|Price: $44.99 (after rebate)|
It’s quite interesting buying memory for a modern Intel desktop system these days. Actually, interesting is probably not the correct description. Because Sandybridge (Intel’s latest desktop motherboard chipset) can’t overclock the memory in the manner we have become accustomed to over the years, this is going to alter how we review and test memory.
It also means that more of an emphasis on timings will be seen in the marketplace for Sandybridge optimized memory modules, rated speeds, and let’s not forget XMP profiles to automatically set up our memory with the best settings. And last but not least is price. Checking prices for DDR3 right now (Japan crisis aside) they are a lot lower than they were just 6-12 months ago which is good for us end users.
announced their modules at the end of last year, and one of the main attractions has got to be the low price. On paper, you look to get a lot for your money from the .
Extreme Performance PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
Enhanced Latency (9-9-9-24)
Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield to provide improved cooling
100% Tested and Verified
- Tested on Intel® P67 platform
Patriot sell the Gamer 2 series in various configurations. As per the specifications below, we are looking at the PGD34G1600ELK, or Patriot Gamer 2 Series DDR3 4GB 1600MHz.
Gamer 2 Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 8GB 1333MHz Enhanced Latency Kit
Gamer 2 Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 8GB 1600MHz Enhanced Latency Kit
Gamer 2 Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 4GB 1333MHz Enhanced Latency Kit
Gamer 2 Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 4GB 1600MHz Enhanced Latency Kit
Here is what have to say about their memory.
“The Patriot G2 Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 memory kits are specifically designed for the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors; Intel’s® 6 Series platform. The G2 Series delivers the high-performance PC gamers demand at price tags that are easy on the wallet. The low-profile Patriot G2 series sport sleek air-craft grade extruded aluminium heat-spreaders for enhanced cooling performance that delivers superior stability during long hours of gaming, and adds a touch of style to your 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ powered system. Built using high-quality pre-screened IC’s and vigorously tested these G2 Series modules are available in 4GB and 8GB kits at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings. Each kit is 100% hand tested for quality assurance and is back by a lifetime warranty and industry leading customer support. The Patriot G2 series memory modules are the best value for PC gamers seeking maximum performance from their 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor powered system. “
The Patriot G2 Series 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit comes in this nice blue and black themed box. You get a good picture on the front of the memory, although the back is a little sparse on full details. Don’t get me wrong, everything you need to know about the memory is on the package, just not on the back of it.
Inside, the memory is held in a clear plastic flip open tray. Regular readers will know I’m not a fan of packaging that takes various blades and scissors and degree’s in “Item Extraction and Parcel Engineering” so I’m pleased that the Patriot packaging is a simple affair you can manage without the need to resort to tools.
The memory itself is quite attractive, and follows a blue and black theme on the heat-spreaders which is a common enough theme on many motherboards these days.
Looking along the length of the memory sticks you can see that Patriot have increased the surface area of the heat-spreaders slightly with ridges top and bottom that run the length of the spreader. A simple sticker on each side provides a dash of blue color to the otherwise black of the heat-spreader
Speaking of stickers, each stick also has a black on white sticker with the module rated specifications; in this case DDR3 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 4GB (2x2GB), 1.65V.
Overall, the specifications and aesthetics are greater than you might expect when you consider that this kit, while aimed at gamers, are not priced as much more than value ram. If I had one criticism so far it would be the green PCB, but again I’m not going to knock Patriot for that too much when the price is considered.
I also want to comment about this memory and large coolers. We’re big fans of Noctua coolers here, and Noctua’s NH-D14 is a monster. It can sometimes run foul of high end memory with large heat-spreaders, so the Patriot G2′s heat-spreaders won’t effect anything.
Test Setup: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz, 4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer Ram @ 1600MHz, MSI P55-GD65, Silicon Power M10 32GB + Western Digital 640GB, Custom CPU Watercooling, Hiper Type M 730w PSU, Cooler Master Cosmos S Case. All latest drivers as of April 1st 2011 and the OS is Windows 7 64bit.
– Not just a system monitoring tool, but AIDA64 also has tools for benchmarking components. For our test subject today, we used the Cache and Memory Benchmark to test read and write speeds, and memory latency.
– An oldie but a goodie, SiSoft has been a staple of many a memory review since the year 0.