Patriot Sandy Bridge Optimized Memory
|Patriot Sandy Bridge Optimized Memory|
|Patriot G2 and Viper Ex. Specs|
|Test Setup and Overclocking|
|Benchmarking the Patriot Memory|
Today we are looking at a couple sets of memory from Patriot that are designed and "optimized" for the Sandy Bridge platform from Intel. This platform has recently be under scrutiny as there was an issue discovered in regards to the storage controller. Patriot released us from our obligation to review this memory, but we feel that the storage issues won't have a negative effect on this memory. We will be reviewing the G2 DDR3-1600 CL9 kit right alongside the Viper Extreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 CL9 kit. Also thrown into the mix is the OCZ PC3-17000 DDR3-2133 Kit we've looked at recently. It should be an interesting comparison.
Both kits come in attractive boxes that show the memory speed and a few vital specifications. Inside the box is a plastic clamshell package that shows the memory clearly. One thing I noticed is that the package is designed to hold dual and triple-channel kits. This saves a lot of package costs down the road.
It has been a while since we've looked at some Patriot Memory and I was quite happy to see how this would perform on our new 2500K CPU from Intel. Once I discovered that the G2 kit had timings of 9-9-9-24, I honestly wasn't quite as excited. Most DDR3-1600 memory runs a little tighter and we'll have to see how stock performance compares. The Viper Extreme Division 2 memory is a little faster but still has CL9 timings. It clocks in at 1866MHz with 9-11-9-27 timings and really doesn't come across as all that exciting. Still, we'll find out how these kits perform a little later on.
Overall, the fit and finish of these kits are pretty decent. The Viper Extreme kit doesn't cost much more than the G2 kit and it feels much more solid. The reality is that you're mostly paying extra money for a heatspreader - at least is you keep this kits at stock speeds. Again, we'll find out more in a few minutes.
On the next page, we'll briefly cover the specifications of these kits before we jump into testing.