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Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Review

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Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB (2x8GB) Testing:

Memory is often hard to separate from one kit to another in gaming, but when it comes to number crunching and computing, some memory provides an extra boost in comparison. To see just what kind of performance this kit has to offer, I will be running the modules through a series of benches to see just how they compare. There will be 8GB and 16GB kits ranging in speed from 2133MHz - 2400MHz, tested at native speeds as well as overclocked. Overclocking of course will be dependent on exactly how far the testing rig will allow, but I'll push it as far as I can. The testing setup used for these benchmarks is listed below, where Turbo Boost has been disabled to eliminate uncontrolled clock changes that may skew the results. The CPU will be run with default Boost clock speed of 3.9GHz for baseline testing and bumped up to 4.2 GHz for OC testing, or as close as possible to that speed. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and the latest driver for the NVIDIA GTX 770 will be used.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Modules:


CPU-Z: This application visually shows 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, and processor usage.

Task Manager



Overclocking on the Haswell from Intel is a little different than what I'm used to from previous attempts on past generationional CPUS. CPU clock speeds are no longer heavily influenced by faster memory speeds and leaves less to gain from pushing for that last little bit. However, that doesn't mean us enthusiasts won't still push for the best OC we can get and find the fine line of where our CPU's memory controller is limited.

What I found while playing the game of OC on the CPU and OC of the RAM was that, much like ccokeman, I was unable to push too high on the CPU before being completely unable to push these sticks much past 2600MHz. Though with a solid CPU OC I found it to not be bad with the stock timings. Loosening up the timings, unsurprisingly, let me push quite a bit further allowing me to match the 4GB stick OC of 2800MHz. Relaxed to 13-15-14-35 and letting the motherboard do a little work, I was able to push to 2800MHz with a 4.2GHz clock on the CPU. I will agree that some of you will prefer the tighter timings on the memory depending on your application, but I would still have to say that these sticks are coming in with quite the speed to start with. Getting a near 400MHz boost (though with loose timings) is quite a bit extra. I can't promise you will get the same, but mind you, you will have great sticks to start with even if you only get a marginal amount more.



Maximum Memory Speed:

The maximum memory speed for each set of overclocked modules is indicative of how well the modules ran on this test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. In other words, your mileage may vary!


The benchmarks used in this review include the following:


  • CPU-Z Version 1.64
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PCMark 8
  • Geekbench 2.1
  • Hyper  Pi .99
  • SiSoft Sandra 2013
  • X.264 
  • AIDA64
  • Metro: Last Light

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