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Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-8500 RAM Review

Former staff writer , Tallman    -   March 8, 2007


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Overclocking-Part 4





Far Cry at 1093MHz









Just to reiterate myself, I am running more voltage to my OCZ memory than it's specs allow. It's only guaranteed to 2.25 volts and I ran 2.35 volts into it for this test. It may pass the tests at 2.4 volts and a higher frequency, but I chickened out and didn’t want to kill my ram. Be warned, running more voltage than recommended by the manufacturer may damage your equipment. Do so at your own risk! I will not be held responsible if you do. And remember, good cooling is a must. Both sets of ram passed all but one test at 1102 MHz! I was able to boot into windows with the Patriot ram at 2.4 volts and a frequency of 1150 MHz but it was not stable enough and crashed soon after. The highest I could get into windows stable enough for screenshots with the Patriot ram at 2.4 volts was 1126 MHz and for the OCZ ram was 1115 MHz at 2.35 volts.



As far as going the other way, to test for tightening the timings up, I was able to get both sets of ram to go to 4-4-4-8 at 1068 MHz.



I was surprised by these results. I figured since one set of ram was rated at a higher frequency, it would run away with the show. But at the same timings and frequency, they seem pretty evenly matched with one having a slight lead over the other in certain areas, then the advantage gets reversed in other areas.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing, Benchmarks & Apps
  4. Overclocking
  5. Overclocking - Part 2
  6. Overclocking - Part 3
  7. Overclocking - Part 4
  8. Conclusion
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