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Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB DDR3-2000

Posted October 16, 2009 by Jake in RAM







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LGA1156 & Specifications

Since the advent of the Intel LGA1366 socket, the memory controller for Intel chips has been directly connected to the processor, allowing a huge bandwidth leap in triple-channel setups. The new LGA1156 socket chips, both Core i7 and i5, run in dual-channel DDR3 mode though, not tri-channel. While we know this won’t result in such eye-watering performance numbers, we do realize as a result that the 1156 platform has brought "affordability" to Intel’s mainstream performance platform, at least at the lower end of the product spectrum, and certainly in comparison to the 1366 platform.

So while the 1366 motherboards take tri-channel memory modules in a 3 or 6-slot configuration, the new 1156 socket makes the move (back?) to 2 and 4-slot dual channel configurations. Most people are probably very familiar with this setup, though the primary difference now is that DDR3 is the new de facto standard, not DDR2.

There is a caution, however, with the 1156-capable DDR3 modules: you absolutely MUST have DDR3 sticks that can run at 1.65V or less. Do not be confused with other DDR3 products that run at 1.9V or higher, for example. Be sure to read the specs very carefully before you order to ensure you get the right ones! This is because Intel has set a maximum voltage limit of 1.65 volts on the memory modules, due to the Integrated Memory Controller which is located on-die in the CPU itself. While there are exceptions in exceeding the 1.65 voltage limit, if you go higher then you run the risk of damaging your lovely i7 or i5 CPU. Pushing beyond that limit can be done somewhat safely under special circumstances, but we do not recommend that for novices, so be forewarned.

Patriot’s PVV34G2000LLK features the following (from Patriot):

The Patriot Viper II Series, part of the Extreme Performance (EP) line is the ultimate performance memory solution for extreme enthusiasts and PC gamers. Engineered for the highest speeds, lowest latency memory kits, the Viper II Series are built using only the highest quality pre-sorted IC’s on the market ensuring both maximum quality and performance. Designed with an extruded aircraft-grade aluminum heat spreader, Viper II Series quickly dissipates heat from the modules that increases both stability and reliability during extreme overclocking conditions. Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and is backed by a full lifetime warranty and excellent customer service.

Here are the specifications of the Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB DDR3-2000 Low Voltage Dual Channel:

  • Model: PVV34G2000LLK
  • Module Size: 4GB kit (2GB x 2)
  • Package: 240-pin DIMM
  • DDR3-2000 (PC3-16000)
  • 8-8-8-24 Timings
  • 1.65V
  • 256MB x 64
  • Equipped with advance aluminum heat-dispersing shields
  • Lifetime Warranty

It is worth noting that Patriot’s memory modules are covered under a lifetime warranty.

Let’s take a closer look at these Viper II Sector 5 modules.

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