Patriot started in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area with the dedication to being the brand of choice for the tech industry with a high commitment to quality and outstanding customer service. Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high-performance memory modules, flash memory, mobile accessories and gaming equipment. Patriot has sales offices located throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Patriot sells through distribution channels throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Viper Gaming is a brand of Patriot Memory LLC, a global leader in performance memory, SSD’s and flash storage solutions. Viper Gaming was established in 2007 with the unveiling of the well-known, top-tier line of computer memory. Since then, the Viper Gaming brand has become synonymous with elite performance and reliability among gamers worldwide. In 2015, Viper Gaming decided to expand its product categories to include gaming keyboards, headsets, and mice. Offering entry, mid-level and high-end solutions with rich feature sets that won’t break the bank, Viper Gaming’s award-winning peripherals provide gamers everywhere the best price-for-performance and reliability that enables every Viper Gamer to dominate in their sport.
Texon Ware has recently launched Patriot Memory products in Pakistan. Patriot Memory Pakistan has sent us their Viper series range of products including SSD, Flash Drive and two DDR4 kits for the review. Today, we will be taking a look at their Elite series 8GB kit of DDR4. Viper Elite series DDR4 is available in three colors of the heat shields options; Red, Blue, and Gray. The kit we are reviewing has a Gray color heat shield. This series starts at 2133MHz and goes up to 3200MHz in the capacity of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. This series carries limited lifetime warranty from Patriot Memory.
- Product: Viper Elite 8GB DDR4
- Manufacturer: Patriot Memory
- Brand: Viper
- Availability: Texon-Ware
- Price: PKR 12,400/-
Packaging and Unboxing
The DDR4 module comes in a standard cardboard box packaging of dark red and maroon colors. The front side has Patriot brand name printed on the top right side. Viper brand name is printed on the left side. There is a silver/white color sticker pasted below the Viper brand name. That sticker has basic info of the kit printed on it. This is a 8GB kit of type DDR4 with speed of 2400MHz or 19200 MB/s i.e PC4-19200. Salient features of the kit are printed on the left side like this kit is designed for the Intel X99 and 100 series platforms. Patriot, does that mean it will not work on AMD? It supports XMP 2.0. It is a dual channel kit. The right side of the box as a see-through section through which we can see the RAM module clearly. The backside of the box has Viper brand name printed on the top left side. Feature highlight of the kit is printed in 9 different languages. This kit is Gamer Certified from the Patriot Memory. It is made in Taiwan and has RoHS compliance. The kit carries limited lifetime warranty. The company’s contact info including their social media sites info is printed on the right side. There is a white color sticker pasted on the bottom right side with the serial no of the kit. The left and right sides of the box have the Viper brand logo printed on the top side whereas the Patriot brand name is printed in the middle.
The Viper Elite 8GB DDR4 is a single module kit i.e 1x8GB one. It has a beautiful gray color and silver colors heat spreader/heat shield. The top side has only gray color on it. Here is what Viper has to say about their Elite series kits, “Patriot’s Viper Elite Memory modules are designed with true performance in mind. Built for the latest Intel platforms, the Viper Elite series provides the best performance and stability for the most demanding computer environments. The Viper Elite series utilizes a custom designed high-performance heat shield for superior heat dissipation to ensure rock solid performance even when using the most taxing applications. Build from the highest quality Build Materials, Patriot’s Viper Elite series memory modules are hand tested for quality assurance and validated for system compatibility. Patriot’s Viper Elite series will be offered in single and dual channel kits, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, at speeds from 2133MHz up to 3200MHz in red, blue, and gray heat shields. Hand tested for quality assurance the Viper Elite series is backed by a lifetime warranty.”
Our module has a capacity of 8GB with base timings of 16-16-16-39 with a base frequency of PC4-19200(2400MHz) at 1.20V. It is Non-ECC, Unbuffered DIMM with a 288-pin layout (DDR4). It has anodized aluminum heat spreader at the top. It is tested on Intel 100/200 platforms and is XMP 2.0 ready. The kit has a black PCB. The heat spreader is pasted on the PCB using an adhesive tape. As this is a single sided kit, so to have asymmetry, the other side has a black foam padding on the heat spreader. The Viper is utilizing the 8x Samsung ICs, each of 1GB on this kit. The height of the module is 43mm making it sitting between High Profile to Low Profile kits. Length of the module is 133mm and depth is 11.37mm. There is approximately 0.3mm gap on both edges where the heat spreader is not covering the PCB. This is to ensure the proper latching of the module on the motherboard’s DIMM slots. The top side of the module has a gray color tone to it which looks pleasant. It has a Viper brand name printed on it in the white color. The heat spreaders on the sides have silver colors whereas there far ends towards the right side have a gray color block with Viper brand logo printed on them in the white color. There is a Viper brand name printed on the bottom left sides of the module. This side has Viper brand logo’s watermarked on the aluminum surface creating a visually stunning look to the module. There is an offset on the right side’s top (Depending upon if you are looking at the non-sticker side). There is a sticker pasted on one of the sides. It has module’s serial/part no printed on the top which is PVE48G240C6GY. There is a P logo on the right side of this sticker. If I am to decode this part no it would go something like this, Patriot Viper Elite DDR4 8GB 2400MHz CL16 Gray. Removing this sticker would void the warranty.
