Patriot Extreme Performance (PDC22G8500ELK) DDR2 2GB Kit

Introduction & Specification


With its headquarters based in sunny California, Patriot has been producing high performance memory modules under its parent company PDP Systems for over 20 years. Sale of their modules is on a global scale with distributors throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. It would be fair to say that Patriot is better known by our overclocking buddies over in the USA, but have no doubt that Patriot is slowly and surely making its presence known in the UK enthusiast market as well.

Today I've been given the opportunity to take a look at Patriot's top-of-the-line PC2-8500 modules DDR2 kit, with eased latencies of 5-5-5-9. However, before we do this, let's see what Patriot have to say about themselves:

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.


The following information has been taken directly from Patriot's website:

The Patriot Extreme Performance (EP) Eased Latency line is engineered to expand your gaming options. These modules are designed to operate at PC2-8500 with timings of 5-5-5-9 and are available in 1GB Kit and 2GB Kit capacities. They are equipped with heat shields to improve module stability performance while operating under extreme overclocking conditions. Engineered with the best quality components, the Patriot Extreme Performance line is the ultimate solution for extreme overclocking and games.

• Extreme Bandwidth PC2-8500 (1066MHz)
Eased Latency (5-5-5-9)
Bladed aluminum heat shields to improve module stability
100% Tested and Verified
Compatible with new AMD AM2 and Intel Conroe Processors
Lifetime Warranty
RoHS Compliant
• Voltage Setting: 2.6v

Patriot PC2-8500 Specs Patriot PC2-8500 IC's

One of the things that struck me the most about the specifications of this kit was Patriot's recommendation to run them up to 2.6v. At this point I'm not sure if this is a typo, as 2.6v seems on the high side for any type of DDR2 memory (especially when it isn't actively cooled), but only Patriot can set the record straight. If indeed they are rated/guaranteed up to 2.6v, we could see some very good overclocking results compared with similar kits from other manufacturers that are generally only rated up to ~2.4v

As you may be able to see from the images above, the PDC22G8500ELK kit is based on D9GKX IC's from Micron. This will be to the delight of many overclockers as most D9 based kits have very good overclocking abilities, respond well to reasonable voltage increases and are also capable of fairly tight timings.
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Most Recent Comments

16-03-2007, 14:54:24

nice review Jams.

Patriot make some sweet DDR & DDR2...had a set of their DIMMS in my AMD FX based rig...very nice!Quote

16-03-2007, 14:59:36

Originally Posted by name='Mullet'
nice review Jams.

Patriot make some sweet DDR & DDR2...had a set of their DIMMS in my AMD FX based rig...very nice!
Cheers & lol, never been called that before Quote

16-03-2007, 18:12:28

Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Cheers & lol, never been called that before
Had a mate in Uni called James.....always ref'd to as Jams....Quote

16-03-2007, 18:14:23

Thanks for another great review XMS.Quote

16-03-2007, 18:44:47

Awesome review as usual Jim, well done. I loved the new 'recommended retailers' icon - nice touch. I fixed your link from the review to forum for ya Quote

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