Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB Reviewccokeman - September 5, 2013
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Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB Introduction:
With the launch of a new chipset and processors from Intel, which deliver incredible memory speed capabilities right out of the box, memory manufacturers are delivering kits that can take advantage of the new Haswell architecture's robust memory controllers. Patriot has such a kit in its arsenal with the Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 kit rated at 2400MHz and running a CAS latency of 10 using just 1.65v. I have looked at several of the Viper 3 kits in the past, including the 2133MHz set of these modules that pushed up over 2500MHz on the Z77 platform. When you look at it over time, Patriot has a strong track record of delivering exceptional memory performance with its Viper series lineup. As the lineup has matured and speeds have risen, changes have been made in the heat sink package used on the modules. The original Viper series modules used an AOC sink with high rise cooling fins that have shrunk down in size with the Viper Series sinks seen on the company's Division 4 modules. Now the Viper 3 design is in use, which while light weight, is functional. Patriot offers the Viper 3 modules in a variety of colors to more closely match your system theme with Venom Red, Jungle Green, Sapphire Blue, and Black Mamba.
While I get to explore the potential of this set of Viper 3 Series Black Mamba modules in a 4x4GB 2400MHz configuration, the series is available in speeds from 1333MHz to 2400MHz and capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB for both Intel and AMD platforms. Set up with an Intel XMP 1.3 profile and delivered with a lifetime warranty, this set has the potential to be world class with a modest price point based on some of the past history. Will this set deliver the numbers we like to see? Let's dig in and find out.
Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB Closer Look:
When you look at the packaging, you get a dark theme with the Black Mamba modules. A window shows the modules off so you know exactly what you are getting when you lay down your hard earned cash. The Viper and Patriot names are in silver on the black background. There is a decal that lists the capacity of 8GB, how the configuration is reached (2x4GB), and the speed rating of PC3-19200 or 2400MHz. Further down the information shows the modules are hand tested, feature an Intel XMP profile, and are equipped with an advanced cooling system. The back side talks about the lifetime warranty in multiple languages, while the SKU decal lists the model number of these modules.
Introduced last year, the Viper 3 heat shield differs from the many previous iterations of the Viper heat sink package by using a thin aluminum shield instead of a robust aluminum shield that uses copper in direct contact with the memory ICs. The stamped heat shield is slightly taller than the Division 4 or Viper Extreme heat shield at 41mm, putting the airflow openings right in the air stream, feeding the CPU cooler for maximum cooling efficiency. The front side of the modules shows the Viper name and the Patriot logo on the shield, while the back side carries the specifications/warranty tag. On this tag is the unique serial number, the part number PV38G240C0K, capacity of 2x4GB, voltage needed (1.65v), and the memory timings of 10-12-12-31. Across the top edge of the heat sink is a decal with the Patriot logo to let the world know you are packing some Patriot heat. The PCB used on this set of modules is green rather than the black we saw last year. A little off-putting, but as long as the modules perform well; that's what matters most.
If past performance is any indicator, this set of modules should prove to be high end overclockers with the good looks to make a lasting impression.