Patriot Viper ‘Black Mamba’ 2133mhz Gen 3 16GB review


Today we are looking at the latest high performance memory from Patriot – the Viper ‘Black Mamba’. This memory has been designed for the latest Intel DDR3 motherboards and features a new ‘high performance heat shield’ to reduce the temperatures. The new Black Mamba kits will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities at speeds between 1,600mhz and 2,133mhz.
Patriot, in a similar fashion to G.Skill have been releasing a multitude of high performance DDR3 kits this year to target the discerning enthusiast user.
Today we are pairing up two of the 8GB Viper ‘Black Mamba’ kits to test in QUAD Channel configuration with the class leading ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard.
Patriot Viper ‘Black Mamba’ Specifications:
  • Extreme Performance PC3-17000 (2133MHz)
  • Enhanced Latency (11-11-11-30)
  • Voltage: 1.5V
  • XMP 1.3 Ready
  • Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield build around a copper core to provide improved cooling
  • 100% Tested and Verified
  • RoHS Compliant
The Patriot packaging for the Viper Black Mamba memory is very simple – almost like the famous Metallica album cover. Keep it black!
We are testing two of the 8GB kits today in QUAD Channel.
Each of the kits is protected inside tough, clear plastic. Nothing else is included in the package.
The Viper ‘Black Mamba’ memory is encased in black heatspreaders with the name on the front. These aren’t oversized heatspreaders and they fit underneath the Noctua NH D14, which is a bonus for those considering a large physical heatsink.
Patriot claim that all these kits are individually hand tested and validated for system compatibility. We aren’t exactly sure what this means, but we would assume they are only released if they pass a factory stress test.
Each stick has the size and speed listed along with the timings, which are 11-11-11-27. These aren’t the tightest timings for a 2,133mhz kit, but we still hope there is some overclocking headroom later in the review.
The aluminum heatspreaders are difficult to remove, as they are thermally bonded to each memory module on the black PCB – modest pressure and patience are needed. We wouldn’t advise you try this, that is why we are here.
Patriot are using high grade Hynix DDR3 H5TQ2GB3CFR memory on the Black Mamba sticks, so we are confident they will overclock manually to 2,400mhz.
On this page we present some super high resolution images of the product taken with the 24.5MP Nikon D3X camera and 24-70mm ED lens. These will take much longer to open due to the dimensions, especially on slower connections. If you use these pictures on another site or publication, please credit Kitguru.net as the owner/source.
Today we are using our favourite X79 board, the Asus Rampage IV Extreme. This motherboard is widely compatible with a great range of memory from various manufacturers and we have always achieved great results when overclocking.
The memory defaulted to 1,600mhz timings, which is a safe first post setting. By simply selecting the XMP profile, this is corrected after a reboot.
The memory defaulted to 1.65v via the ‘auto’ setting on the Asus Rampage IV Extreme.
Above, some CPUz screenshots of the memory at default settings in Windows 7.
System validation is available here.
We couldn’t get the system to post after selecting a 2,400mhz memory setting, so we were forced to clear the CMOS to reset the bios to default.
We overclock a lot of memory, so the first course of action to attempt a successful post at overclocked settings is to loosen the RAS to CAS delay settings. We changed from 11 to 12 and also loosened the RAS ACT time to 34 for added stability.
The system posted successfully and stability was achieved at these settings. System validation at 2,400mhz is available here.
We tried to push the memory further and did get a good post at 2,500mhz, although CAS Latency needed to be relaxed from 11 to 12. This had a mainly negative impact on the results, so we won’t be using it for results today.
