Patriot Viper 6GB DDR3-1600
These Patriot Viper modules today offered some impressive results, matching or beating the impressive OCZ Platinum modules, clock for clock, and leaving us suitably satisfied here. Frankly, we were a bit surprised at the great numbers posted by the Vipers. Patriot has done a very fine job with these modules, creating a product that offers a successful combination of aesthetics, style, and price.
These Patriot Viper modules offer a bit of headroom left over when beyond their 1600MHz rated speeds. The tolerances and returns are smaller the higher you go in the speed department, but these modules have sufficient gas left in the tank to push about 12% higher than their rating, but not quite able to achieve the next major memory speed echelon at 1866MHz, falling a bit short there. They seemed to hit a wall fairly quickly unfortunately, and after many different combinations of multipliers, timings, and voltages, we just could not get them to hit 1800 MHz or beyond in stable fashion.
With X.M.P. enabled here and posting excellent numbers across the speed spectrum, these Viper modules seem to be ideal for consumers that want to "set it and forget it". They are classified as "enthusiast" models, but the lack of extreme overclocking potential narrows the broad appeal to that segment. However, coming in around $150 USD (and an even further $25 cheaper if you count a rebate), you will get solid performance at a great price. You will not get massive overclocks here, but the gains are decent.
Patriot has done a excellent job with these 6GB Viper modules, showcasing sharp aesthetics, quality construction, and great performance at a great price. If you’re looking to jump on the Core i7 bandwagon and want some hassle-free 6GB memory modules that offer robust performance at a reasonable price, these Patriot Viper DDR3-1600 modules are a great option.
Patriot 6GB DDR3-1600 Tri-Channel
Our thanks go to Patriot for providing the modules for this review.