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Overclocking the Overclocking Memory!


Patriot Memory's Viper II Sector5 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit Reviewed

Sure, this might sound bizarre, but we're already overclocking the system into extreme territory. So, we decided to see where this kit reaches its maximum frequency trying to maintain 9-11-9-27 memory timings.

Patriot Memory's Viper II Sector5 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit Reviewed

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Patriot Memory's Viper II Sector5 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit Reviewed

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Just when you thought there wasn't anything left under the hood, the maximum overclock we could achieve with stock timings was 2520MHz requiring 1.69V to maintain stability. The ASUS EVO back up system actually ran the memory at 1.685V which shows that there is a little variance between platforms as expected.

Final Thoughts

Patriot Memory's Viper II Sector5 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit Reviewed

So do you need a 2400MHz dual channel DDR3 memory kit? If you're a hardcore gamer, extreme system enthusiast, or pro user, then yes.  But, the folks that buy this stuff up will want every ounce of performance and then some.

There's more to the memory than just fanatical speed. Any avid power user or professional can also expect perfect performance using lower frequencies with much tighter memory timings than you can get from lower speed stock kits. All you have to do is play with the BIOS settings to get what you want. With this much scalability, the chance of success is all but guaranteed. However, we do recognize that not everyone wants to tweak their system or play around with the BIOS so its appeal is fairly limited to a niche market of enthusiasts or power users.

Ultimately, the 4GB 2400MHz Sector 5 DDR3 is engineered with the industry's best ICs and that can lead to extreme reliability as well. For a respectable $229.99 US price for the kit, it's quite possible they'll help set some crazy performance records. Or, if this stuff isn't fast enough, you can pick up the fully guaranteed 2500MHz kit for around $339.99 US which is the world's fastest DDR3 memory available. The bottom line is enthusiasts won't be disappointed as this is truly a high performance product.

Pros:

  • Best bang for buck extreme 2400MHz DDR3 memory
  • Scales easily based on what you need
  • XMP profile is accurately programmed
  • Premium grade memory modules

Cons:

  • Requires a performance level motherboard
  • (But, shouldn't you always buy one?)
  • Only one XMP profile

Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10.0

Patriot Memory's Viper II Sector5 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 2400MHz Memory Kit Reviewed

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