Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters Memory 1866MHz 16GB Reviewccokeman - September 6, 2012
Category: Video Cards, Memory
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Patriot is no stranger to putting together special memory to partner with events and companies, as seen with OCC's review of the AMD Performance Edition modules we looked at back in April. Today, the modules we have on review are set to tie in with the Intel Extreme Masters gaming competition. This competition pits pro gamers against each other in Starcraft II and League of Legends. Patriot's Intel Extreme Master modules are based on those using the new Viper 3 cooling package. These modules come in capacities ranging from 8 GB to 32 GB in dual and quad-channel configurations, with speeds from 1600 MHz to 2133 MHz using just 1.5 V. Each kit is hand-tested to work with Intel 6 and 7 series chipsets, is XMP certified, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Having looked at many of Patriots Viper series modules over the past few years, there has always been a focus on performance as well as cooling when digging into what the modules have to offer the enthusiast user. The limited edition set of Intel Extreme Masters modules in this review is rated for operation at 1866 MHz (PC3-15000) speeds with latencies of 10-11-10-30 at the aforementioned 1.5 V. Pricing on this 16 GB set will run in the neighborhood of $125. Let's take a quick look at the modules and dig into what they have to offer. After seeing what the Viper 3 8GB kit was capable of, I have some high expectations for this set of modules.
The Intel Extreme Masters co-branding is clearly evident on the front side of the retail packaging, especially with the "Limited Edition" script just above the capacity information. A window shows off the Intel Blue modules so you know just what you are getting when picking these up off the shelf. Just about all you need to know about the modules is posted right on the front of the package, with the highlights being Advanced Cooling, a capacity of 16 GB, Intel XMP certification, and that the modules are 100% hand tested before leaving production. On the back side of the package, the window gives another view of the modules, with the basic specifications in 9 languages. Inside the package, the modules are held in a simple plastic clam shell case.
Patriot's Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters modules are delivered with a blue heat shield using the latest Viper 3 design. The front side of the modules shows off the Intel Extreme Master logo and limited Edition moniker to signify that these are of limited run. The back side is similar, with the Patriot name and specifications listed on the warranty tag. These modules carry part number PVI316G186C0K – in simple terms, it signifies a 16 GB kit consisting of two 8 GB modules running at 1866 MHz. The warranty tag lists the latencies of 10-11-10-30, the voltage requirement of 1.5 V, and the unique serial number of each module. The PCB is deep black in color and offers an excellent contrast to the brilliant blue on the Viper 3 heat shields.
Looks are not everything when it comes to enthusiast-grade parts, as we have seen in the past. Good looks are great, but the functionality has to be there for the product to work. Patriots Viper 3 design does well on both counts with the newly-designed heat sinks. These shields use a stamped aluminum shell that is vented at the top to allow airflow through the modules on its way to the heat sink or out the chassis. Using an applied 1.5 V, the modules are not going to over-work the heat sink in normal use. These modules are 41 mm in height and should not prove to have clearance issues unless you're using a low clearance CPU heat sink.
The Viper 3 modules have already been proven to deliver excellent performance and overclocking potential. With this set rated at 1866 MHz, my guess is they will still offer a bit of headroom over that. Let's see if the stunning good looks – which matches up with many of the blue and black themed motherboards on the market, no less – will be coupled with some Extreme performance.