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



The Patriot Viper 1600MHz Low Latency Kit is certainly a striking package. From its ACC heatsinks, to the sky blue colour scheme and contrasting black PCB, the kit exudes class. It is rare to see Copper (albeit alloy) used on memory heatsinks with manufacturers preferring the cheaper alternative in Aluminium. Hopefully this will be the first of many kits we see with such heatsink material.

Looks come second to performance, and the Patriot Viper Kit has performance by the bucket load. With 300MHz over stock speed, we were left impressed by the kit's overclocking ability and the potential headroom this provided. Sadly, we couldn't lower the timings but the X58 chipset seems to prefer bandwidth over latency so this isn't such a big issue.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Patriot Viper kit is its price. For a premium product such as this, and coming in a 3x2GB low latency guise, you would expect to pay over £200. This kit sneaks under the radar at a much more reasonable £178, again beating the Corsair. To top it all off with a lifetime warranty and it becomes very hard to fault the Patriot 6GB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Viper Series Low Latency Kit in any way.

The Good
- Overclocking headroom
- Performance
- Aesthetics
- Packaging
- Price

The Mediocre
- Unable to lower timings

The Poor
- You're joking right?

Thanks to Patriot for providing the Low latency Viper kit for todays review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

20-02-2009, 07:50:27

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

20-02-2009, 08:43:13

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, 09:59:39

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, 10:13:12

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, 14:01:40

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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