Patriot Extreme Performance (PDC22G8500ELK) DDR2 2GB Kit

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging

Patriot have made a slight alteration to the popular 'blister-pack' style packaging used by many manufacturers, opting for a slightly more protective dome style packet. This method of packaging may look slightly minimalist, but it certainly served its purpose, keeping our test samples unscathed on their lengthy journey from the USA.

Patriot PC2-8500 Packaging Patriot PC2-8500 Packaging

To improve the aesthetical appeal of the packaging, Patriot have used a rather simplistic red backing card complete with a white radial pattern in the centre. Open up the card and you will find a basic guide on how to install the memory modules and further information on their preferred latency settings.


Appearance

Utilising 'bladed' brown aluminium heatspreaders, it has to be said that the Patriot modules certainly aren't the best looking ones I've ever come across. However, once the modules are installed inside a darkened PC case they look closer to black (and thankfully slightly more 'extreme').

Patriot PC2-8500 Module Front Patriot PC2-8500 Module Back

Patriot PC2-8500 Module Back Patriot PC2-8500 Module IC's

Getting the 'naked' shots of the memory modules with the heatspreaders removed certainly wasn't an easy task. The thermal pads Patriot have used are extremely sticky and appear to be made from some kind of fabric. If you're planning on replacing the heatspreaders on these modules you will need to take extreme care, as it is fairly easy to uproot the IC's from the PCB.
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Most Recent Comments

16-03-2007, 13:58:38

JN
"Patriot memory may not be the easiest to get a hold of here in the UK, but that certainly doesn't mean that its not worth the effort. Today I've been given the opportunity to take a look at their top-end PC2-8500 modules. Are they worth hunting down? We find out."

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And look out for a new OC3D feature at the end of the review

16-03-2007, 14:54:24

Mullet
nice review Jams.

Patriot make some sweet DDR & DDR2...had a set of their DIMMS in my AMD FX based rig...very nice!

16-03-2007, 14:59:36

JN
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Originally Posted by name='Mullet'
nice review Jams.

Patriot make some sweet DDR & DDR2...had a set of their DIMMS in my AMD FX based rig...very nice!
Cheers & lol, never been called that before

16-03-2007, 18:12:28

Mullet
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Cheers & lol, never been called that before
Had a mate in Uni called James.....always ref'd to as Jams....

16-03-2007, 18:14:23

Luffy
Thanks for another great review XMS.

16-03-2007, 18:44:47

PV5150
Awesome review as usual Jim, well done. I loved the new 'recommended retailers' icon - nice touch. I fixed your link from the review to forum for ya

16-03-2007, 19:42:54

Toxcity
Superb as usual! Keep it up dudes!

Nice memory from the looks of things too!

16-03-2007, 20:14:49

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Awesome review as usual Jim, well done. I loved the new 'recommended retailers' icon - nice touch. I fixed your link from the review to forum for ya
Cheers mate, and yes the Recommended Retailers button gets live feeds from trusted retailers we consider to be worthy of your cash We'll be adding some more soon so hopefully the pricing in reviews will apply to worldwide readers

16-03-2007, 20:59:28

NickS
Nice review

With TRAS @ 18, 600MHz should be attainable.
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