Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2133MHz Reviewccokeman - July 30, 2012
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Patriot's latest offering is the Viper 3 line up that brings low cost performance memory to the masses. The Viper series have been the gold standard of Patriot's brand over the years from the early Viper lines that featured an AOC (Aluminum on Copper) heat shield that was effective at removing the thermal load from the modules at the time running upwards of 2.0v. Over the past five years it has gone through several more iterations of the design, using different extruded aluminum designs seen on the Sector 5 and just this year's Division 4 modules using a copper strip across the modules more in line with the earlier AOC design in functionality. The Viper 3 line uses what Patriot calls the Black Mamba design on these modules; this stamped design is lighter yet is tall enough and features enough surface area to shed the thermal loads. The Viper 3 line is hand tested and validated for use on Intel's latest platforms including socket 1155 Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors.
The Viper 3 8GB 2133MHz kit I am looking at today is offered at an unreal $59 and comes with a lifetime warranty. The lineup includes modules that start at speeds of 1600MHz with 2133MHz being the top speed bin. Capacities start at 8GB and rise to 32GB to take advantage of the quad channel capabilities of Intel's socket 2011 X79 chipset. In the past the Viper series modules have always offered up performance, cooling, and excellent overclocking. Let's see if this set lives up to the standard.
The packaging for this set of modules is form-fitted around the internal blister pack that hold the Viper 3 modules. The front of the package has a window that shows off the new look of the modules. The size of the kit (8GB), its configuration (2x4GB), and rated speed (PC3 17000 or 2133Mhz) are on a label beside the window. The Viper name is along the upper end in silver with several attributes below the label including the fact that these modules are hand tested. The back side shows the reverse view of the modules, has the product SKU and part number, along with the warranty discussion in various languages.
As you can see the Viper 3 line has an all new design that deviates from the heritage of the Viper name in terms of looks and heat shield design. The stamped heat shield is slightly taller than the Division or Viper Extreme heat shield putting it up into the airstream flowing into the CPU cooling solution giving the design the ability to efficiently cool the modules. The front side shows the Viper name and the Patriot logo. The back side carries the specifications/warranty tag. On this tag is the unique serial number, the part number PV38G213C1K, capacity of 2x4GB, voltage needed (1.5v), and the memory timings of 11-11-11-27. The new heat shield design is named "Black Mamba" and is a stamped design that measure 41mm in height. At the top are a series of opening used to draw airflow through the modules and release the thermal load. Across the top edge is a decal with the Patriot logo to let the world know you are packing some Patriot heat.
The new look coupled with a black PCB give these modules a sinister look that would look good in just about any build. More so with the red and black themed boards including the ASUS Maximus V Gene used to put these modules from Patriot through their paces.