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Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB Review


Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB 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. SInce I only have a pair of DDR4 modules these will represent the comparison field. Each kit will be tested at its native 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 with the XMP profile applied to show where the modules settle in at after training. The CPU will be run with default XMP settings with the CPU running at 4.5Ghz  for the basleine testing. The memory will then be overclocked while keeping the clock speed as close to 4.5GHz as possible for OC testing. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and the latest driver for the NVIDIA GTX Titan X will be used.


Testing Setup: Intel Socket 1151


Comparison Modules:

  • G.Skill Ripjaws 4 2800MHz 16-16-16-36 8GB
  • G.Skill Trident Z 3400Mhz 16-18-18-38 16GB
  • HyperX Savage 2666Mhz 15-15-15-35 32GB


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.




Rated at 3400MHz right out of the box, Patriot's Extreme performance line up includes these Viper 4 modules. Using my Intel Skylake Core i7 6700K paired with ASUS Maximus VIII Impact, you can work past some of the limitations seen when using high speed memory on a Haswell-based system. Running with two 4GB modules is a little easier on the memory controller than running with two 8 or 16GB modules. This set of Viper 4 modules easily hit the 3600MHz clock speed mark just by bumping the memory multiplier a bit higher. To do so, the default applied voltage of 1.35v was used while leaving the XMP applied settings in place. Going any higher required an increase in the applied voltage as well as loosening up the primary timings to 17-19-19-40 from the XMP profile of 16-18-18-36. A voltage of 1.45v would get the modules to just over 3700MHz, but it took a bump to 1.5v to get fully stable. In doing so you will want to make sure you have some airflow over the modules to keep them cool while running at that voltage.



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:


  • PCMark 8
  • Geekbench 3
  • Hyper Pi 0.99
  • SiSoft Sandra 2016
  • X.265
  • AIDA64
  • Metro: Last Light

  1. Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB: Specifications & Features
  3. Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB: Testing
  5. Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB Testing: Metro Last Light
  6. Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB: Conclusion
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