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Patriot Viper Fin DDR3 PC14400 2 x 1 GB Review

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The way to verify that one set of memory modules is better than another is to run a series of benchmarks to put down some basic comparison data. When all things are equal and the only variable is the module being tested, the results are a great way to compare performance, good or bad. In order to eliminate the variables, the only settings that will be manipulated will be the memory timings and voltages when overclocking. The comparison modules will be run at the manufacturer specified timings and voltages at a speed of 1333MHz. In order to reach 1333MHz and 1600MHz, the processor used in the test setup will have a slight overclock from 266MHz to 333MHz and 400MHz. All of the comparison modules were run at 1333 MHz, with the Patriot ran at both 1333MHz and 1600MHz to test the modules at each level.

Testing Setup:



CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings and SPD chip information.



Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file usage and processor usage (%).



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Q6600 471 x 7 1.500 volts
  • Memory: Patriot Viper Fin PC3 14400 8-8-8-22 942fsb 2.04v

When it came time to overclock the Viper Fin modules, I had to wonder how much was left on such a high speed rated module. The answer was not what I was looking for but was kind of expecting. I topped out the modules at 1884MHz (942MHz), or 84MHz (42MHz) over the baseline rated speeds. Not a bad increase by any means, but I had thoughts of 1000MHz running through my skull. Loosening the timings to 9-9-9-24 or increasing voltage beyond 2.1volts did not help at this point. The modules were air cooled and felt similar to the ambient air temperatures, so heat was not a factor during the testing. One unexpected side effect was the ability to tighten the timings up at the max overclock. Sweet! It just took a little more voltage to get there.


The benchmarks used in this review include the following:


  • CPU-Z Version 1.42
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PcMark Vantage
  • SiSoft Sandra XII
  • Far Cry

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing Setup, CPU-Z, Task Manager,Overclocking
  4. Testing: PcMark Vantage, Sandra XII
  5. Testing: Far Cry
  6. Conclusion
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