Patriot PDC32G1866LLK PC3-15000 2GB DDR3 Kit

Result Discussion & Conclusion

Conclusion

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.


The Good
- Lifetime warrenty
- Good looking and effective heatspreaders.
- Competitive price when compared to other DDR3 kits of similar speed.

The Medicore
- Nothing to report

The Bad
- Would not run with 100% stability at stock settings


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Most Recent Comments

22-11-2007, 08:43:29

JN
"Looking for some extremely fast DDR3? We check out the Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-15000 kit to see if it fits the bill."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...123527350s.jpg

Patriot PDP32G1866LLK Review

22-11-2007, 09:19:32

Ham
Shame really. They could have been onto a real winner.

They given a response yet?

22-11-2007, 09:57:56

ionicle
thats really quite pathetic that they couldnt even do what it said on the tin (well, plastic thing )

22-11-2007, 10:20:48

FragTek
Hopefully Patriot will get back to you and swap out the sticks for another pair to test. Patriot doesn't seem like they'd BS their claimed speeds by as much as these differed.

22-11-2007, 10:25:38

Pyr0
board limitation, not ram

22-11-2007, 10:28:57

FragTek
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Pyr0'
board limitation, not ram
Are you sure about that? They tried with three different motherboards.

22-11-2007, 10:33:06

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Pyr0'
board limitation, not ram
Afraid not. The OCZ kit runs up to almost DDR3-2000 on the same board. I literally swapped the kits over without changing any settings to eliminate that as a possible issue.

22-11-2007, 12:08:46

Pyr0
sorry, was meant to be a question, but i couldn't edit my post with a "?"

24-11-2007, 02:34:13

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Pyr0'
board limitation, not ram ? ()
Funny u posted that. I was thinking about the Q6600 vS mobo, and what results an AMD cpu and `whatever ddr3 board` would make of it. Memory results alone u understand.

Something is holding something back by the looks of things. Feedback would answer some questions.

24-11-2007, 12:21:46

Pyr0
couple more questions

What is the max (stable) FSB for that Q6600?

What performance level were the tests completed at in the end?

And how much voltage did you try on the NB?

I found I ran out of NB voltage rather quickly on the P5K3 when testing some Ballistix... been thinking about trying a voltmod ever since lol (or buying/trying X38 or X48)

Here's some Ballistix at 2000 just for ref. (unstable)
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