Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB Reviewccokeman -
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Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB Introduction:
Over the past eight years I have seen how Patriot has improved its brand and enthusiast level memory product stack. As each new platform arrived, Patriot had a set of modules that fit the performance needs of not only the system builder, but the enthusiast and gamer. Intel's introduction of the Haswell-E X99 platform ushered in the age of DDR4 memory. Coming along for the ride was a big jump in speed bins and bandwith associated with the higher speed ratings. The downside was that the primary timings were much looser to run the numbers thanks to the lower 1.2v JDEC operating spec.
As it did when Haswell-E launched, Patriot was ready with high speed DIMMs when the Z170 platform was launched. Today I will be looking at an 8GB dual channel set of Patriot's dual channel Viper 4 modules rated to run at 3400MHz with timings that are reasonable at 16-18-18-36 using 1.35v. Each of these Viper 4 modules are hand tested to ensure high quality standards that allow Patriot to offer a lifetime warranty.
At introduction, it was tough to swallow the cost of DDR4 DIMMs. Thankfully the cost of entry has come down significantly as the technology base is growing. To meet that need, Patriot offers Viper 4 modules in 8, 16, and 32GB kits with speed rating of up to 3600MHz. Pricing should be in the $75 range for these modules, putting them in a pretty sweet spot when you look at the XMP 2.0 rated speed of 3400MHz.
Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB Closer Look:
Patriot's Viper 4 modules come packed in a dark blue and white carton that features a clear window to display the modules. This way you get a full view to see if the modules visuals fit the theme of your build or not. The front panel list the top line specifications, including DDR4 technology with an XMP 2.0 profile, X99 quad channel and 100 series dual channel compatibility, and that this set of Viper 4 modules help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Patriot Memory. The capacity and memory speed are clearly noted up front. The back side of the package details package compatibility, part number of the kit, warranty terms, and how these modules are hand tested to ensure the modules meet Patriot's quality expectations. Inside the box, a pair of modules that make up this dual channel kit come in a plastic clam shell with a small Patriot Memory sticker in tow. No better way to show what parts you are running than a case badge.
Visually, this 8GB set of Patriot Viper 4 modules look much cleaner than the 16GB set of modules I looked at back during the X99 launch, thanks to the switch to a black PCB instead of a green PCB. It just makes the modules look that much better. The red and black theme used on these modules goes well with all of the gaming centric motherboards on the market from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and more. Using Patriot's unique Viper 4 heat sinks that feature two aluminum fins that run down the spine of the modules, cooling has not been an issue, even when running up to 1.5v through these modules on air. At that point it is recommended to have some airflow over the modules. Patriot Memory part number PV48G340C6K shows that these modules are an 8GB kit of Viper 4 DDR4 3400MHz rated DIMMs with an XMP 2.0 profile using timings of 16-18-18-36 at 1.35v. As such they have been qualified on a 100 series motherboard.