On the left side you can see the stock frequency and timings that the Viper Performance memory kit runs at. By default it runs at 2133 MHz with 11-11-11-30 2T timings.
On the right side you’ll see what the maximum stable overclock I was able to achieve out of the sticks. It wasn’t a large bump, but every bit adds up! I was able to squeeze right at 2400MHz out of them, with 11-13-13-34 2T timings. I also had to bump the voltage from 1.5v up to 1.55 to get them to pass stability tests. Even adding more voltage, I wasn’t able to increase the overclock.
We used different software applications to test the bandwidth and latency of our memory kit. The software that we used in this review is AIDA64, and MaxxMem2. We ran all of these tests multiple times to ensure we are getting consistent readings before we documented our results.
Our first test that we ran was AIDA64 Cache and Memory Benchmark. On the left side, you can see that at the stock speed of 2133MHz we saw a read speed of 31,731 MB/s, write speed of 33,394 MB/s, and finally our copy speed was 31,526 MB/s. On the right side we saw some improvements as once the sticks were overclocked. Our read speed jumped up to 33,151 MB/s, the write speed went to 37,014 MB/s and the copy went up to 32,883 MB/s. Our latency also dropped from 60.5 ns to 58.4 ns.
The second test that we ran on our memory kit was MaxxMEM. Again, the left side shows our stock speed test and the right side shows our overclocked test results. As you can see, the copy speed was faster at stock speeds, coming in at 26,853 MB/s vs 26,550 MB/s. The read speed however came in a bit slower at stock. We saw a read speed of 19,949 MB/s at stock, and when the kit was overclocked we saw 21,000 MB/s. The write test was pretty much even. We didn’t even see a 100MB/s difference between stock and overclocked. The overal Memory Score at stock was 20.84 GB/s and when overclocked it was up to 21.40 GB/s. The final bit of information we see is the latency in nanoseconds (ns). The stock sticks had a latency of 63.9 ns and when they were clocked up to 2400 MHz the latency dropped to 59.2 ns.
SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The memory market is flooded with options. Virtually all of these options will get you by, unless you’re looking for something made with a little more quality. The Patriot Viper Performance 32GB 2133MHz memory kit is definitely one of those memory kits that’s made to a higher standard. Patriot has a reputation for standing behind their products and this memory kit is no different. It packs a full lifetime warranty, should anything occur.
With the large heatspreader, and aggressive appearance the Viper memory series definitely appears to be geared towards the gamers and enthusiast market. With a price tag of $339.99 this memory kit is definitely not aimed at the budget user. However, it’s very competitively priced within it’s market segment.
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