Patriot's new IEM series RAM posted great overclocking numbers, and did so with lower than expected timings at the 2000 MHz overclock. The benchmarks clearly show a performance increase, but don't think this is the end. When it comes down to it, these tests show an increase in performance because they're only testing RAM bandwidth and latency. In the grand scheme of things, there would be no visible increase in applications or games, as the overall performance benefit only increases around 1-2% at most. In most cases, there are other things bottlenecking the system. However, the overclocking performance and stability we saw at 2000MHz shows they're a good set of sticks, and there are definitely RAM-intensive applications the OC would be great for. If you are a hardcore system builder who loves to overclock and get the most out of your system, I'd say these modules are made just for you; easy to overclock and stable at high speeds and their hand-tested nature has shown they perform consistently from our consumer research. The 2x8GB capacity leaves enough memory left over for fancy things like RAM caching or dedicated RAM Disks which are extraordinarily fast.
We also have to hand it to Patriot's design team, as these are a nice-looking pair of sticks (please make a red version, would look great on that black PCB), they do a great job of keeping the sticks relatively cool, and they're light weight to boot. And at $110, they're still competitive with most other high performance memory solutions out there, and there's value in the sticks being hand tested. Whether the extra $20 fits in your budget over the cheapest 2x8GB 1866MHz kits is up to you, but the Intel Extreme Master's kits are certainly worth considering.
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