Patriot Sector 5 DDR3-1333 CAS 9
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.
However my next build has almost been conceptualized (waiting for certain parts and prices), so DDR3 here I come.
Yeh, ouch, but can you imagine paying $800 for it last summer? Newegg still has one of those super-expensive kits.
Tom's Hardware has recently been getting very similar overclocking and timing results between AMD and Intel systems when using the same modules and DIMM voltage. That's why the high-end system for the last two System Builder Marathons used the same RAM both times.
Granted, however, it is server ECC memory, and was never designed to be in a desktop. (Would love a 2P rig running dual 4GHz sexacore Gulftowns with HT, with 9 DIMM's per socket, running (18 DIMMs x 16GB/DIMM) 288GB of RAM.)