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Patriot Viper 4 16GB PC4-24000 Introduction:
Patriot has been building high performance memory for as long as I have been seriously interested in computers. I have looked at each of the Viper series modules starting with the Viper Fin modules equipped with Large heat shields sporting Patriots proprietary ACC (Aluminum/Copper Composite) technology to manage the thermals on the memory IC's. That was back in 2008 and Patriot has continually refined the Viper brand since then with updated thermal solutions that take advantage of the latest cooling technologies and memory IC's to meet the needs of the high performance computing enthusiast. Each new platform that comes out from Intel and AMD provide new challenges to be met. On the early Intel Extreme series X58 platform we got Tri-Channel support. X79 brought quad channel support and Patriot stepped up with its Division 4 Extreme series modules and now once again we get a new look from Patriot with the Viper 4 series modules I am looking at today.
Designed for use with systems built around Intel socket 2011-v3 Haswell-E processors and Intels X99 Chipset, DDR4 modules are spec'ed to run at much lower voltages and higher speeds than DDR3 modules to take advantage of the massive bandwidth available on the X99 platform. Higher binned modules though are currently running timings that are much looser than what we find with the DDR3 modules that most people are running right now. We saw with the Corsair Vengeance and G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 2800MHz modules that you can work to tighten up the timings to increase performance. Patriot is currently offering up Viper 4 speed bins from 2400MHz to 3000MHz in capacities of 16 and 32GB kits. They are also delivering DDR4 kits in the Viper Extreme and Signature lines with speed bins dependent on the series. Lets take a look at this new offering from Patriot to see just how well it performs when compared to other enthusiast grade modules.
Patriot Viper 4 16GB PC4-24000 Closer Look:
The packaging for these Viper 4 modules is somewhat subdued when compared to the modules themselves. A dark grey background is used on the front with all the pertinent information displayed to the left of a window that shows off the modules. We see that this is a 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 kit rated to run at PC24000 or 3000MHz speeds. The kit is also designed to run with Intel X99 based systems and supports the XMP 2.0 standard for one click plug and play operation. The back side of the package talks about the modules and show that each module is hand tested to ensure that the modules will indeed perform as advertised. The modules come in a pair of plastic clamshells, which secure the modules quite well. Patriot inserts a small case badge sticker in case you want to show your Patriot Pride.
Since this kit is designed to take advantage of the bandwidth provided by Intels quad channel X99 memory architecture, the 16GB capacity is going to be reached by combining 4x 4GB modules. Simple enough it would seem. Patriot does offer 32GB kits consisting of 4x 8GB modules, if you decide to go that route. Visually, these modules are pretty bright using a red and black theme to fit many of the gaming centric motherboards on the market from ASUS, MSI, and others that picked up the color pattern. One side of the modules has the Viper Logo on it and the other side has the warranty/information sticker that lists the speed bin, voltage required, and timings you can expect these modules to run at. Patriot part number PV416G300C6QK corresponds to a 16GB kit of DDR4 3000MHz modules rated to run the numbers using 1.35v and tighter timings of 16-16-16-36 all tied up in the XMP 2.0 profile. 1.35v is a bit higher than the 2800MHz modules I looked at late last year, but given the speed bin and tighter timings, it can be expected. The Viper 4 modules use a three-piece heat sink design with extruded aluminum sides and an attachable fin set on top held in place with screws on each end. Theoretically you could customize the modules by painting the fin set a different color to match your rigs color theme.
These hand tested modules not only look good, but with timings of 16-16-16 at 3000MHz, they should perform as well as they look. Just in case 3000MHz modules are a bit steep for your budget, Patriot has these modules starting at speed bins of 2400MHz sporting timings of 15-15-15. Let's see what the modules are capable of at both stock and overclocked speeds.