Value DDR3 For Intel's P55: Six 4GB Kits Rounded Up

Patriot And PNY

Patriot DDR3-1600 CAS 9

A long-time favorite among several editors for low-cost overclocking, Patriot Memory from PDP Systems was the only brand to offer DDR3-1600 within our price range at the time we placed our order. It has since climbed a few dollars, but remains affordable at $86.

Read Customer Reviews of Patriot's 4GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 Kit

Rated at the same 9-9-9-24 timings as most of this roundup’s DDR3-1333, Patriot’s part number PVS34G1600ELK DDR3-1600 kit is spec'd at a Core i5/Core i7 memory controller-busting 1.80V to reach its rated speed. Fortunately, we’re going to test it at far more reasonable settings.

Patriot uses the same SPD timings of 7-7-7 at DDR3-1066 as previously mentioned for OCZ, yet our hope is that these higher-rated modules might still yield greater speed in spite of our tighter voltage limitation.

PNY DDR3-1333 CAS 9

PNY has always provided us with solid, reliable memory at moderate prices and performance levels, yet the firm also produces a low-cost line that doesn’t get a lot of marketing attention. This low-cost roundup is a great opportunity to expose the capabilities of parts that many buyers may otherwise overlook.

Read Customer Reviews of PNY's 4GB DDR3-1333 Kit

Like many of its competitors, PNY puts heat spreaders on nearly every memory speed, even though these have little to no benefit at moderate speeds and voltage levels. Yet, we’re hoping these particular heat spreaders are attached well enough to provide some improvement when using our own custom-overclock settings.

This is the third memory set to be misreported by CPU-Z version 1.52.2, though that might be a software compatibility issue with our particular motherboard. The motherboard itself sets these properly to DDR3-1333 at 9-9-9-24 timings using the industry-standard 1.50V.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Onyx2291
    Very nice how Crucial edges out so slightly and is cheap.
  • El_Capitan
    I've been advocating that Crucial memory kit since time began.
  • presidenteody
    should i wait for the price to be cut in half in 6 months? I want it now for L4d2!
  • dirtmountain
    Would running these same kits work any differently in an AM3 system with it's ability to handle higher voltages?
  • NeatOman
    Why would you guys use memtest86+ v1.7? if "v4" or is out?
    Could you please provide information what memory chips are used in all RAMs. Thank you!
  • micky_lund
    looks good, especially for CAS9. spose it makes it better for OCing.
    pity it ain't available in Australia :S
  • jrharbort
    I've always insisted that Crucial DDR3 kits are an excellent value, and recommended them to friends for their amazing stability, overclockability, and price.

    These kits totally deserved the Tom's award for best hardware of '09.
  • mlcloud
    I've been buying OCZ for all my DDR2 needs (they were very cheap after rebates), but I think I know who to go to for DDR3 (and awesome power supplies)
  • coolkev99
    This is good info, but I wish they would develop some 3gb x 2 kits out there.