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Patriot Viper II Sector 5 2000MHz DDR3 Kit
In testing the Lynnfield platform, we've have had to stick to fairly moderate memory speeds to ensure uniformity with the other Benchmark Reviews test platforms. Even at these speeds, though, Lynnfield has already proven an excellent performer in terms of memory bandwidth. In this review, we'll push our system even further with the help of a 2000MHz DDR3 kit from Patriot. As part the of the Viper II Sector 5 Series, the PVV34G2000LLKB kit we're testing was designed specifically for the P55 platform and should provide some insight into how Lynnfield handles high performance memory.
Achieving 2000MHz is no easy feat, particularly in light of the 1.65v limit established by Intel. As with Bloomfield, memory manufacturers and vendors must keep their modules at or below this limit to maintain compatibility with Lynnfield systems. Often this results in higher timings, but by using higher binned ICs, Patriot was able to keep the timings at a respectable 8-8-8-24. The Viper II Sector 5 kit also utilizes an XMP profile, which can set these timings and the necessary BIOS settings automatically.
As impressive as these memory modules are, they do come at a price. The 4GB kit that we're testing today retails for $179.99 at Newegg. At that price, it's nearly twice as much as some of the budget DDR3 kits on the market. That may leave many asking if the added speed is worth it. To answer this question, we'll fire up our Lynnfield test bed and analyze the Sector 5 kit at several different speeds. We'll also do some overclocking to find out how much headroom to expect from these modules.
Viper II Sector 5 Features
The Patriot Viper II ‘Sector 5' Series, part of the Extreme Performance (EP) line, is the ultimate performance memory solution for the Intel P55 system platform. The Viper II ‘Sector 5' series are built using only the highest quality pre-sorted IC's available and are subjected to rigorous testing and validation on the P55 platform to achieve optimized performance and maximum quality. These modules are engineered to reach 2000MHz at 8-8-8-24 timings and are available in 4GB kit capacity. This kit includes Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage benchmarking software for enthusiasts to fine tune their system for optimal performance.
Extreme Performance PC3-16000 (2000MHz)
Low Latency (8-8-8-24)
Equipped with advance aluminum heat-dispersing shields
100% Tested and Verified
Tested on Intel P55 chipset
About Patriot Memory
Established in 1985, Patriot Memory builds a full range of memory module and flash memory products, offering a perfect blend of quality and value. Patriot products include Extreme Performance (EP), Signature Lines (SL) and Flash Memory solutions (FM).
Patriot has sales offices located throughout the U.S. and Asia. Patriot sells through the distribution channels throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
Patriot's development and manufacturing facility are located in Fremont, California USA. Our manufacturing segment is composed of a highly skilled production staff and multiple production lines optimized for modules, giving Patriot the ability and resources necessary to provide a full line of memory module solutions. Patriot Memory is a trademark of PDP Systems, Inc.