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Much like when Intel dropped the first iteration of Sandy Bridge and the P67 platform on the world, Patriot has delivered a memory kit tailored to the new platform. For the earlier socket, we had the Patriots Division 2 dual-channel kit to fit the bill and now with Intel upping the ante to quad-channel capability, Patriot has delivered their Viper Extreme Division 4 memory kits specifically for this platform. Kits are available from 8 GB to 16 GB in capacity. The kit from Patriot we have today is part number PXQ316G1600LLQK, featuring XMP 1.3 and the latest Viper Extreme series hybrid cooling. Let’s see what they have to offer in comparison to the rest of the sets of memory in this roundup.
The packaging for these modules is just as flashy as the Viper Extreme Division 2 kit that I looked at earlier this year. The front shows an image of the four modules, the Division 4 logo, XMP certification, and the basic specifications of the memory. The back side has a paragraph detailing the virtues of the Viper Extreme Division 4 memory – from the copper and aluminum cooling, to the Intel XMP certification and hand testing of each kit for the highest possible quality. Inside are two blister packs that contain the modules and a sales card.
Patriot's Viper Extreme modules part number PXQ316G1600LLQK is a 16 GB set of modules that run at PC3-12800 speeds (1600 MHz) with latencies of 8-9-8-24 using 1.65 V. This kit is comprised of 4 x 4 GB modules for 16 GB in capacity. One side shows the Patriot Viper Extreme logo while the other again has a copper-colored decal detailing the specifications of the memory. This doubles as a warranty label.
While the lower latencies and speed should help the modules’ performance, the cooling solution is where Patriot has a point of difference. Over the years, the Viper series heat shields have morphed from a ribbed aluminum-bonded-to-copper design called AOC, to a Viper II extruded aluminum shield, to the latest Viper Extreme design that uses an extruded aluminum body over a copper strip that pulls the heat from the memory ICs. This doubles as a visual feature that serves to give the modules a popular industrial look.
As the lowest rated speed rated in this comparison, it will be interesting to see if the tighter latencies can overcome the higher speeds of the rest of the modules. With the gap between memory dividers, the modules will hopefully have enough headroom to reach the 1866 MHz or higher frequency and add more value to this kit.