Patriot Viper DDR3-1600 6GB Kit - Test Setup and Core i7 Benchmarking Info

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Patriot Viper DDR3-1600 6GB Kit
Test Setup and Core i7 Benchmarking Info
Benchmarking the DDR3-1600 Kit

Test Setup:

In this section we will show the setup of the test system for our memory testing. I have provided separate configurations for each of the speeds we have tested 1600MHz CL8 (stock) and the fastest CL8 speed.  This memory was not able to run stable at DDR3-1600 CL7 and we didn't want to clock it slower than it's stock MHz for testing.  It is important to note that in order to achieve some of these speeds we have tested this memory kit at; it required overclocking the FSB, which in turn increases our CPU clock speeds. For all of my testing I used the EVGA X58 motherboard and keyed in specific timings in order to keep everything comparable.  To make things interesting we included the numbers of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600 CL8 kit for reference.

Close Up Sticker
PVT36G1600LLK Module

 

Test System:


Intel Core i7
CPU
Motherboard
Memory
  6GB Patriot Viper DDR3-1600 Kit
Graphics
1x Radeon HD 4870
Cooling
Hard Drives
2x Seagate 200GB HDD RAID 0
Operating System
Windows Vista Ultimate x64 w/SP1
ATI Drivers
9.1 Drivers

 

We only used two main memory settings for testing the Patriot DDR3-1600 memory.  We use the timings on the label - 8-8-8-24 1T at 1.65v as well as the fastest clock speed available at CL8.  Our fastest CL8 speed ended up being DDR3-1772 at 1T.  As previously mentioned we tried to use CL7 timings at 7-7-7-21 2T, but couldn't get the system stable at DDR3-1600 and didn't want to run this memory slower than the advertised clock rate.  I'm sure we could take it higher with a bit more voltage but as this memory is geared for the "average" user, we don't feel that we need to phase-change cool our memory for maximum performance - at least not on a $100 kit.  Either way, we managed to squeeze out an extra 172MHz at stock timings - an 11% overclock.  This kit has proven rock stable at stock speeds, but it didn't have as much overclocking headroom as the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Kit - but it costs about $80 less.

Patriot - SPD
Patriot - SPD
 Patriot - CPU-Z
Patriot - CPU-Z

 

As you can see, the memory comes with several SPD values that should make it work in pretty much any system.  At DDR3-917 it clocks in at CL6, DDR3-1066 is set at CL7 and the XMP Profile of DDR3-1600 is locked in at CL8.  As we've shown above the memory has a bit more to offer though.

 King of the Pile?
King of the Pile?

 

On the next page we'll jump into some benchmarking and see how this memory holds up.