Patriot Viper II Sector 5 2000MHz 4GB Memory Kit Review

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Test Setup

Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PVV34G2000LLK Review
Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core i5 750

Motherboard

   ECS H55H-M

Memory

   Patriot Viper DDR3 4GB Kit

Video Card

Albatron GeForce 9600GT

Hard Drive

Western Digital 250GB

Cooling

Stock Intel Cooler

Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling 750

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

All tests were run using a clean install
of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit.  We used the latest
BIOS available at the time of testing, which was the H5M128A, dated
2/5/2010, and we used the WHQL 196.21 NVIDIA drivers for our 9600GT video
card.

The i5 CPU has a limitation of DDR3 1333, so even though we have DDR1600 in the BIOS, we cannot set it to that.

Since you cannot overclock CPU and DDR3 individually, we did our best to leave the CPU speed at a constant speed of 3.9GHz which was right at the max that this CPU/motherboard could overclock.  We the set our memory frequency in the BIOS to 1066MHz, which gave us a total DDR3 frequency of 1556MHz, and ran our benchmarks.  We then set the memory frequency in the BIOS to 1333, which after overclocking the CPU, gave us a totally DDR3 frequency of 1944MHz.  I wish we could have maxed the Patriot Viper Sector 5 DDR3 kit out to see how far we could overclock, but with the limitations of the CPU and the voltages allowed on the i5 for memory, we were very limited to the overclocking aspect, and had to look at this kit as more of a review to the extra bandwidth and its advantages.

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