Overall look and feel of the kit is good though the finishing of the aluminum heat spreader would need further refinement. As the two heat spreaders are superimposed on the top side, they can be easily pressed into each other giving a flimsy feeling. Finishing on the terminating ends of the heat spreaders could be further refined. There are 9 angled cutouts on the top of each side of the heat spreader. This is to ensure the effective heat dissipation and flow of fresh air.
We have tested this drive on the X99 platform. The test bench setup is as follow:
- Intel i7 6850k
- Asus Rampage V Edition 10
- Noctua NH-U14S
- Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
- Seagate 2TB Barracuda
- Colorful iGame GTX 1050Ti
- Corsair AX1200i
We have used the AIDA64 Extreme and SiSoftware Sandra suite to test the performance of the kit. We have tested the kit at JDEC’s default specification of 2133MHz, with XMP and then with the overclocking. The CPU Strap and BCLK were set to 100 for the 2133MHz and XMP testing. For overclocking the kit the BCLK of 125 was used and CPU Strap was set to 125 as well. With XMP, the DRAM timings and Voltages were verified as per the manufacturer’s rated specification. We have used BIOS version of 1703 on the Asus motherboard. We were able to push the kit to 2750MHz OC using 1.350 DRAM Voltage which is quite remarkable in terms of power efficiency. This is a 350MHz boost over the rated or base frequency of the kit. Though we did not test further but it seems like these kits have good overclocking headroom. Not only we were able to push the memory frequency above the rated 2400MHz (with XMP 2.0) but we were able to squeeze a bit of the timings as well with 15-17-17-36 CR2. Though this is not a significant drop but given the input of 1.350 DRAM voltage with 2750MHz boosted frequency, this is an impressive performance. The other kit in the testing is the Corsair Vengeance 1x8GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz. Let’s take a look at the results.
We ran the AIDA64 on all above-described frequency presets which are 2133MHz, rated 2400MHz and overclocked 2750MHz. With XMP the read speed was 20586MB/s Write speed was 17028MB/s and copy speed of 19298MB/s. This is a performance right on the money given the comparison with the Corsair RAM. Don’t forget Corsair RAM has a base frequency of 2666MHz. With overclocking the read speed was 20577MB/s which is a 13.17% performance gain over the base frequency. 18457MB/s was the Copy speed with overclocking representing 14.12% performance gain over the base frequency. 18195MB/s was the write speed with overclocking representing the 14.34% performance gain.
The latency value comes to 69.7 ns with XMP 2.0. It was reduced to 62.6 ns with overclocking. This is 10.18% improvement over the base timings.
Next, we ran the SiSoftware Sandra suite to check the memory bandwidth using the Multi-Threading and Single-Threading options. With XMP 2.0 loaded, 12.56GB/s was the aggregate memory performance in single threaded and 13.85GB/s aggregate memory performance in multi-threading. With overclocking, there was 14.31GB/s aggregate memory performance which is 13.93% improvement on a single threaded performance. Aggregate Memory performance was 15.72GB/s with overclocking which is 13.50% performance gain. Next, we ran the SiSoftware Sandra Latency test. 29.3ns was the tested latency at 2400MHz which was reduced to 26.9ns with overclocked memory.
The Viper Elite 8GB DDR4 is a single module kit i.e 1x8GB one. It has a beautiful gray color and silver colors heat spreader/heat shield. The top side has only gray color on it. Our module has a capacity of 8GB with base timings of 16-16-16-39 with a base frequency of PC4-19200(2400MHz) at 1.20V. It is Non-ECC, Unbuffered DIMM with the 288-pin layout (DDR4). It has anodized aluminum heat spreader at the top. It is tested for Intel 100/200 platforms and is XMP 2.0 ready. The kit has a black PCB. The Viper is utilizing the 8x Samsung ICs, each of 1GB on this kit. The height of the module is 43mm making it sitting between High Profile to Low Profile kits. Length of the module is 133mm and depth is 11.37mm. The top side of the module has a gray color tone to it which looks pleasant. It has a Viper brand name printed on it in the white color. Overall look and feel of the kit is good though the finishing of the aluminum heat spreader could need further refinement. As the two heat spreaders are superimposed on the top side, they can be easily pressed into each other giving a flimsy feeling. Finishing on the terminating ends of the heat spreaders could be further refined.
This kit is listed at Rs.12,400/- at the time of the review. With current price fiasco of the DRAM, it is hard to evaluate the value proposition of the given RAM at hand. But this price is just right for this module as competitive offerings like Adata XPG Dazzle Series Red DDR4 kit with the same base frequency and timing is listed at 12,300 and GSkill Ripjaws V is listed at 12500 whereas Corsair LPX 8GB is listed at 12,500/- This is clearly indicating the tough competition in this price bracket. Our kit has performed very well on the test bench. It has good overclocking potential and headroom particularly given the voltage at which it was overclocked.
We are thankful to Patriot Memory for giving us the opportunity to review their Viper Elite 8GB DDR4 kit.