Page 9 - Overclocking Results and Conclusion
As I've said earlier, the default latencies were a bit conservatively defined in my opinion -- and as far as I was concerned, I was able to change it around a bit. At DDR3-1800 as shown above, I used the default latencies and got it to 8-7-7-21 stable -- pretty decent in my opinion, considering the voltage and operating frequency. I tried 7-7-7-20 but it did not work out so well for me. Orthos crashed in mere minutes.
Usually I would do a report on how far I could go with stock voltage and latency settings, unfortunately the Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-14400 didn't go too far. Therefore, I decided to move onto our next part of the report -- give it some really loose latencies, boost voltage to Northbridge, CPU, and all the fun stuff, and for this case shot 2.1V through the memory modules to see how much it could go, while attempting to reduce limitation factors.
Since the RAM is already operating at very high frequencies (Keep in mind that the fastest commonly available consumer DDR3 operates at 1GHz actual/2GHz effective with true cream of the crop chips -- DDR3-1800 is the next one down) -- we didn't expect much overclocking. Compared to Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 that overclocked to 933MHz at 7-7-7-21 and 960MHz (CPU limited) at 8-8-8-24, the Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-14400 2x1GB maxed out at 930MHz (DDR3-1860). However, considering that these Patriot RAM generally are more affordable that the Project X, and uses premium D9GTS chips -- it may have been just our particular unit that didn't overclock exceptionally, or the chips were sourced from a cheaper parts bin at manufacturing.
The Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-14400 2x1GB... hmm, I'm so tired after all my engineering midterms, quizzes, and assignments and whatnot lately, I don't even know how I should start this haha. Well, it looks pretty sweet *Ahem* Let me rephrase that. The "Patriot Aluminum Bladed Heat Shield Technology" headspreader conducts actually works quite well. After hours of overclocking tests at high voltages, it merely feels warm on the side. And judging from the uber hardcore contact tape (Well, it did destroy a stick when I tried to remove it, haha) -- I think it has done a pretty decent job. Moving onto our benchmarks, the Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-14400 2x1GB definitely proved capable and consistent across the board. The 8-8-8-20 specification is definitely a bit conservative -- I was able to bring it down a notch without sacrificing stability at all. It's competitive as a set of 'value performance DDR3 RAM'. It is also performance memory with Micron D9GTS chips at blazingly fast 1800MHz effective operating frequency, but priced a bit lower than the 'performance performance DDR3 RAM' that overclocks like mad. Chances are that you probably won't be overclocking enough to bring it past 1800MHz anyways. Either way, if you're looking for some competitively priced DDR3-1800 RAM with cool looking heatsinks that doesn't look overdone and works, the Patriot Extreme Performance PC3-14400 2x1GB is probably a very good choice.
Special thanks to Latisha over at Patriot Memory for making this review possible.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: 3DMark06
4. Benchmark: PCMark05
5. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
6. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
7. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory
8. Benchmark: SuperPI, Cinebench R10
9. Overclocking Results and Conclusion