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

BluePanda - 2013-09-22 13:28:51 in Memory
Category: Memory
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: February 20, 2014
Price: $194.99

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

You may be having a bit of déjà vu or wondering what is wrong with the reviewers here at OCC as you swore up and down that we’ve already done this review. Well, this time, it’s not just you; OCC has looked at this RAM previously (as it is what we use in our test beds). Senior Reviewer ccokeman did this nice write up back in September on the 4GB sticks. Today we look at the exact same gear, but this time a little higher density: 8GB sticks. Like the last sticks, this Patriot kit packs the same punch as it is just the bigger version of the Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 kit rated at 2400MHz with a CAS latency of 10 at just 1.65v. We’ve seen a few of these Viper kits on the past and current market with good records of pushing the limits in overclocking (the 4GB sticks did push to 2800MHZ). So let us hope for the same/similar push.

I thought I would point out there in the introduction, as a person who often cares a little about the colors I combine in my rig, the Viper 3 Series (not Black Mamba, obviously) is available in some other colors as well: black, red, blue, and green, as well as in sizes of 4GB to 32GB in a range of 2GB to 8GB stick sizes. A variety of timings and stock starting speeds are available for play as well if you are or aren’t into overclocking your memory. Although not as many things are dependent on memory these days, it’s still nice to have tight timings and faster speeds for that small percentage boost – because my rig is better than yours. Fun aside, let’s take a trip and look at the packaging from Patriot again for refreshers and then see how far we can push these. Let’s hope we can match ccokeman’s results.

 

Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Closer Look:

Most times you don’t spend much time looking at packaging when you buy something, unless you’re looking at the store, but you often open up a NewEgg box determined to install your new hardware. Here I get to force you to look at some of the packaging your products come in – good and bad.

The Patriot Viper box for the Black Mamba 2x8GB kit strongly follows the "black" theme throughout (not sure if the green, red, or blue sticks follow the same – but I would guess they might). Rather than a flashy rendering or Photoshopped image of the product, you have a little window cutout showing you the RAM stick and heat sink itself. The box reads clearly DDR3, advanced cooling, and 100% hand tested. There's no doubt you are getting DDR3 – so no complaining about figuring out what type of RAM you've got here. An icon for XMP is in the lower left corner followed up with "Designed for Intel 6/7 Series Platforms". I'm guessing this box is likely also used for other Viper Black Mamba sticks, as there is a sticker on the packaging to read 16GB as a 2x8GB Kit. It goes further to read the PC3-19200 2400MHz to define these specific sticks. My guess would be Patriot smartly designed standard boxes to use with multiple products since few of you care about the box itself anyway.

The back of the box reads on about excellent performance, high performance heat shields, and limited lifetime warranty in nine different languages for you to sit and attempt to read out loud. There is a back window as well that allows you to view the back labels on the sticks – or in this case what appears to be a neat lightning bolt sticker (GO FAST!!! – See the shot below; perfect for the beer fridge). Pulled from the box the two sticks are in traditional consumer RAM packaging of formed plastic that holds each stick clipped in place. The packaging is even easy to open; no need to find scissors or a knife that you may cut yourself with. The packaging is truly friendly to those of us ready to just GO when it gets here – and for that I commend Patriot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Viper 3 might be the newest member of Vipers in the Patriot lineup, but by no means is it just a complete repeat of previous generations. It features another iteration of the Viper heat sink with a thin aluminum shield that is slightly taller than the Division 4 or Viper Extreme sinks at just 41mm. Airflow cutouts are at the tops of each stick and, much like heat sink fins, provides a bit of convective cooling with added flow from your CPU fans (unless you are running water, of course).

The front of the stick reads a nifty VIPER logo in the center of a striped resonator-shaped tubing design. A Patriot Memory logo in white is centered between the heat sink cutouts on both sides. The back of the stick (or front depending on how you look at it) has a sticker where the VIPER logo might normally be seen. It has the model number, markings for a 16GB kit, speed, timings, DDR3, voltage, and confirmation that it is UDIMM (or unregistered). A nice little warning is included to remind you to leave the sticker as you found it as the warranty is void if removed.

