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Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Review

BluePanda    -   February 20, 2014
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Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Conclusion:

Hynix shutdowns and high demands have RAM prices through the roof right now. It's absurd to even fathom the fact that even lower end packages require at least $70 for 8GB of some off-branded, no-name, "slow" sticks. Honestly for the amount (16GB) and the speed (2400MHz), it's really a small premium for solid quality sticks. They start out at good clock rates and seem to only want to clock up from there. Even if not so many things depend on memory speeds anymore, it's nice to pick up every bit of performance you can. Without paying a gross amount more, these sticks are really worth it in the long run. I wouldn't see replacing them in any near term unless, of course, you do a complete full upgrade to the DDR4 world when it rolls around. These sticks are definitely in it for the long run whether you overclock or not.

I was quite impressed when I first saw the numbers posted for the 4GB sticks in September. Having this 2x8GB kit as my test bed set makes me a little biased to it, though I honestly find it to be quite a decent set. With prices through the roof it is hard not to tell you to just get what you can afford since in most applications tighter timings, higher speeds, and fancy looking sticks won't buy you much in performance. However, if you want to pay a little extra for better performance, better looks, and that slight boost in memory intensive applications then, well, this might just be for you. Be sure to do your best price shopping, as I've found it ranged at this time (February 2014) to be anywhere between approximately $195 and $220 here in the US.

 

Pros:

  • High stock speeds 2400MHz
  • OC Potential – great for getting the big numbers by loosening timings
  • Lifetime warranty
  • XMP Profiles for Intel Users

 

Cons:

  • Extra cost doesn't translate to real world performance


 

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