Patriot Viper DDR3-1600 6GB Kit - Benchmarking the DDR3-1600 Kit

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

Benchmarking - Everest:

Because there is a lot of system tweaking that goes along with clocking up memory to non-standard speeds, we haven't included any "real-world" benchmarks.  In order to get the memory to run at speeds other than 1066MHz, 1333MHz, 1600MHz or 1866MHz the motherboard bus and CPU must be clocked up in order to achieve these speeds.  As we've shown before the CPU plays a huge roll in benchmark performance and so it's not fair to compare WinRAR compression when the CPU is clocked up 400MHz faster.  Of course the "RAM" will look faster, but in reality the CPU is the one doing the work.

 Installed
Installed

For this reason we use two simply synthetic benchmarks to show memory performance.  How it affects performance in the real-world will depend largely on CPU, motherboard and other hardware bottlenecks so we have to be content with synthetic benchmarks to gain our number metric.  First up is Everest.

Everest
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At stock speeds of 8-8-8-24 1T, both the Crucial and Patriot DDR3-1600 kits are very close.  The biggest difference is in the "Copy" test and the spread is about 2%.  You'd never notice a difference in any real-world application.  At maximum overclocked speeds, the Crucial kit walks away with the gold however as it is clocked a bit faster (36MHz DDR) and that is enough to edge out the Patriot for fastest performance.

 

Benchmarking - SiSoft Sandra:

If you want to compare your triple-channel DDR3 performance, you can head on over and grab SiSoft Sandra here and compare away.  Please keep in mind that if you are using a dual-channel kit, your performance numbers will look dismal.

 SiSoft Latency
SiSoft Latency
SiSoft Bandwidth
SiSoft Bandwidth

 

SiSoft shows a very similar trend as evidenced in Everest.  At stock speed the performance is near identical, and the slightly faster clock speed of the Crucial kit edges out the Patriot memory.  The fastest numbers that Patriot managed to pull off was at 1772MHz at CL8.  This kit pulled off a theoretical 29.62GB/sec transfer - compared to the best the Crucial DDR3-1600 kit did at DDR3-1808 at CL8 - 30.2GB/sec.  The difference is just over 2% and won't be noticeable.  You may notice the extra $80 in your wallet though if you choose the Patriot Viper kit.

 

Final Thoughts:

Patriot may not always be your first choice when it comes to selecting your new memory kit, but perhaps it should be seriously considered.  While we did manage to get faster clock speeds out of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB kit, the performance difference between the two kits was ~ 2% - but it will cost you 76% more for that sliver of performance.  If you want the fastest clock speed possible and a little "Bling" to show off, the Crucial kit is an excellent choice.  However, if you're on a bit of budget and still want great RAM that has a bit of headroom, the Patriot Viper kit is the clear winner.  It's hard not to pick the memory that is considerably cheaper and offers very close performance.  In terms of value, this kit scores among the best and really deserves your consideration when going to the Core i7 platform.  Overall, this is a great kit and if you are building a fast system and want rock solid memory, this kit deserves a spot is your DIMM slots.

 



Pros:

  • DDR3-1600 at CL8 Kit
  • Large heat spreaders add some "l33t'n355"
  • XMP profile
  • Runs at 8-8-8-24 1T up to 1772MHz
  • Great value at just over $100 currently.

 

Cons:

  • None.

BCCRating 

 

This is perhaps the best valued kit we've tested and it offers great performance and does exactly what it promises - and a wee bit more.  I'm happy to award the Patriot Viper DDR3-1600 CL8 kit an Editor's Choice award.

Editors Choice

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