Patriot Viper Series Tri Channel DDR3 PC3 10666 3x2 GB Reviewccokeman - December 21, 2008
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It's nice to see a product show real measurable results that flat blow away another current generation product. At the same 7-7-7-20 latencies, at 1.5 volts, the Viper series of modules offers superior performance when compared to a three gigabyte set of memory with equivalent timings. To take advantage of the benefits of a set of six gigabyte modules you will want to use a 64-bit operating system. XMP Profiles make it easy for the novice to push the modules for additional performance and can give a hint as to where you may want to improve on those settings by manually configuring your system. So are six gigabytes going to bring any real performance increases? In my testing, there certainly were significant increases across the board. When overclocked to 835Mhz, they delivered even more. Since Intel has said that going above 1.65 volts is going to cause harm to the processor, I kept the voltages in that neighborhood, never exceeding 1.68 volts, just to see if the modules would respond to the higher vDIMM. Because the modules are running at a low 1.65 volts, they were never even warm to the touch. The airflow over the modules from the heatsink fan was sufficient to keep module temperatures in check for the duration of the testing. Pricing on this set of modules comes in around $265, which is actually lower than some of the 2GB sets of performance DDR3 I tested earlier this year. This is kind of surprising to see, but is a welcome relief to those who had thought 6GB of memory specified for the X58 and Core i7 platform would come with a severe price penalty, that is not the case. Having the ability to run 1333MHz at 7-7-7-20 latencies and offering a significant increase in performance the Patriot Viper Series Tri Channel DDR3 kit designed for use with Intels latest is definitely worthy of your hard earned dollars. The modules overclock past DDR 1600Mhz speeds, run cool, are priced competitively, and just look great. You can't overlook this set of memory for your new system!
- Runs tighter than stock latencies @1333MHz
- XMP Profiles
- Cool running
- Competitive price