Sandybridge has changed the way we overclock memory, and with that in mind, we’ve changed the way we test overclocks. For the Patriot G2 Series DDR3-1600 2x2GB, we shall be trying out various combinations of timings and voltages at the rated 1600MHz. After this, we shall try and make the jump with altered timings and voltages to the next Sandybridge rated memory frequency, 1866MHz.
During our testing, we were able to get the Patriot G2 Series DDR3-1600 4GB kit to run at 8-8-8-24-1T @ 1.65V without any trouble whatsoever. It was stable for over 24 hours at these timings (gaming, wPrime and 3D Mark runs for stability testing), so from there we attempted to tighten the timings. Unfortunately, the best stable timings at 1.65V we could achieve was 8-8-8-24-1T. At these settings, the latency drops to below 42ns and the read speeds increase slightly. There was little difference in the write speeds (over averaged tests).
Going back to the rated settings, we then attempted to lower the voltage. We almost had 1.5V stable; we had no lock-ups or crashes, however icons from our systray and a few indicators such as progress bars would disappear in Windows 7. We gave it 3 hours at 1.5V before increasing the voltage to 1.55V, which had no problems at all.
We once again returned to rated settings, and then loosened the timings to try and make it as easy as possible for the ram to run at a higher frequency. We even increased the voltage to 1.7v, but alas we couldn’t get the Patriot G2 Series DDR3-1600 4GB to even POST at 1866MHz.
When I think of , I don’t think of cheap and cheerful memory. I’m not saying that memory is expensive, it’s just not that often I’m reminded that aside from the excellent Viper series modules, also cater to the more modest budget. And the kit is a very good reminder of that fact.
From the start, first impressions are good. You get a good looking box, that clearly states what you’re getting for your money, and everything is neatly held inside. The sticks themselves feature a simple heatsink design that adds to the visual appeal in a simple manner. The heat-spreaders and the modules overall are no bigger than they need to be, which means they will be size compatible with any cooling and motherboard setup.
The are rated to run at 9-9-9-24 timings @ 1.65v. We had no problems running our set at 8-8-8-24 @ 1.65v. We also were able to almost run at 1.5v with the rated timings. The are P67 platform and XMP ready for a quick setup. Since Sandybridge doesn’t allow for the more traditional memory overclock, we were hoping that perhaps with looser timings and some more voltage we could run the @ 1866MHz, the next step for Sandybridge memory speeds. Alas we couldn’t quite get there. Still, the tighter timings and the lower than rated voltage were a welcome surprise, but of course you can only guarantee you’ll get the rated specifications when purchasing your own set.
Speaking of money, DDR3 prices have fallen a lot in the past 6 months or so, and it shows with the at . Overall, if you’re not a big overclocker with a big wallet, but you do use your PC for gaming, then these modules are memory you can trust. They are inexpensive, run at a nice 1600MHz (plenty for your more modest modern gaming system), look pretty good and are simple to install and setup.