Installation, Overclocking & Testing Procedures
Installing these modules is just like any other, simply slide them into your open memory slots in your motherboard. The heatspreaders on the modules are a little large so if you are using an aftermarket cooling solution I would make sure they will fit. Once installed you can see the Patriot logo’s facing out, which is pretty cool.
We are testing this memory on an X79 motherboard so overclocking is pretty easy. Normally we would overclock the memory independently of the CPU, but we actually had to overclock the CPU to bump the memory up. This memory has default timings of DDR3-2133 11-11-11-27 at 1.5v. The next bump up is 2400MHz, so I went for that and as expected the system did not boot, even when I bumped the voltage from 1.5v to 1.65v. So I had overclock the other way, by changing the BCLK, this not only overclocks the CPU but the memory as well. Normally the BCLK is set at 100. At first I moved the BCLK up to 104, which put our memory at 2280MHz and the CPU at 3.74GHz. I was able to get the system to boot, but it was not stable. So I moved down to 103 BCLK. This put the memory at 2197MHz, which proved to be stable.
Our test system is comprised of the following items.
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Masters DDR3-2133 16GB
Power Supply: Thermaltake 1200W
Storage: 750GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Noctua NH-L12
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
We have a set battery of benchmarks for Memory reviews. We have listed the applications we use for testing below.
- Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
- Latency Benchmark
- Cache Benchmark
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
MaxxMem – Preview
Now let’s get to testing!