Patriot Viper 6GB DDR3-1600
The Patriot Viper Modules
The packaging of these modules starts in a black and blue box that houses the modules. Inside the box contains a simple clamshell design package (two in fact) with the necessary product information insert. You can easily pop open the blister packaging; you don’t need to worry about destroying the entire packaging just to get at the sticks.
The aesthetics of these Viper modules is striking, with the modules finished in a sky blue that looks great, but they’re not quite as vibrant as the green Patriot monsters we recently reviewed. Slightly more subdued, these Vipers continue the blue and black theme, with a printer sticker that identifies the necessary information such as model number, timings, speed, voltage, and such. The modules we have here are the LLK variety, (Low Latency), sporting 8-8-8-24 timings at 1600MHz speed. Patriot has continued their previous module design from past series, incorporating a look that is still very sharp, though the colour scheme has changed with each successful model lineup. The medium blue colour scheme should complement probably any X58 motherboard, but a Gigabyte or ASUS II Rampage Extreme would fit perfectly.
The Vipers finish the colour scheme with black PCBs under the tall heatspreaders, with the green PCBs having gone the way of the dinosaur with Patriot. Very sleek indeed. The heatsinks are taller, so if you have a heatsink that extends over the DIMM slots (such as the Cooler Master V10), be sure to install the memory first and ensure enough clearance.
Designed with integrated ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) technology, apparently to help dissipate the heat produced by the modules under load. with the Viper modules here, so no worries about clearance issues with your CPU heatsink. The need for massive heatspreaders is historically well documented for those who overclock their RAM very heavily, as a great deal of heat can be produced. However, as we’ve seen with the new DDR3 tri-channel modules running at a frugal 1.5 volts at stock, not much heat will be produced. Even at the maximum 1.65V, there shouldn’t be any heat issues, certainly not like the "old" days when you had 2.4 volts coursing through some DDR2 sticks that were insanely overclocked to 1200MHz and were actually quite hot to the touch.
Let’s get down to business and see what these sticks can do.