Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB Reviewccokeman -
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Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB Conclusion:
When I looked at a set of Patriots Viper 3 Black Mamba modules back in July of lat year, I was truly impressed with what Patriot brought to the table with a low voltage set of modules that overclocked well for the incredibly low price point of $59 at the time. What we have this time around is a set of modules that exhibit a lot of the same characteristics when it comes to overclocking. Namely the timings need to be loosened and you need to put some voltage to the modules to really raise the clock speeds. The maximum clock speed I was able to reach with the Viper 3 Black Mamba 2400MHz kit was 2800MHz. To get there required beating up on the memory controller and dropping the bclock and cache ratio down to 42 so I could push them as high as the modules would run. To run at 2800MHz, I had to push 1.70v through them and bump the timings to a performance unfriendly 13-15-14-35. This shows in many of results in the synthetic benchmark testing, however in real life testing the difference between these modules was small, to say the least, with FPS differences of less than 1 FPS, noted in both the x.264 and gaming tests. This set of modules should be equipped with Hynix MFR based ICs. As such, they should provide some overclocking enjoyment when you start hunting for big clock speeds at the expense of everyday performance. This makes them a great for taking big number screen shots but on the back side the performance dies not stand up at those screen shot speeds due to the loose timings.
When you pull back and look at the performance generated by these modules at the 2400MHz 10-12-12-30 1.65v rated speed, you see that you still get similar or better performance when compared to other 2400MHz rated kits. Pretty much what I was expecting. The Black Mamba Viper 3 heat shields are large enough to do what's asked of them, even when I was pushing over 1.8v through them. At that point though, a fan blowing cooling air over the modules will be required to allow the modules to stay cool during running. Sending more voltage through the modules than stock specifications is always going to be a proposition fraught with the possibility of cooking parts. However, Patriot does offer these modules with a lifetime warranty to put your fears at ease. The Patriot Viper 3 Black Mamba modules go through a rigorous hand testing procedure to ensure the modules live up to standards and beyond. Ultimately the payoff in terms of performance is not there when you start loosening the timings to get to a higher number. On the Z87 platform, CPU clock speed is king and you need to push the CPU first followed by the memory to find the best performance compromise. If pricing is as aggressive as last year's models, then these modules should prove to be a bargain for the enthusiast looking to push them to the max.
- Overclocking potential
- Great for screen shots
- XMP Profile
- Lifetime Warranty
- Good looking heat shields
- 100% Hand Tested
- No performance payoff when overclocking
- Great for screen shots