Patriot DDR2 Overclocking Roundup - Patriot DDR2-1066 and Test Information

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Patriot PC2-8500 Eased Latency:

The last kit we'll take a look at in this overclocking roundup is the PC2-8500 "Eased Latency" kit.  This kit comes clocked in at DDR2-1066 with timings of 5-5-5-9.  Patriot states that this kit has a voltage requirement of 2.3v, but we were able to run at 2.1 without any issues.  When it comes to overclocking however, we bumped it up to the recommended 2.3v in order to let it run at its full potential.  This kit will cost you the most money out of all the kits we have on the bench, but it runs at the fastest clock speeds.  If sheer MHz is your thing, you'll want to see what this kit can do.

 8500ELK - DDR2-1066 - 5-5-5-9
8500ELK - DDR2-1066 - 5-5-5-9


PC2-8500 DDR828 @ CL3
PC2-8500 DDR1180 @ CL5


Specs & Info:

  • Extreme Bandwidth PC2-8500 (1066MHz)
  • Eased Latency (5-5-5-9)
  • Bladed aluminum heat shields to improve module stability
  • 100% Tested and Verified
  • Compatible with new AMD AM2 and Intel Conroe Processors
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • RoHS Compliant
  • EPP Ready

The Patriot Extreme Performance (EP) Eased Latency line is engineered to expand your gaming options. These modules are designed to operate at PC2-8500 with timings of 5-5-5-9 and are available in 1GB Kit and 2GB Kit capacities. They are equipped with heat shields to improve module stability performance while operating under extreme overclocking conditions. Engineered with the best quality components, the Patriot Extreme Performance line is the ultimate solution for extreme overclocking and games.


Test System:

This review marks the first time we've used a new motherboard based on the nForce 680i SLI chipset.  We've recently received the eVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 board, and have learned a fair bit about overclocking on this new chipset.  We have a lot to learn yet, but so far it's been a pleasure.  Combined with an Intel E4300, this board puts up some pretty impressive overclocking numbers - and I know we have barely scratched the surface.

  • eVGA 680i SLI Motherboard - MemoryExpress
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E4200 @ 2.4GHz - 2.8Ghz
  • eVGA 8800GTX 768MB Video Card - MemoryExpress
  • 2GB Patriot PC2-6400ELK
  • 2GB Patriot PC2-6400LLK
  • 2GB Patriot PC2-8500ELK
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit


Testing Info:

As you'll see in the benchmark results in a minute, memory bandwidth is a factor of the CPU speed more than the actual memory speed.  This is also the case with Athlon 64 processors as the memory controller is on the CPU and faster CPU speeds = greater memory bandwidth.  This poses a real problem for reviewers as it's virtually impossible to keep the CPU at a certain speed, while scaling the memory.  The nForce 680i motherboard helps some as you can run the memory and FSB unlinked, but there are still limitations due to FSB:Memory dividers.  In the following results, please keep in mind that we tried to keep everything fair, but due to certain divider limitations, we had to run the CPU slower in some tests than in others.  This will greatly affect the scores from both SiSoft Sandra XI, and Everest Ultimate 4.0, but the important thing to keep in mind is how fast each kit was able to run at each CAS latency.

We ran each kit at stock timings and at stock speed with our CPU clocked to 2.4GHz (9x266).  We then proceeded to set the timings at CL3, CL4 and CL5 to determine the maximum speed for each kit at different latencies.  The Intel platform does not benefit as much from tighter timings than the Athlon platform, but the results show what each kit is capable of.  Your experience will vary as not all modules are created equal.

The scores we have posted on the next page are rock stable.  Each of the posted memory speeds ran though MemTest at least twice in order to be proven stable.  Each set completed every memory test we ran with no issues whatsoever.