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Patriot Sector 5 DDR3-1333 CAS 9

High-Density DDR3: Five Dual-Module 8GB Kits Compared

Patriot has barely gotten its feet wet in the high-density DDR3 market, and its recently introduced PGV38G1333ELK 8GB dual-channel kit was the only package we could find to use its new 4GB DIMMs.

These DDR3-1333 CAS 9-rated modules are also the only devices in today’s lineup that do not default to DDR3-1333 CAS 8. A combination of SPD and XMP values seem to indicate that these use overclocked DDR3-1066 components.

Users with XMP-capable motherboards can easily select the rated speed, timings, and 1.65V voltage using one or two BIOS settings, while more experienced users can set everything manually. Users who can’t or won’t make manual BIOS adjustments will find that these modules default to proper DDR3-1066 CAS 7 settings and many programs show little to no performance difference between DD3-1066 and DDR3-1333.

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