Patriot Viper Elite 3200MHz CL16 PVE48G320C6KGY 2x8GB DDR4 Review: Overclocking for All

Patriot Viper Elite DDR4Using fast DDR4 memory was a privilege only a few could experience due to high cost initially but supply outpacing demand finally resulted in reasonable prices. Patriot’s new Viper Elite DDR4 modules are a welcome addition for Haswell-E as well as Skylake systems. What makes it even more appealing is that these kits are built to be even better performers than the previously released Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 modules (reviewed here) and are very affordable.

The Patriot Viper Elite DDR4 memory kit is available in dual-piece kits of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB with speeds ranging from 2300MHz to 3200MHz. It carries a lifetime warranty and is available in red, blue or gray heatspreader color variants.

Review Sample Provided by: Patriot
Product Name/Link to Website: Patriot Viper Elite PVE48G320C6KGY
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

The Patriot Viper  Elite DDR4 kit package comes in a two-piece design consisting of an outer box and a see-through blister packaging inside. Users get a full preview of one of the modules on the front and back through the box cut-out. Inside the protective plastic packaging with the modules is a “Powered by Patriot” sticker. This sample in particular is a dual-channel 3200MHz CL16 kit that comes in a pair of 8GB modules (16GB kit) with a gray spine.

Patriot Viper Elite DDR4 packaging

Each Patriot Viper Elite module measures 6.8mm x 133mm x 43mm, factoring in the aluminum heat spreader. Other than the gray, red or blue painted spine, the rest of the heatspreader is a shiny aluminum at the top and black towards the bottom. The top spine has partial airflow pass-through from the side.

Looking from the bottom reveals that the 8GB module is single-sided and removal of the heatspreader reveals the IC to be Samsung K4A8G085WB. The aluminum heatspreader is very easy to remove and the adhesive did not need to be heat treated for easier removal. There are no screws holding the heat spreaders or the spine in place like it is on the Patriot Viper 4 modules which has a more substantial heatsink.

Patriot Viper Elite DDR4

The EEPROM containing the SPD and XMP data is located at the center and here are some of the relevant information extracted from inside (via Thaiphoon Burner):

