Patriot PVS32G1866LLK Viper Series PC3-15000 2GB
Packaging & Appearance
Back in our review of the PDC32G1866LLK kit I had a little moan about how unintuitive and boring the packaging was for such an expensive product. However, it looks like Patriot may have been listening, and as a result the Viper Series come in a very attractive white cardboard box complete with a window. This is a welcome change to the boring and over-used plastic blister pack packaging used on almost all other memory and certainly adds a level of 'class' to the modules.
Around the back of the box, Patriot have printed a few paragraphs on the engineering methods and ethics that have gone into making the modules. Also included are details of the lifetime warranty and available methods of contacting Patriot to receive support.
To ensure that the modules arrive in tip-top condition; Patriot have placed the modules inside their own individual plastic blister packs. This combined with the cardboard outer packaging should provide more than enough protection against rough couriers.
With many manufacturers moving to "fin" design heatspreaders in order to take maximum advantage of the airflow inside the average PC case, it's certainly no surprise to see Patriot following suit. The Viper Series has an entirely re-worked heatpreader design that features a total of 25 fins at the top of each module, which will undoubtedly yield improvements over Patriots older "ribbed" design.
It has to be said that the Viper heatspreaders don't feel quite as substantial as "finned" modules from other manufacturers such as OCZ (FlexXLC) and Corsair (Dominators). However, in their defence they keep the weight of the modules to a minimum resulting in less stress to the motherboard memory slots. It is also worth noting that the heatspreaders are manufactured from a combination of aluminium and copper for improved thermal performance.
From the various birds-eye views of the kit above, we can see that the IC's are placed on only one side of the modules. This is pretty standard for a 2GB DDR3 kit, and should mean that with only one bank of IC's and a fairly low operation voltage of 1.9v, the PVS32G1866LLK kit will run pretty cool.
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