Patriot PVS32G1866LLK Viper Series PC3-15000 2GB
Introduction & Specs
Just over 3 weeks ago we were given the opportunity to taste the delights of Patriot's latest DDR3 kit
. Rated at PC3-15000 speeds, the kit sounded like a performance junkie's dream come true. However, during the review we run into some issues with the kit that prevented us from even running at stock settings with any level of stability. Despite OC3D and Patriot's best efforts to find a resolution to this problem, it was eventually deemed that the kit may have been faulty.
Of course, even the tightest of quality control cannot prevent the occasional product slipping thought the net. So when Patriot asked if we'd be willing to give them another chance to prove that their top-of-the-range kit could still deliver the goods, we was more than willing to oblige.
So why start an entirely new review for the PC3-15000 kit? Well since the release of the original PDC32G1866LLK Patriot have made several cosmetic changes to the modules - including furnishing them with some very sexy finned heatspreaders and making a slight change to their part number (now PVS32G1866LLK). Of course, you'll have to excuse me if any parts of this review mirror that of the PDC32G1866LLK
, but you can rest assured that the modules will be thoroughly re-tested and the newer results posted over the next few pages.
Founded in 1985, a member of JEDEC, PDP Systems has been a value-added global technology solutions provider. PDP manufacturers and distributes DDR2, DDR, SDRAM and Flash memories. PDP's services include worldwide OEM contract manufacturing and private label.
PDP's state-of-the-art Fremont, California, facility is composed of multiple production lines, and a highly skilled production staff. This gives PDP the ability and resources necessary to provide a full line of memory module solutions.
Considered by many as one of the top memory manufacturers in the market, Patriot certainly have a lot of fierce competition on their hands. By taking a quick browse of the specifications available on their website, we should be able to find out what attributes (if any) separate Patriot from the rest of the crowd.
Patriot Extreme Performance (EP) Low Latency line is engineered to expand your gaming options. These modules are designed to operate at 1866MHz at 8-8-8-24 timings and is available in 2GB kit capacity. Equipped with Patriot ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) technology, these modules are designed for maximum performance and stability under extreme overclocking conditions. Engineered with quality and Performance in mind, Patriot Extreme Performance line is the ultimate solution for extreme overclockers, gamers, and PC enthusiasts.
• Extreme Performance PC3-15000 (1866MHz)
• Low Latency (8-8-8-24)
• Equipped Patriot Viper Heat Shields with integrated ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) technology
• 100% Tested and Verified
• Lifetime Warranty
• RoHS Compliant
• XMP Ready
• Tested and compatible with Intel P35 and X38 chipsets
As you'd expect from a top memory manufacturer, Patriot have furnished the PVS32G1866LLK kit with a lifetime warranty. Unfortunately Patriot have not specified if this warranty covers the modules past their stock voltage of 1.9v, and as a result this may deter overclockers who want to put extra voltage through the modules to achieve a higher overclock.
In our previous review of the PDC32G1866LLK kit, we were unable to remove the heatspreaders in order to find out what memory IC's had been used on the kit. However, this time around (aided by a little heat) we were able to prize the heatspreaders off to reveal some overclocker friendly Micron D9GTR IC's. Previous reviews at Overclock3D have seen modules using these IC's hit close to DDR3-2000, so with any luck we should see some similar results from the Patriot kit.
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