AMD Performance Edition 8GB Memory Reviewformerstaff -
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I led off by expressing surprise that with all that AMD has going on in its agenda to get back in the game that the company would get into the memory business. It does appear that AMD has found a good partner in Patriot. Patriot has been manufacturing some of my favorite sticks for a few years now and certainly have the experience to bring component specific performance to the table. While I did not get the technical answers I am curious about regarding why these AMD branded modules will work better with AMD components, it appears that they may do just that. They seemed stronger in some areas, and were definitely 'plug-n-play' in my system finding the advertised speeds, timings, and voltages upon turning on the machine without messing around in the BIOS. They also ended up reaching a higher overclock (albeit slight) than the others as well. Again keep in mind that this is a representation of how the Performance Edition performed on my all-AMD machine. There may be more in way of optimizations to be had in other configurations.
Also noted was the heft of the modules due to the heavy-duty heat sinks. While many models of RAM have high-crested heat sinks to ostensibly do a better job with heat dissipation, they are stamped aluminum and can interfere with "big" air cooling solutions. AMD has opted to put all of the heat dissapation aspects of these modules into hefty, yet low-profile 30mm aluminum extrusions that seem to work very well. This decision removes the possibility of having to leave your first and possibly second DIMM vacant. Not a desirable prospect if you are like me and run 16GB+ for running memory devouring software like Photoshop CS5, 3DSMax 2012, Auto CAD, etc. I am looking forward to seeing what level of performance the top level 'Radeon' series has to offer when It arrives.
- Good performance
- Lifetime warranty
- Good pricing
- Tight timings for 1600MHz (8-9-8-24)
- Optimized for AMD systems
- Installs correct settings/timings
- Fairly good overclocking
- Great extruded aluminum heat sinks
- Low-profile for wider cooler selection
- Intel compatible