Patriot has brought their very popular and equally impressive Viper Xtreme series memory kits to the quad-channel and Intel X79 crowd. ¬†Since getting my first chance to check these kits out a couple of years ago I have been a fan. ¬†First let‚Äôs start with the build quality, it is quite impeccable. ¬†The 6 gram copper core and extruded aircraft-grade aluminum that make up the heatspreaders make for extremely solid modules. ¬†They not only will keep your memory nice and cool they look pretty damn impressive doing it. ¬†These modules have to some of the heaviest available right now.
With support for XMP 1.3 you can easily enable the XMP profile in the BIOS and get the kit up and running at the advertised speeds with no trouble at all. ¬†I would have liked to see a compatible X79 motherboards list provided by Patriot. ¬†This would really help consumers who are building a new system. ¬†We do know the kit works perfectly fine on the Gigabyte X79-UD3 board.
I was quite impressed with the overclock that I achieved with this kit. ¬†This kit is set to run at 1866MHz, which is above the normal 1600MHz, which seems to be the default for the X79 platform. ¬†I was able to easily to get the memory up to 2133MHz without having to change the voltage or timings at all. ¬†This was very impressive as when you are bringing memory up this high you usually need to adjust the timings and voltage.
Right now this kit is selling for $119 at my favorite online retailer, which put it on par with just about every other 16GB DDR3-1866 kit out there. ¬†Patriot also offers it in 1600MHz and 2133MHz versions. ¬†Keep in mind all of these kits come with a lifetime warranty. ¬†Overall ThinkComputers gives the Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 4 DDR3-1866 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– 6 gram copper core and extruded aircraft-grade aluminum heatspreaders
– XMP 1.3 compliant
– Lifetime warranty
– Good overclocking headroom
– None that I found