Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB DDR3-2000
The packaging of these modules is a rather simple clamshell design contained within a nice outer box, along with the necessary product information by means of a paper insert on the inside. You can easily pop open the packaging; you don’t need to worry about destroying the entire packaging just to get at the sticks.
The design and presentation of these Viper II Sector 5 modules is gorgeous, with the low-profile heatspreaders finished in a black colour that sports a finely "double-toothed" look. Patriot has continued their previous Viper design from past series, although they’ve modified it now in the Viper II by incorporating a more modern and beefy aesthetic. It’s quite sleek really. The black and red accent colour scheme should complement just about any internal case setup nicely.
There are no tall heatspreaders with the Viper II Sector 5 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 Core i5/i7 modules running stock at a frugal 1.5 volts, 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 hot to the touch.
Let’s get down to business and see what these sticks can do.