUP AND METHODOLOGY:
The performance of the system shall be evaluated by various benchmarking tools and applications. We are testing this system with the high-performance settings enabled at the OS, with the default UEFI configuration. Background processes such as anti-virus and third-party applications are disabled as well. Outlined below are the applications and benchmark tools for reference:
|TEST SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS|
|PROCESSOR||AMD Ryzen 5 1600X|
|MOTHERBOARD||MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon|
|CPU COOLER||Cryorig C1 Top Flow|
|MEMORY KIT||GEIL Super Luce RGB Lite 2400MHZ 8GB DDR4|
|GRAPHICS CARD||ASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6GB|
|INTERNAL STORAGE||Crucial BX200 480GB|
|POWER SUPPLY||CORSAIR RM850X 850W|
|DISPLAY||27″ DELL U2715H + LG 43UF680T 4K UHD TV|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro|
CPU AND MEMORY PERFORMANCE:
- Super PI – 32M Calculations
- wPrime – 32M and 1024M Calculations
- AIDA64 Extreme Edition – Memory Benchmark
- GIMP – 7 MB worth of image processing
- HandBrake – 150 MB MP4 to H.264 video encoding
- WinRAR – Internal benchmark tool
- Battlefield 4 – Ultra Settings | V-SYNC off
- DIRT: Rally – Ultra Settings | V-SYNC off
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Ultra Settings | HairWorks off | V-SYNC off
The GEIL Super Luce memory kit we got has a JEDEC standard of 2133MHz with default timings at 16-15-15-36 under 1.20v. At its XMP 2.0 settings, the Super Luce features a 2400MHz frequency, together with a 16-16-16-36 timings under 1.20v.
We never had any problems with the Super Luce on our motherboard. Requiring us just to set the XMP settings and off we go on a good start.
CPU AND MEMORY PERFORMANCE:
Super PI is a single-threaded program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point. It is a widely used benchmark within the industry.
WPrime is a multi-threaded program that calculates a set number of square roots. It verifies the results by squaring them, then compares it with the original numbers.
The AIDA64 Memory Benchmark measure the data transfer bandwidth and latency of the system memory.
GEIL’s Super Luce RGB Lite showed us good results overall. It is generally faster than the other 2400MHz configured kits we’ve tested which is reassuring.
GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free and open-source image editing tool. A 7 MB worth of images is be processed and converted to gauge the system performance.
HandBrake is a free video encoding tool that supports a wide variety of media codecs. A 150MB worth MP4 video is converted using the H.264 codec to gauge the system performance.
WinRAR is a file archive utility that can create, view and unpack numerous archive file formats. The software’s built in benchmark tool is utilized to gauge the system performance.
On our 3 benchmarks, the Super Luce at 2400MHz is the slowest in general out of the bunch. It showed us that no matter how good it is on the synthetics, timings and frequency still matters the most when it comes to our real world benchmarks. That’s especially true at GIMP and HandBrake.
Battlefield 4 is Electronic Art’s popular First Person Shooter, running on the Frostbite 3 game engine developed by DICE. It utilizes the DirectX 11 and the Mantle API.
DIRT: Rally is CODEMASTER’s take on the rally racing game genre. It utilizes the EGO game engine with support for the DirectX 11 API.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CDProjekt RED’s award-winning Action Adventure RPG. The Witcher 3 utilizes the REDengine 3 with DirectX 11 support.
Gaming performance is where the GEIL Super Luce redeemed itself. At least on Battlefield 4. Other games? Not so much of a deal.
WRAPPING IT UP:
The GEIL Super Luce 2400MHz RGB Lite performed well on our benchmarks. Though I’d be honest that it is not the best 2400MHz out there when it comes to raw performance. To be fair, you are not going to buy this for that one alone – leading us to its appearance.
Aesthetically, GEIL made a masterpiece with the Super Luce line up – whether it’s the Black or the White one. The RGB lighting effect is just dead gorgeous, as if the kit is compensating for something. Frankly, I could say that the lighting effect on the Super Luce Lite is just a tad better than the Trident Z RGB – as is. That’s with a price to match at 5089 Pesos and without lighting options to tinker with.
With or even without the Ryzen certification, the module worked with 3 AMD chipsets we’ve tested. The Super Luce booted just fine on an A320, B350 and even with an X370 motherboard. We also tested it on our Intel test system and it just works.
Overall, the GEIL Super Luce 2400MHz RGB Lite is one fantastic value kit. That’s even considering the latest price trends in the DDR4 memory space. Not exactly a high performance kit but it gets a 5 star on the looks department. Just watch out for clearance issues with coolers – or just don’t use huge coolers at all. This one is best with low profile coolers and AIOs.