Patriot Viper Series PC2-8500 (1066MHz) Memory Review


Performance Ram is to the enthusiast, as bacon wrapped rack of lamb is to Homer Simpson. No this is not an S.A.T question it just a simple fact. Ram is a beautiful thing for anyone that is gaming or render junky. Performance ram has a similar effect on geeks as scantily clad ladies. Before your mom bursts through your door to give you an ear full about the strange noises you are making (as you unwrap your new 4GB set you purchased off the internet), let’s check out the Viper Series PC2-8500 (1066MHz) Memory we have in store for today’s review and see if these are a right fit for you:

Provided by: Patriot

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Patriot Viper Series PC2-8500 (1066MHz) Memory is very simple and straight forward. All of the information you would need on overclocking grade memory can be found on the back of the packaging. The always adored windowed packaging is used so you know exactly how immense these heat spreader s at on this ram.

At first glance it is easy to see that this ram is not the same as your grandma’s eMachine. The Patriot Viper Series PC2-8500 (1066MHz) Memory has some serious heat spreaders on it you will never see in a stock computer. This alone should assure you that you can judge this book by its cover.

 

Let`s get in to the specifications:

Specifications:

SPEEDMEMORY TIMINGSVOLTAGE SETTINGS
PC2-8500 (1066MHz)5-5-5-152.1V

Features:

  • Extreme Performance PC2-8500 (1066MHz)
  • Enhanced Latency (5-5-5-15)
  • Equipped with Patriot Viper Heat Shields with integrated ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) technology
  • 100% Tested and Verified
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • RoHS Compliant
  • EPP Ready
  • Tested and compatible with Intel P35, X38, and Nvidia NF680i and NF780i boards

Let`s get into the testing now:

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
  • Memory: OCZ 2 x 2GB
  • Video Card: Asus EAH 4830
  • Power Supply: Coolmax USA 950w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB SATA
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Thermaltake armor

Testing:

For this round of testing I will just be testing the Viper Series PC2-8500 (1066MHz) Memory. My previous Ram is only rated for 800 MHz so I won’t be testing the Viper Series against it just showing you the difference using of 800 MHz compared to 1066 MHz. The benchmarks I will be using today will be PC Mark Vantage Memory Test, Super Pi using an 8MB calculation, Sisoft Sandra using the Memory Bandwidth Test, the Cache Memory Test, and the Latency Test. I will also be testing the gaming quality using Crysis Warhead Benchmark program on no AA, Gamer Settings, and 1280 x 1024 resolution.

These are by far the best memory bandwidth and benchmarking programs I have found and should give us a remarkable range of information to truly see the benefit of using higher end ram. The timings I will be using are 4-4-4-15 for 800 Mhz under clock and 5-5-5-15 for the 1066 performance clock. I will not be overclocking the ram in this test because the way the DQ6 board change their memory clocks to get the 1150 MHz overclock ends up overclocking the processor (uses its own calculations in reference to FSB) and this will not give us an accurate benchmarking platform.

PC Mark Vantage (Higher Numbers are Better):

Clock Speed

Result Of Memory Test

800 MHz

4070

1066 MHz

4148

Super Pi (In Minutes Lower is Better):

Clock Speed

Result Of Super Pi 8M Test

800 MHz

3:40

1066 MHz

3:30

 Crysis Warhead (In FPS Higher is Better 1280 x 1024):

Clock Speed

Crysis Warhead FPS

800 MHz

23.09

1066 MHz

29.8

 Sisoft Sandra (Higher is Better Except for Latency):

Test

800 MHz

1066 MHz

Memory Bandwidth Integer

5.49MB/s

6.10MB/s

Memory Bandwidth Float

5.50 MB/s

6.11MB/s

Cache Mem

41.45

43.68

Latency

97ns

90ns

For those of you that this means nothing to let me assure you this ram performed very well. Even though the underclock had better timings, the 1066 clock speeds won in every test. If you are still sporting 400 MHz or even 800 MHz ram a jump up to the 1066 is a great way to seriously improve the overall performance of your computer.  Even if you are just a gamer and you have a lower end card like the 4830 this is a great way to squeak out those much needed FPS and still improve your over all system performance. Let’s see the final thoughts.

Conclusion:

The Patriot Viper Series PC2-8500 (1066MHz) Memory is incredible ram. When I was using my previous set of 800 MHz rated ram my FPS on Crysis Warhead were 21.3 with the 4830 at stock speeds. 8FPS may not sound like much but it does make a major difference. Let me assure you even if you are not an enthusiast there are many uses for high end ram like this.

Would I recommend this memory?  Yes, it is a very decent price per GB fantastic speed and timings. Gamers will notice a jump in performance without swapping graphics cards and render farm owners will love the bandwidth and rendering speeds of this ram over lower frequency memory.

Pros:

  • Good Timings
  • Great Underclock Timings
  • Price
  • Large Heat Spreader
  • 1066 MHZ!!

Cons:

  • Heat Spreader Too High For Some Coolers

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