Patriot Memory Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters 16GB (2x8GB) 1866MHZ RAM Kit Review

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Patriot has been a reliable member of the RAM manufacturer community for years. Their products have stood up to overclocking and compatibilty tests by everyone from beginners to enthusiasts, and they strive to give PC users the best possible performance for any specific RAM configuration. A few months ago we reviewed Patriot's Viper Extreme Divison 4 series RAM (4x4GB, PC315000) which offered almost 30% increases in performance when overclocked. Patriot has partnered with Intel this time around to provide power users with high quality parts for the best possible overclocking experience with their special edition Viper 3 kits known as the Intel Extreme Masters memory.



Features and Specifications


The Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Memory, a limited edition kit designed with true performance and gamers in mind. These modules are hand tested and compatible with the latest Intel® DDR3 platforms to ensure stability for the most intense gaming environments. The Intel® XMP Certification ensures a seamless gaming upgrade and experience.


• Multiple speeds available (1600MHz, 1866MHz,2133MHz)

• Compatible with Intel 6 & 7 series

• Intel® XMP Certified (Version 1.3)

• 100% Tested and Verified

• Lifetime warranty


 PC3 15000 (1866MHz) 10-11-10-30  1.5V 


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Patriot's Viper 3 heatsink design looks pretty awesome and is unique (I love blue!), but builders need to make sure it will fit underneath a large CPU cooler. A lot of motherboards place the two inside DIMMS very close to the processor, which could cause some issues if a large cooler is used given the height of the heatsinks on each module.  A common problem with high-profile heatsinks, so do a little research to make sure you're not in for a headache.  This is especially important if you're going to have a 4 DIMM configuration and can't move the DIMMs to the B-channel.  The thing I like the most about Patriot's heatsink design here is that it adds a bit of an edgy appearance and is also feather light.  They really played tricks on my the first time I picked them up, because they weigh marginally more than a standard naked DIMM, but their high-profile heatsink primes you to think otherwise.  The heatsinks also aren't too thick, but the tops do come quite close to each other.  The large open tops allow for a fair amount of airflow nonetheless.  The black PCB looks so much better than the green ones, and is a very nice touch.


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