Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9200 DDR2-1150MHz Review

ajmatson - 2007-11-13 11:29:47 in Memory
Category: Memory
Reviewed by: ajmatson   
Reviewed on: December 2, 2007
Price: $199.99


Memory, memory, memory.  You can never have to much. Just as you need to keep things stored in your brain to function, a computer needs it for the same thing. How much is enough? How fast is fast enough? Well that is all based on your usage and your desire. Me?  I like the fastest and the greatest, and that is where Patriot came in when designing the Extreme Performance PC2-9200 2GB Set. Patriot has been developing flash memory and system RAM for some time, and here they try to bump it up with a set designed for gamers and high end workstations. With so much memory on the market today, how do you know which one is the best for you? Well, that is what I am here for. I am going to put this set of memory to the test against several other manufactures to see if this RAM is truly Extreme Performance. For all of you nVidia fans out there this memory will definitely appeal to you as it is EPP certified which supports SLi.


Closer Look:

Here we see the memory in a standard blister type packaging with the back side clear to allow you to see what you are getting before you purchase them. Each module is sandwiched between two heatsinks made from Patriot's Aluminum Bladed Heat Shield Technology to decrease heat and increase stability. Included in the package are the two matched 1GB Dual Channel sticks, and a quick install guide to help you correctly install them into your computer.








The Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9200 modules are rated at speeds of DDR2 1150MHz and have enhanced latency timings of 5-5-5-12. They are also EPP Enabled which stands for Enhanced Performance Profile, a technology designed by nVidia to make overclocking easier. To take advantage of EPP you must have a motherboard that supports it, as well as EPP Enabled RAM.



Patriot's Blade Heat Sink Technology takes a cool approach to keeping the temps of the RAM under control. The blades are secured to the memory chips themselves to draw heat away from them and disperse it away from the modules. The space between the PC board and the blades are totally opened allowing maximum airflow over the board and chips to keep them as cool as possible. This is great for overclocking, as the heat would get trapped in a closed heatsink making the RAM unstable.


To install the modules, first and most important, make sure all power is off and disconnected. Slide back the retention clips from the old memory and carefully remove them from the memory slots on the motherboard. Now comes the good part. Take the new memory modules and line them up correctly, making sure the notch in the memory slot matches up with the groove on the memory module. Carefully press on the two ends of modules until they snap into place and the retention clips click into place. Viola, all installed. Now just plug back in the power plugs and turn the computer on. Boot into Windows, and there you go, all upgraded and ready to go.








If you have a motherboard that supports EPP RAM, at the bios bootup it will show the RAM is detected, and adjust the speeds and timings according to the speed of the RAM.




DDR2 1150(PC9200)
Cas Latency




I don't know about you, but I am ready to see if this RAM has what it takes to be "Extreme".  I am going to test this RAM against the OCZ Reaper HPC Edition PC2-9200, and the Mushkin XP2-9200 memory sets. The tests will be run at JEDEC speeds of 400MHz (DDR2 800) and then bumped up to the memory's native speed of 575MHz (DDR2 1150)


Testing Setup:

 Memory Tested:


CPU-Z - This is an application that will precisely display system information without having to go into the BIOS. Here is the information on the modules at the standard DDR2-800 JEDEC speeds and at DDR2-1150.



Windows Task Manager - The Task Manager allows you to view real time performance of your memory and system information. For memory, it will let you know how much is being used, and what you have left.


PCMark05 - For the next test we are going to run the PCMark05 System suite for overall performance, and also the Memory Suite to gauge the memory on an individual basis. For the scores in these tests, higher is better.










SiSoftware Sandra XI: In Sandra, I'll be administering the following benchmarks: Memory Bandwidth, Cache and Memory, and Memory Latency. Higher is better in all tests, except for Memory Latency, where lower is better.


Cachemem - This is another popular tool that will test the read and write capabilities of the modules. Since this measures MB/s (Megabits per second), the higher scores are the better. 












Far Cry - This game has been a very popular first person shooter. For this test we'll be using the Hardware OC 1.8 benchmarking program, and the scoring will be in FPS, so higher is better.




For overclocking, I wanted to see how far I could push the RAM using the stock timings of 5-5-5-12 and 2.3v by just pushing the speed of the RAM, and keeping the CPU at stock of 2.66GHz. I slowly raised the clock speed of the memory by 5MHz until I could no longer pass memtest86+ without getting any errors. The highest I could safely get was 1200MHz before it topped out. I ran the same benchmarks as before against the same comparison memory, but this time at the overclocked 1200MHz speeds.

As I always want to stress overclocking as fun as it is, stresses your components. I recommend you read OCC's Overclocking Basics, and the Overclocking FAQ so that you have a basis to follow in your adventure. Also RAM gets very, very hot when putting more voltage through it, so I suggest you have some sort of active cooling like a RAM fan or comparable.


CPU-Z - Here is a shot of the specs running at 600MHz. As you can see the timings and speed were set in the BIOS for the stock specs.










Now that the electrons are racing, lets see if it improves the scores...


PCMark05 - Again we are looking for the higher scores on this one.  












Sisoft Sandra XII - Here we are running the same tests as before, but with them being overclocked. With all the scores, higher is better, except the Memory Latency score, which lower is better.


Cachemem - Higher scores are better.  











Far Cry - Overclocked using the Hardware OC 1.8 Benchmarking utility. Higher is better for feet per second.




All I can say is wow! I think the scores for this RAM speak for themselves. It surpassed the other sets in fifty percent of the tests, and came very close in the rest. The margins are big in the tests where it came out on top, which shows the true speeds of this set of RAM. The RAM installed and booted with no problems and ran 100% the whole time. During overclocking I could not get the memory to go over 1200MHz, even with upping the voltage a little and loosening the timings.

Overall this memory performed ahead of the pack. Timings of 5-5-5-12 for 1200MHz is better than latencies on some 800MHz RAM. For the price, you can not go wrong with this set; blazing speeds with a nice price tag to suit any enthusiast. Here you can get a set of RAM that will run at PC2-9600 speeds at a fraction of the price, what a no brainer.