Patriot 6GB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Viper Series Low Latency Kit



Established in 1985, Patriot have long been at the forefront of memory production and with the Viper series of memory, Patriot get to show off their manufacturing prowess with their performance line of memory modules. We recently reviewed a kit specifically designed for use with Nvidia chipsets but today we will be reviewing Patriot's latest kit which is targeted at users of Intel's latest Core i7 processor.

Patriot currently have 8 kits available for Core i7 with each kit split into Bandwidth (1333 or 1600), size (3x1GB or 3x2GB) and then Latency (CAS 7 for 1333MHz\, CAS8 or CAS9 for 1600MHz). In today's review we will be investigating the range topping 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24 6GB kit which weighs in at a very reasonable £178. Normally, kits with this level of performance usually cost the thick end of £200 but Patriot, while hardly a budget brand, are very aggressive with their pricing and bring premium products to the market place without the high cost.

Here's what Patriot have to say about their latest kit:

Patriot Extreme Performance (EP) Low Latency line is engineered to expand your gaming options. These modules are designed to operate at 1600MHz at 8-8-8-24 timings and is available in 3GB and 6GB kit capacities. Equipped with Patriot ACC (Aluminium 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.


The Specification for the Patriot Viper series ram was taken directly from the Patriot Website

* Extreme Performance PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
* Low Latency (8-8-8-24)
* Equipped Patriot Viper Heat Shields with integrated ACC (Aluminium Copper Composite) technology
* 100% Tested and Verified
* Lifetime Warranty
* RoHS Compliant
* XMP Ready for Core?i7 Processors
* Tested and compatible with Intel? X58 Express Chipsets

As with our previous review on the Kingston kit, Patriot also offer a lifetime warranty. Let's move on to the packaging & presentation section of the review...

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Most Recent Comments

20-02-2009, 12:50:27

I love those heatsinks. Great RAM, smokes the Corsair in almost all the benchmarks Quote

20-02-2009, 13:43:13

The gaming benches do show some seperation, the individual testings reflect to the contrary in the main.

Lose the big spike heat sinks, they aren't necessary afaik, the days of smoking ddr1 are long gone - and the big thing is they offend a fan for ur tower cpu cooler that rear-faces.

Price isn't as scary as I thought tbh.Quote

20-02-2009, 14:59:39

I liked the heatsinks tbh. While I wouldn't necessarily say they are a definite requirement, they did get warm to the touch so were obviously doing something. Having large heatsinks also does away with the requirement for a memory fan.Quote

20-02-2009, 15:13:12

U take a large amount of copper and put a current through it, it will raise it`s temp. Keeping the temp within the copper, i.e. putting a blue design over it, isn't going to disapate it anytime soon. Not even with a fan. U'r pretty much insulating it in.

U could get away with no sink, and allow a rear facing cpu fan.

Or reduce the fins, lose the blue insulation, and have a nice old style spreader if u wanted - and allow a rear facing cpu fan.

Either way, unless u insulate the heat within the devices, they aren't meant to get that hot these days I don't think.Quote

20-02-2009, 19:01:40

This looks like a pretty good kit, at an amazing price really. Nice thoroughly done review as always guys. Might consider these if I go i7 in the next 6 months...Quote

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