Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9600 DDR2-1200MHz Reviewajmatson -
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Using this RAM was nice, as it took little effort to get it to run at the specified speeds. One thing I do want to make you aware of is that the memory seems to be picky on what motherboards it will perform on. A co-worker and I tried this memory set on an Abit IP-35 and a DFI 680i Lt and we could not get it to go to 1200MHz. When put into the XFX 680i SLi board it worked with no problem and no altering of the EPP set profile. I would recommend trying this memory out, but be careful on the compatibility issue. Also if you are a hardcore overclocker then you will hit a wall with this set because it will not go over 1200MHz. Even with hitting that hard wall there is still plenty of room under the cap. This allows for 1:1 overclocking at its best.
On the other hand, during testing this memory at 800MHz speeds, the set ran on par as the other sets tested. It was at 1200MHz that the memory came a little ahead on some tests, but not enough to be "extreme". The OCZ Reaper set ran at 5-5-5-18 timings and performed almost the same as the Patriot RAM did at 5-5-5-12, yet costs about $30+ less. On memory-only tests, in Sandra and Cachemem you can see the increase, but if it does not affect the overall system performance the same way then it is not worth the extra money. If you're the type of person who wants that millisecond edge, then this would be a great set for you. For the everyday gamer, however, there may be better choices out there for you.
- Fast performance at specified speeds.
- EPP ready, which made overclocking easy.
- Aluminum Heat Shield to help dissipate the heat.
- Low timings at the higher clock speeds.
- Could not go higher than 1200MHz.
- Not compatible with all motherboards and chipsets.