Patriot Sector 5 2x2GB 2000MHz Cas 8 Reviewccokeman -
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To say I was disappointed with the Patriot Viper II Sector 5 modules would be a disservice to these modules. During the testing, the modules showed improvements over the performance of the comparison modules due to the higher speed they were running. The gaming tests showed the modules were good for an additional few FPS at the bottom end. The PCMark Vantage tests showed an advantage toward the Patriot modules as well, while the Sandra testing is all in favor of the Patriot modules. When it came to overclocking the Sector 5 modules, I was already close to tapped out on the clock capabilities of my i5 processor, but I still had 200MHz more to play with, which gave me a maximum memory speed of 2200MHz that the modules were capable of running with some tweaking of voltages and subtimings. The voltage did need to get moved up above what Intel tells us is safe to 1.70 volts, but that's part of the game when you are pushing for higher than rated speeds. While 200MHz does not sound like much of an overclock, you have to put it in perspective. There is possibly more left in this set of modules, as the voltages and timings did not get out of hand. That being said, the modules would indeed run at 7-7-7-24 at speeds up to 2070MHz with the voltage at the same 1.7 volts I used for the 2200MHz at 8-8-8-28. Bonafide 2000MHz+ 7-7-7-24 memory without insane voltages is what this set of modules delivered in my testing. That makes it the first set I have tested to go above 2000MHz cas 7. When the manufacturer specially picks the ICs used on the modules, you can be assured that you will be getting something special.
Not only do the Sector 5 modules perform well, they also are using what is called the Advanced Aluminum heatspreader that does the job it is designed to do and keeps the modules cool. Of course, additional airflow over the modules is a good thing to have when beating on them trying to get the most from them. The red and black theme should go well with just about any build and looked right at home in the ASUS Maximus III Formula motherboard used as the test bed. The addition of the activation key for the full version of 3DMark Vantage is a nice added bonus that adds value to the purchase. Pricing on the Sector 5 modules, as you can guess, come in at a premium price point of about 175 bucks, but this still puts the modules about $55 less than the Dominator GTs from Corsair, while featuring the same timings. The old saying goes, you get what you pay for! Performance, good looks, cooling, XMP profile, and a Lifetime warranty, make these modules ones to keep on your short list.
- Timings can be reduced at 2000MHz
- Good Looks
- Lifetime warranty
- 3DMark Vantage
- Certified on P55 Platform