Page 10 - Overclocking and Conclusion
With its additional name, you might think Patriot has just thrown a new splash of paint on their memory kits and called it a day, but there is change from within as well. Instead, we have a kit that is capable of keeping pace with faster DDR4 modules available nowadays. At a fast operating frequency and good latency timings, the memory kit running at DDR4-3600 17-19-19-39 performed as I would have expected. With quality SK Hynix C-die chips underneath, tried-and-true heatspreaders, and a dependable reputation like Patriot, the Viper 4 Blackout DDR4-3600 2x8GB is yet another fine showing. As always, Patriot also offers their limited lifetime warranty in case anything does go wrong. In addition, we were able to crank out a few extra megahertz this time around in overclocking, landing at DDR4-3933. This represents an additional 9.3% increase on the already relatively fast XMP settings. The overclocked result was also Prime95 stable, with the timings barely loosened, as shown in our screenshot above. You may be wanting some more flashy features like RGB lighting, but I prefer the more conservative and reliable solution of just an all-black look, which still fits into any sort of build regardless of the color. If there is anything that is surprising, it is actually the lower price of $80 USD at press time. Considering similarly clocked frequency kits can cost quite a bit more and similarly priced kits feature worse latency timings, the Viper 4 Blackout kit combines the best of both worlds. This makes the Patriot Viper 4 Blackout DDR4-3600 2x8GB a great economical choice for your build and an excellent option whether you are looking for reliable performance or a softer hit on your wallet.
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The Patriot Viper 4 Blackout DDR4-3600 2x8GB may feature an additional alias, but we still have a great price-to-performance ratio with overclocking to boot.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 10
7. Benchmark: 3DMark
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R20
10. Overclocking and Conclusion