Patriot Viper Fin DDR3 PC3 12800 2 x 1 GB Reviewccokeman - January 23, 2008
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After testing five different sets of DDR3 memory, I must say that the highest clockspeeds that I have attained were with the Patriot Viper Fin PC3 12800, 962FSB (1924MHz) 8-7-7-20. 162FSB worth of overclocking headroom means that with a 1:2 memory divider you will be hard pressed to find a CPU that can outscale this memory. Did I mention that this was done at a 1t command rate? With higher speed rated memory, the expectation is that it will go a little faster and further up the clock speed scale. This does hold true in many instances, though not all. With the voltage requirements for performance DDR3 creeping up and away from the 1.5 volts DDR3 spec, cooling the memory modules needs to be addressed. Patriot designed a special Aluminum-Copper composite (ACC) heatspreader that effectively cooled the modules down. Even with 2.0+ volts running through them they never got warm to the touch. One surprise was the ability to run tighter than stock timings at 1333MHz. I was able to run the modules at 6-5-5-16 with only 1.76 volts. Sweet!
When DDR3 is mentioned, price is brought up as the main liability when the talk turns to migrating. At this point, DDR3 performance modules are expensive. I still remember paying $320 for a nice 2 x 1GB set of TCCD modules not too terribly long ago. $300 was the price tag on my first set of DDR2 modules as well. With a price just shy of $300, the entry price is similar to each of the last two generations, at least for a 2 x 1GB set. 4GB sets, on the other hand, are just prohibitively expensive at this point, though moving to Vista may neccesitate having the additional memory. The old sayiong holds true though, you gotta pay to play.
Speaking of playing, gaming performance was another surprise area for me. 5 to 20 frames per second increases just with the switch of the system memory is unreal. Each test was run five times to verify the results. If you are looking to migrate to DDR3, take a careful look at the offerings on the market, but with the overclockability of the Patriot Viper Fin series, you really won't have to look too far. Good looks, cool running, overclocking headroom, and XMP profiles, what else do you need in a set of modules?
- Unique Heatspreader Design
- Cool Running Modules
- Gaming Performance
- Can Run Tight Timings at Low Speeds
- Overclocking Headroom
- XMP Profiles
- 1900MHz + Speeds 1t