Patriot Sector 5 2x2GB 2000MHz Cas 8 Reviewccokeman - November 12, 2009
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Many people believe that memory modules all perform the same, but this is not true. Every module overclocks and performs differently. You want to get the best for your money and there are many ways to test which memory performs best. In order to test the Patriot Viper II Sector 5 modules, I will be running them through the OverclockersClub suite of benchmarks to see how the performance compares to that of modules that are rated at a lower rated speed, but with similar timings of 8-8-8-24. The CPU is run at a clock speed of 200 x 16 on the Patriot modules, while the Corsair and Kingston modules are run with the CPU at 160 x 20 with the memory multiplier increased to reach the 2000MHz mark of the modules. For the overclocking test, I will use a combination of voltages and increasing the clock on the CPU to increase the clock speed of the Viper II Sector 5 modules from Patriot to see if they will reach higher speeds.
- CPU: Intel Core i5 750
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus III Formula
- Memory: Patriot Sector 5 2000MHz Cas 8
- Video Card: ASUS ENGTX260 MATRIX
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1 TB 7200.11 SATA
- Optical Drive: Asus DVD-R
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings, and SPD chip information.
Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file, and processor usage.
- Processor: Intel Core i5 750 214x16
- Memory: Patriot Sector 5 2x2 GB 2200MHz 8-8-8-28 1t , 2070MHz 7-7-7-24 1t
The Patriot Sector 5 modules hit 2000MHz 8-8-8-24 with ease. Of course, they should since that is the rated speed of the modules. Since the CPU was already pushed to a 200 clock just to get to the 2000MHz rated speed I was not sure just how far I was going to be able to push them above the 2000MHz threshold. 2100MHz was not too difficult, requiring a bump in the IMC voltage up to 1.70 volts to get into Windows and run the benchamrks. To go higher needed some serious tweaking and I ran out of clock before tapping out the Sector 5 modules. 2200MHz at 8-8-8-28 is not bad at all. With the top end tapped out, I went on to check and see just how tight the latencies could be squeezed. What I was greeted with was 7-7-7-24 at 2070MHz with only 1.72 volts. This was a surprise and hints at the fact that these modules might be Elpida Hyper based. Time and pulling the spreaders off will be the only way to tell for sure.
The benchmarks used in this review include the following:
- CPU-Z Version 1.52
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra 2009
- Left 4 Dead