Patriot Viper Elite 16GB, DDR4-3200 C16 Dual-Channel Kit Review

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Benchmark Results And Final Analysis

Photos are the best way to get the attention of a casual observer, but experienced builders will want to jump straight to the data so we’ll lead with a table. We’ve selected a group of benchmarks that are somewhat sensitive to bandwidth, latency, or both. Large performance differences are typically limited to vastly different DRAM types, so we’ll look a little more closely at small differences. Note that the 1.35V used in this assessment is measured voltage and occurs at the motherboard’s 1.330V firmware setting.

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Lowest Stable Timings at 1.35V (Max) on Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 (BIOS F5i)
Row 0 - Cell 0 Patriot Viper Elite 16GB PVE416G320C6KGYG.Skill Trident Z 32GB F4-3000C15D-32GTZPatriot Viper 4 16GB PV416G340C6KG.Skill Trident Z 8GB F4-4000C19D-8GTZ
DDR4-320015-15-15-30 (1T)15-15-15-30 (1T)16-16-16-32 (1T)15-15-15-30 (1T)
DDR4-266612-12-12-28 (1T)13-13-13-28 (1T)13-13-13-28 (1T)13-13-13-28 (1T)
DDR4-213310-10-10-28 (1T)11-11-11-28 (1T)11-11-11-28 (1T)10-11-11-28 (1T)

Patriot Viper Elite takes the lead in lowest stable timings, but only at lower-than-rated data rates. Its best timings match two of three dual-channel contenders at its rated DDR4-3200.

Viper Elite model PVE416G320C6KGY appears focused on enhanced overall timings, so we shouldn’t be surprised to find relatively modest overclocking potential. Overclockers who spend all day experimenting with secondary and tertiary timings will likely achieve better results.

At DDR4-3200 CAS 15 optimized values, Viper Elite surpasses the bandwidth of Patriot’s own DDR4-3400.

Better achievable timings set Viper Elite PVE416G320C6KGY slightly ahead of comparison parts in Sandra Latency.

Grid 2 is sensitive to memory performance, but those differences usually show up at far lower settings (for either the memory or the game). Unfortunately, those lower settings aren’t applicable to the memory’s target market.

Viper Elite falls slightly behind the competition in Battlefield 4, though differences this small can’t be distinguished in game play.

3ds Max shows the low capacity G.Skill kit with the best completion time, though most serious users will want far more capacity. Viper Elite matches the other samples at data rates above DDR4-2133.

Viper Elite performance is also par in WinRAR.

Patriots Viper 4 DDR4-3400 was slightly cheaper than its Viper Elite DDR4-3200, so it leads the chart in a cost to performance comparison. This is mostly an entertainment chart however, since we’re looking at varying capacities.

When we compare the previous cost-to-performance score to each kit’s capacity, we see clear leadership for G.Skill’s lower-frequency 32GB kit. That means buyers who need 32GB will find better value by starting out with a pair of 16GB modules. Builders who believe that they’ll never need more than 16GB in a specific machine will still save money with the 16GB Viper Elite or Viper 4 sets.

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Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • ssdpro
    3200 C16? That is pretty underwhelming when there are C14 kits out there.
  • avatar_raq
    Green PCB?
  • Crashman
    18367930 said:
    3200 C16? That is pretty underwhelming when there are C14 kits out there.
    It's supposed to be a middle step.

    18367936 said:
    Green PCB?
    Black I think, but then again it's so dark...

  • Sabishii Hito
    I love how almost all reviews of this kit are single-Rank kits with the highly-overclockable Samsung K4A8G085WB chips and black, presumably 8 or 10 layer PCBs. I tried two retail kits and both were dual-rank with puke green JEDEC Samsung PCBs and K4A4G085WD ICs.