Patriot Viper DDR3-2000 CAS 8
Patriot’s PVT36G2000LLK name breaks down easily to reveal a three-channel, six-gigabyte, DDR3-2000 Low Latency Kit, though its rated latencies are middle-of-the-road compared to competing parts.
Blue-painted heat spreaders increase surface area by way of ridges and fins to keep these CAS 8 modules cool and stable at 1.65 volts. We're again not sure about the decision to cover the spreaders with paint, but look forward to taking a closer look in the overclocking results.
SPD timings for DDR3-1066 are a little lower than those of most competitors, but DDR3-1333 automatic configuration values are absent. Users of XMP-capable motherboards can take these modules to rated 8-8-8-24 timings by altering a few BIOS settings, though the altered base-clock required to reach DDR3-2000 is probably best done through slightly-lengthier manual configuration.
Super Talent Chrome Series DDR3-2000 CAS 9
Super Talent kept its prices low in spite of limited availability, so the only way we could find its Chrome series WB200UX6G9 modules in stock was as $80 single-stick WB200UB2G9 packs. Several retailers with depleted stock still list the triple-channel kit with prices as low as $220, but we multiplied the single-stick price by three since that’s the only way to buy these today.
Top fins and plated finishes have become so popular among various brands that the only way Super Talent could make its product visually different is by combining those traits. The combination of good looks, high speed, and moderate pricing should appeal to multiple enthusiast segments.
Super Talent includes a DDR3-1333 SPD value plus Intel XMP for DDR3-1800 CAS 8. We believe the next higher XMP value is programmed as XMP-2000 but misread by our combination of non-XMP test motherboard and CPU-Z. Advanced users won’t need XMP to configure the product’s highest-rated DDR3-2000 CAS 9-9-9-28 settings, and getting there requires base clock alteration anyway.