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Memory: Patriot 4 GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit (PGS34G1600ELK)

Tom's Hardware's 2010 Gift Guide: Part 1, For System Builders
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By: Chris Angelini

Value is the tenet on which AMD’s current product lineup is built. How about a six-core CPU for under $200? If you can take advantage of all of that threading, then psh, yes please. We applied that same thinking to our choice for a budget-oriented gaming processor: AMD’s Phenom II X2 555, which sells for under $100, includes an unlocked clock multiplier, and bears the distinct potential of hosting two more viable execution cores. And while we don’t mind digging a little deeper for a motherboard with plenty of value-added functionality, there’s frankly little reason to sink big bucks on DDR3 memory with gobs of headroom. That’s why we were impressed when Patriot elected to send over an affordable DDR3-1600 kit made up of two 2 GB modules when we asked for its gift guide submission.

Performance-wise, you already know what to expect from an AMD-optimized memory kit. The Phenom II X2 555’s controller officially supports data rates of up to DDR3-1333, and the fact that we’re recommending a Black Edition processor means you have that unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking. In reality, there’s little reason to push obscene memory clocks, though. Nevertheless, Patriot facilitates a bit of headroom that you can either use to fine-tune your optimizations with subtle reference clock adjustments or tighten timings for better responsiveness. Patriot rates its kit for 9-9-9-24, but we’ve seen reports of enthusiasts pulling that down to 7-7-7 at 1333 MT/s.

Unlike a kit designed for Intel’s integrated memory controller, which would generally be limited to 1.65 V, this G-series kit is rated for up to 1.8 V on AMD’s hardier CPUs. Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to push higher voltages, but power users should at least have plenty of headroom to dial in the settings that work best for them. Patriot also makes it a point to flaunt its Black Edition-ready certification, simplifying overclocking via AMD’s OverDrive utility through identifiable and certified-stable profiles.

We’ve shown in past memory roundups that heat spreaders don’t necessarily translate to a better overclock. But the G-series’ black aluminum covers at least add a nice aesthetic element to this kit. The Patriot Gamer Series lineup sells for less than $90, leaving ample budget for a capable graphics card (arguably the component that’ll most define your gaming experience). These modules do what we need them to do at a reasonable price—it doesn’t get much better than that.

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    alexttlyrocks , December 8, 2010 4:09 AM
    I'm only reading this article to look at the chicks
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 8, 2010 4:56 AM
    Alternative title:
    Gift Guide Part 1, for Deep Pockets :) 
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  • 16 Hide
    alexttlyrocks , December 8, 2010 4:09 AM
    I'm only reading this article to look at the chicks
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    rohitbaran , December 8, 2010 4:15 AM
    ^ Keep reading!
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    dogman_1234 , December 8, 2010 4:47 AM
    Wait until SB and BD.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2010 4:47 AM
    Radeon 6870 girl ... someone forgot to photoshop her ^^
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 8, 2010 4:56 AM
    Alternative title:
    Gift Guide Part 1, for Deep Pockets :) 
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    squanto , December 8, 2010 4:59 AM
    scroll...picture....next...scroll..picture...
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    cangelini , December 8, 2010 5:28 AM
    LuckyDucky7Alternative title:Gift Guide Part 1, for Deep Pockets


    Phenom II for under $100? You must have those pockets that are sewn shut at the top, for decoration! =)
  • 5 Hide
    Bluescreendeath , December 8, 2010 6:01 AM
    girls > computer parts that we already know about
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    Silmarunya , December 8, 2010 7:53 AM
    Nice review, but I'd have liked to see advice for different budgets. For example, you could recommend a budget, mid range and high end product. For example, I'm currently in the market for a discrete sound card, but don't such an expensive one. On the other hand, I wouldn't be satisfied with a Phenom II X2. It's still a great article, mind you, but it'd have been nice to see some love for every end of the market.
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    Onus , December 8, 2010 11:40 AM
    ntrRadeon 6870 girl ... someone forgot to photoshop her ^^

    No, it's the taint that a Diamond product radiates. They're #2 on my personal "Do not buy" list, right after Belkin.
  • 0 Hide
    garyshome , December 8, 2010 11:47 AM
    The ps costs as much as the cpu and mb? So much for the budget.
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    sandmanwn , December 8, 2010 11:59 AM
    Quote:
    Ed: You'll have to pardon this little gem missing out on the gift guide photo shoot.

    Off with his head!!!
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    nevertell , December 8, 2010 12:26 PM
    The phenom II x2 555 is some of the BEST bang for the buck. I dropped it in my build, got a quad core running at 3,6 ghz for about 25 $ per core, and I didn't even have to disable any of the powersaving features or anything actually to get it working like this.
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    mi1ez , December 8, 2010 12:29 PM
    Why the hell does the US site work fine and the UK site have it'ss CSS in a twist?
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    tony singh , December 8, 2010 12:41 PM
    Some one gift me please....:) 
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    cknobman , December 8, 2010 1:10 PM
    I have no clue what products Toms is actually recommending here, too busy looking and the beautiful product modelers and not the actual products!!!
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    fausto , December 8, 2010 1:20 PM
    Toms needs to spend more money on the holiday Models department. seen much better chicks at Quakecon 2008. No offense to the ladies but some of you are not booth babe material
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    ta152h , December 8, 2010 1:24 PM
    Bluescreendeathgirls > computer parts that we already know about


    If you're that desperate to see pictures of girls, you're probably right; you must know computer parts better than girls.

    It's pretty sad when pictures of girls gets so much of a reaction. I swear if you get out of the house, you'll actually see them in real life. I'm not lying. You can even say "Hi" to them, and they'll probably even give you a response. I know it sounds far fetched, but I'm really confident about this, so just trust me.
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    ta152h , December 8, 2010 1:27 PM
    faustoToms needs to spend more money on the holiday Models department. seen much better chicks at Quakecon 2008. No offense to the ladies but some of you are not booth babe material


    The pathetic part is, how it's still getting these desperate guys worked up.

    Some of the pictures are just bad too, like the one with the Radeon.
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    accolite , December 8, 2010 1:50 PM
    TA152H, I'm not desperate... I'm married, but I enjoy a good looking woman more than looking at some hardware components after all we are guys! If you don't your probably a woman yourself or a homo!
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