MANUFACTURING DESCRIPTION
Module Manufacturer:Patriot Memory
Module Part Number:3200 C16 Series
SDRAM Manufacturer:Undefined
SDRAM Components:Not determined
Module Manufacturing Date:Undefined
Module Manufacturing Location:Taipei, Taiwan
Module Serial Number:00000000h
Module PCB Revision:01h
SDRAM Stepping:00h
PHYSICAL & LOGICAL ATTRIBUTES
Fundamental Memory Class:DDR4 SDRAM
Module Speed Grade:DDR4-2133
Base Module Type:UDIMM (133.35 mm)
Module Capacity:8192 MB
Reference Raw Card:A0
Initial Raw Card Designer:SK Hynix
Module Nominal Height:31 < H <= 32 mm
Module Thickness Maximum, Front:1 < T <= 2 mm
Module Thickness Maximum, Back:T <= 1 mm
Number of DIMM Ranks:1
Address Mapping from Edge Connector to DRAM:Standard
SDRAM Device Package:Standard Monolithic
SDRAM Device Package Type:78-ball FBGA
SDRAM Device Die Count:Single die
Signal Loading:Not specified
Number of Column Addresses:10 bits
Number of Row Addresses:16 bits
Number of Bank Addresses:2 bits (4 banks)
Bank Group Addressing:2 bits (4 groups)
SDRAM Device Width:8 bits
Programmed SDRAM Capacity:8 Gb
Calculated SDRAM Capacity:8 Gb
SDRAM Page Size:1 KB
Primary Memory Bus Width:64 bits
Memory Bus Width Extension:0 bits
SDRAM VDD 1.20 V operable/endurant:Yes/Yes
DRAM TIMING PARAMETERS
Fine Timebase:0.001 ns
Medium Timebase:0.125 ns
CAS Latencies Supported:10T, 11T, 12T, 13T,
14T, 15T, 16T
SDRAM Minimum Cycle Time:0.938 ns
SDRAM Maximum Cycle Time:1.500 ns
Nominal SDRAM Clock Frequency:1066.10 MHz
Minimum SDRAM Clock Frequency:666.67 MHz
CAS# Latency Time (tAA min):13.500 ns
RAS# to CAS# Delay Time (tRCD min):13.500 ns
Row Precharge Delay Time (tRP min):13.500 ns
Active to Precharge Delay Time (tRAS min):33.000 ns
Act to Act/Refresh Delay Time (tRC min):46.500 ns
Normal Refresh Recovery Delay Time (tRFC1 min):350.000 ns
2x mode Refresh Recovery Delay Time (tRFC2 min):260.000 ns
4x mode Refresh Recovery Delay Time (tRFC4 min):160.000 ns
Short Row Active to Row Active Delay (tRRD_S min):3.700 ns
Long Row Active to Row Active Delay (tRRD_L min):5.300 ns
Long CAS to CAS Delay Time (tCCD_L min):5.625 ns
Four Active Windows Delay (tFAW min):21.000 ns
Maximum Active Window (tMAW):8192*tREFI
Maximum Activate Count (MAC):Unlimited MAC
SDRAM Post Package Repair:Not supported
Soft Post Package Repair:Not supported
THERMAL PARAMETERS
Module Thermal Sensor:Not Incorporated
INTEGRATED TEMPERATURE SENSOR
Manufacturer:OnSemi
Model:CAT34TS04
Revision:00h
Temperature Monitor Status:Active
Current Ambient Temperature:28.000°C
Sensor Resolution:0.0625°C
Accuracy at 75°C to 95°C:±1°C
Accuracy at 40°C to 125°C:±2°C
Open-drain Event Output:Disabled
10V of VHV on A0 pin:Supported
Negative Temperature Measurements:Supported
Interrupt capabilities:Supported
SMBus timeout period for TS access:25 to 35 ms
SPD PROTOCOL
SPD Revision:1.0
SPD Bytes Total:512
SPD Bytes Used:384
SPD Checksum (Bytes 00h-7Dh):6355h (OK)
SPD Checksum (Bytes 80h-FDh):B2ADh (OK)
PART NUMBER DETAILS
JEDEC DIMM Label:8GB 1Rx8 PC4-2133-UA0-10
FREQUENCYCASRCDRPRASRCRRDSRRDLCCDLFAW
1067 MHz161515365046623
1067 MHz151515365046623
933 MHz141313314445620
933 MHz131313314445620
800 MHz121111273835517
800 MHz111111273835517
667 MHz1099223134414
INTEL EXTREME MEMORY PROFILES
Profiles Revision: 2.0
Profile 1 (Certified) Enables: Yes
Profile 2 (Extreme) Enables: No
Profile 1 Channel Config: 1 DIMM/channel
XMP PARAMETERPROFILE 1PROFILE 2
Speed Grade:DDR4-3200N/A
RAM Clock Frequency:1600 MHzN/A
Module VDD Voltage Level:1.35 VN/A
Minimum SDRAM Cycle Time (tCK):0.625 nsN/A
CAS Latencies Supported:17T,16T,15T,14T,
13T,12T,11T,9T
N/A
CAS Latency Time (tAA):16TN/A
RAS# to CAS# Delay Time (tRCD):16TN/A
Row Precharge Delay Time (tRP):16TN/A
Active to Precharge Delay Time (tRAS):36TN/A
Active to Active/Refresh Delay Time (tRC):64TN/A
Four Activate Window Delay Time (tFAW):36TN/A
Short Activate to Activate Delay Time (tRRD_S):6TN/A
Long Activate to Activate Delay Time (tRRD_L):9TN/A
Normal Refresh Recovery Delay Time (tRFC1):560TN/A
2x mode Refresh Recovery Delay Time (tRFC2):416TN/A
4x mode Refresh Recovery Delay Time (tRFC4):256TN/A
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