Patriot PDC32G1866LLK PC3-15000 2GB DDR3 Kit
With our previous good experience of Patriot memory kits and the mouthwatering promise of PC3-15000 straight out of the box, we had high hopes for the PDC32G1866LLK modules. Unfortunately, no matter what combination of timings, voltages and other BIOS settings we used on the kit, we just couldn't get it 100% stable at it's stock settings. Even swapping between P35 and X38 motherboards along with Quad-Core and Dual-Core CPU's yielded no additional stability.
Whether or not the problems we experienced with the modules was down to an incompatibility with the Asus P5K3, Blitz and Maximus boards we tested them with, or if there was a problem with the kit itself is something that certainly needs to be investigated. But needless to say, the modules in their current state did not respond well to any type of overclocking and actually appeared to lose stability if anything over 1.85v was applied to them.
In terms of performance, the Patriot PDC32G1866LLK managed to keep up with the OCZ Platinum kit (overclocked to PC3-15000) in most of the real-word gaming benchmarks that mattered. However, as some of the memory sub-timings needed to be loosened in order to gain stability, some of the synthetic benchmarks such as Sisoft Sandra and Everest showed a drop in performance when compared to the OCZ kit.
Any responses from Patriot regarding this review along with any further findings or resolutions to the problems we've experienced will be posted at the bottom of this page.
The PDC32G1866LLK kit can be purchased at Gladiator Computers and Aria for around £350-360 (at time of writing), which is a fairly reasonable price for a DDR3 kit of this speed.
- Lifetime warrenty
- Good looking and effective heatspreaders.
- Competitive price when compared to other DDR3 kits of similar speed.
- Nothing to report
- Would not run with 100% stability at stock settings
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