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Patriot Viper DDR3 2000MHz 2x2GB Review

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What is there to say about the Patriot Viper DDR3 2000MHz 2x2GB kit of memory? Well, we could start off by talking about the design of the heatspreaders that are installed on the RAM modules.  They not only have a very interesting design to them, but they also have a very brilliant color that makes them very distinctive. Of course, this distinctive coloring means one thing:  these modules are designed for use in an NF790i chipset and have been certified for use at the 2000MHz level. But not everyone has an NF790i chipset based motherboard, so how will they perform on something other than where they are designed to do their best work? Well, we found out on the X38 based test board that was used in this review. While not able to push the 2000MHz threshhold, we did manage 1700MHz out of these modules. The rated stock speeds of 2000MHz are always a good thing to look for, as this is usually a good sign that they memory sticks will not be the piece of hardware holding up that massive overclock. Dissapaointed is not the word that best describes how I felt about being limited to 1700MHz.  This is, after all, a speed of 850MHz on the memory. A slight letdown is more like it. Needing 2.0V to reach the rated timings and speeds seems like a recipe for disaster, at .5 volts above the JEDEC specification, but Patriot has a lifetime warranty on the modules.  If there is an issue, they will most certainly make it right. DDR3 memory has come down in price for the lower speed rated modules. That is somewhat true on the high end 2x2GB modules as well. Coming in at just under four hundred bucks for this four gigabyte set, you usually get what you pay for. Pushing the memory speeds with four gigs of memory is a tough task for the northbridge, but these are designed for the 790i chipset and will most likely reach the rated speeds with this type of board. If you are running a motherboard with a 790i or 790i Ultra chipset, you can't go wrong with this set of memory. Featuring an EPP 2.0 profile, 2000MHz capability, effective heatspeaders, and a wicked green color that would look right at home with a neon green water loop, you can't go wrong with Patriot's Viper series for Nvidia.



  • Heatsink design
  • High stock speeds
  • Performance
  • Lifetime warranty



  • Stock volts (2.0v)
  • Overclockability
  • Price


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