Today we will test the Patriot Viper ‘Black Mamba’ 2,133mhz memory at:
2133mhz @ 11-11-11-27-2T
2400mhz @ 11-12-11-34 2T
Processor: Intel i7 3960X EE @ 4.4ghz
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Cooler: Antec H20 920
MemoryPatriot Viper ‘Black Mamba’ 2133mhz
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX590
Power Supply: Enermax Platimax 1200W
Optical Drive: Asus BluRay Drive
Chassis: Lian Li PC-A77FR Aluminium Red Full Tower Case
Monitors: Dell U3011, 3x Ilyama ProLite E2472HDD
Boot Drive: Patriot WildFire 120GB
Secondary Drive: 1TB Samsung
Comparison memory:
16GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline Ridgeback
16GB G.Skill ARES 2133mhz
8GB Kingston HyperX 2,400mhz
16GB G.Skill 2400mhz
8GB Corsair Dominator GT 2400mhz
16GB GSkill Ripjaws Z 2133mhz
32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
Software:
SiSoft Sandra
PcMark 7
3D Studio Max 2011
MaxxMem 2
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
Sandra is a (girl’s) name of Greek origin that means “defender”, “helper of mankind”. We think that’s quite fitting.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what’s really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
Native ports for all major operating systems are available:
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x86)
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x64)
  • Windows 2003/R2, 2008/R2* (IA64)
  • Windows Mobile 5.x (ARM CE 5.01)
  • Windows Mobile 6.x (ARM CE 5.02)
All major technologies are supported and taken advantage of:
  • SMP – Multi-Processor
  • MC – Multi-Core
  • SMT/HT – Hyper-Threading
  • MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, AVX, FMA – Multi-Media instructions
  • GPGPU, DirectX, OpenGL – Graphics
  • NUMA – Non-Uniform Memory Access
  • AMD64/EM64T/x64 – 64-bit extensions to x86
  • IA64 – Intel* Itanium 64-bit
At default 2,133mhz timings, the memory scores around 45 GB/s of bandwidth which is as we would expect. After manual overclocking to 2,400mhz, this score increases to break the 50 GB/s mark, almost equaling the Mushkin Redline at 2,400mhz.
PCMark 7 includes 7 PC tests for Windows 7, combining more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. Specifically designed to cover the full range of PC hardware from netbooks and tablets to notebooks and desktops, PCMark 7 offers complete PC performance testing for Windows 7 for home and business use.
A great all round score of 5,899 points, as we would expect from such a high end system.
V2011 is the first release of 3DStudio Max to fully support the Windows 7 operating system. This is a professional level tool that many people use for work purposes and our test will show any possible differences between board design today.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques to help bring designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results.
Streamlined, more intelligent data exchange workflows and innovative new modeling and visualization tools help significantly increase designers’ creativity and productivity, enabling them to better explore, validate, and communicate the stories behind their designs.
Major new features:
  • Slate: A node based material editor.
  • Quicksilver: Hardware renderer with multithreaded rendering engine that utilizes both CPU and GPU.
  • Extended Graphite Modeling Toolset
  • 3ds Max Composite: A HDRI-capable compositor based on Autodesk Toxik.
  • Viewport Canvas toolset for 3D and 2D texture painting directly in the viewport
  • Object Painting: use 3D geometry as ‘brushes’ on other geometry
  • Character Animation Toolkit (CAT): now integrated as part of the base package
  • Autodesk Material Library: Over 1200 new photometrically accurate shaders
  • Additional file format support: includes native support for Sketchup, Inventor
  • FBX file linking
  • Save to Previous Release (2010)
We created a new 8200×3200 scene and recorded the time for the hardware to finalise the render.
Great performance from the memory when configured in Quad Channel.
MaxxMem2 PreView is a handy, free program to rate memory performance. It can be downloaded over here.
Very similar results to other leading memory we have tested in the past, such as the Mushkin Redline and G.Skill ARES. Great scores all round.
The Viper ‘Black Mamba’ 2,133mhz is a fantastic kit from Patriot, with a striking black appearance which will look great in any windowed system build. The fact that Patriot have adopted small profile heatspreaders is a bonus, because they pair up fine with the latest, oversized heatsinks.
Performance is just as impressive, as the Viper ‘Black Mamba’ can deliver 45 GB/s of bandwidth at the default timings in a Quad Channel configuration.
Overclocking the Viper ‘Black Mamba’ isn’t difficult, and by simply relaxing the RAS to CAS delay from 11 to 12, stability was achieved at 2,400mhz. The system was perfectly stable throughout our intensive stress testing, and this enhanced the memory bandwidth to over 50 GB/s.
The memory sector is cutthroat and pricing is all important and initially we were slightly concerned at the price point. Overclockers in the UK had an 8GB kit in stock for £69.98 inc vat, but just before publication they reduced this price.
Overclockers just dropped to £47.99 inc vat today, a reduction of £22 for a single 8GB kit.
At these prices, it is difficult to ignore. We would class this as 2,400mhz memory (in disguise), and at less than £100 for 16GB it is a heck of a good deal. You can preorder this memory today from Overclockers UK.
Pros:
  • looks fantastic.
  • heatspreaders aren’t oversized.
  • quality hynix modules on black PCB.
  • overclocks to 2,400mhz with little effort.
  • great value for money.
  • lifetime warranty.
Cons:
  • The competition in the memory sector is intense.
You can win 24GB of this memory in a competition running until the middle of August 2012. Check it out over here!
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