The true PCB beneath the spreaders isn't black like the name may lead you to believe, but like most DIMMS is standard green. The glorious circuitry and dreams of soldering like the machine that put these together can be thought up when viewing it. In all honesty I prefer my stick in the nude with their full story exposed – in any color board (perhaps because I love the work that goes into making them), but the spreaders can be just as cool. Enough about the looks – you want PERFORMANCE. Carry on…

 

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

Series
Viper 3
Edition
Black Mamba
Capacity
16GB (2 x 8GB) Kit
DIMM Type
240-Pin NON-ECC UDIMM
Voltage
1.65V
Tested Frequency
PC3-19200 (2400MHz)
Tested Timings
10-12-12-30
Base Frequency
PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
Base Timings
11-11-11-28
Tested Platforms
Intel® Z77 Series Platforms
Feature Overclock
XMP 1.3

 

 

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



 

All information courtesy of Patriot Memory @ http://www.patriotmemory.com/product/detail.jsp?prodline=5&catid=34&prodgroupid=232&id=1394

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

Memory is often hard to separate from one kit to another in gaming, but when it comes to number crunching and computing, some memory provides an extra boost in comparison. To see just what kind of performance this kit has to offer, I will be running the modules through a series of benches to see just how they compare. There will be 8GB and 16GB kits ranging in speed from 2133MHz - 2400MHz, tested at native speeds as well as overclocked. Overclocking of course will be dependent on exactly how far the testing rig will allow, but I'll push it as far as I can. The testing setup used for these benchmarks is listed below, where Turbo Boost has been disabled to eliminate uncontrolled clock changes that may skew the results. The CPU will be run with default Boost clock speed of 3.9GHz for baseline testing and bumped up to 4.2 GHz for OC testing, or as close as possible to that speed. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and the latest driver for the NVIDIA GTX 770 will be used.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Modules:

 

CPU-Z: This application visually shows 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.

CPU-Z

 

Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file, and processor usage.

Task Manager

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking on the Haswell from Intel is a little different than what I'm used to from previous attempts on past generationional CPUS. CPU clock speeds are no longer heavily influenced by faster memory speeds and leaves less to gain from pushing for that last little bit. However, that doesn't mean us enthusiasts won't still push for the best OC we can get and find the fine line of where our CPU's memory controller is limited.

What I found while playing the game of OC on the CPU and OC of the RAM was that, much like ccokeman, I was unable to push too high on the CPU before being completely unable to push these sticks much past 2600MHz. Though with a solid CPU OC I found it to not be bad with the stock timings. Loosening up the timings, unsurprisingly, let me push quite a bit further allowing me to match the 4GB stick OC of 2800MHz. Relaxed to 13-15-14-35 and letting the motherboard do a little work, I was able to push to 2800MHz with a 4.2GHz clock on the CPU. I will agree that some of you will prefer the tighter timings on the memory depending on your application, but I would still have to say that these sticks are coming in with quite the speed to start with. Getting a near 400MHz boost (though with loose timings) is quite a bit extra. I can't promise you will get the same, but mind you, you will have great sticks to start with even if you only get a marginal amount more.

 

 

Maximum Memory Speed:

The maximum memory speed for each set of overclocked modules is indicative of how well the modules ran on this test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. In other words, your mileage may vary!

 

The benchmarks used in this review include the following:

Benchmarks:

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

PCMark 8: With this benchmark, I will be running the Home and Creative suites. The measurement for the both test suites will be the total score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

Geekbench 2.1 provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

   

   

   

 

Hyper Pi is a multi threaded program designed to calculate Pi up to the 32nd millionth digit after the decimal and is used as both a benchmarking utility and simple stress test to check your overclock before moving forward with more rigorous testing. The world records for this benchmark utility are hotly contested.

   

 

Right off the bat we can see that the playing field is pretty level in these tests across the whole range of memory speeds - although Hyper Pi really highlights the differences between the various kits.  Low latency really wins in Hyper Pi and the somewhat loose stock timings at 2400MHz push the Patriot sticks to the rear of the pack.

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

SiSoftware Sandra 2013: In this program, I will be running the following benchmarks: Memory Bandwidth and Transactional Memory Throughput. Higher score are better in the Bandwidth test while lower scores are better in the transactional memory test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

 

X.264 Benchmark: This benchmark is used to measure the time it takes to encode a 1080p video file into the x.264 format. The default benchmark is used with an average of all four tests on each pass taken as the result.

  

  

 

AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the Cache and Memory benchmark to test each module’s read, write, and copy bandwidth, as well as the latency test.

  

  

  

  

 

At both stock and at 2800MHz the Patriot Viper 3 kit shows a similar trend of being just a bit slower than its counterparts due to the somewhat loose timings it runs. The real world application, X.264 encoding, highlights how synthetic benchmarks differentiate the sticks quite well even when real applications aren't affected much at all.

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

Part first-person shooter, part survival horror, Metro: Last Light is the follow-up to the extremely popular game Metro 2033. Developed by 4A games and published by Deep Silver, this game uses the 4A game engine. In this game set a year after the missile strike on the Dark Ones, you continue on as Artyom as he digs deeper into the bowels of the Metro.

 

 

Settings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

These results really hammer home the point that memory performance rarely impacts gaming.  At all speeds and resolutions the frames per second between the various kits is essentially identical.

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:

 

Cons: