Patriot Viper Xtreme PC3 16000 CAS 9 2X2GB Memory ReviewRJR - December 16, 2010
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Do you (like myself) miss the snappy feel of the DDR2 tight timing RAM of the previous generation of computers? I know when I switched to the P55/i7 platform that I now have, it just didn't feel as snappy as the computer I was replacing. I found a couple of ways to bring back the snappy feel I was so used to. First was the addition of an SSD and the second was higher frequency DDR3 RAM. You would think that going from DDR2-1066 RAM to DDR3-1600 RAM would only serve to increase the performance and feel of your computing experience, but I found it lacking that good 'ol "snappy feel". Raising the RAM frequency at or above the 2000 Mhz boundary seemed to bring back the quickness and my enjoyment of my computer once again.
Today we are taking a look at a set of DDR3-2000 RAM from Patriot Memory, namely the Viper Xtreme 4 GB set. This particular set of memory runs at a guaranteed frequency of 2000 Mhz at timings of 9-10-9-27 at 1.65v. This memory sports an extruded aluminum medium rise heat spreader with the addition of a copper strip (6 grams per module) to facilitate thermal transfer between the memory modules and the aluminum heat spreader. Patriot has stated that this design will result in a 5% better thermal profile than standard aluminum-only heat spreaders.
The memory arrived in an outer box with an inner retail clam shell container securely holding the RAM. The outer box just gives you the name, picture and states a few facts about the particular RAM, like "Designed for Intel P55 Platforms", "Unrivaled Performance", "Free Technical Support" and Patriot's contact information with an address, phone number and email address. The inner clam shell gets a little more specific and gives the exact kit details.
Here you can see the retail clam shell packaging that holds the RAM modules securely in place.
Here we see the actual RAM modules themselves. You can clearly see the copper strips through the cut-outs in the extruded aluminum heat spreaders. The heat spreaders protrude just shy of 1/2" (approx. 12mm) above the memory's PCB.
Let's take a look at how this memory performs.