Patriot Viper 3 Black Mamba 2x4GB DDR3-1866 CL9 1.5V Review

Published by Sam on 22.07.13
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Even though Patriot are absent in the high-end part of the memory market, they are definitely no strangers to our test lab. Since the last summer, we have met four times and not once did their products fail to deliver. To see if this tradition can stand against another challenge, today we are going to proceed with our coverage of the recent Viper 3 lineup.

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Having previously tested the 2133C11 and 2400C10 models, we are going to step things down and make a visit to the third and last of Viper 3 variations with rated frequency above DDR3-1600.

Manufacturer Patriot
Series Viper 3 Black Mamba
Part Number PV38G186C9K
Type DDR3
Capacity 8 GB (2 x 4GB)
Frequency 933 MHz (DDR3-1866)
Timings 9-10-9-27
VDIMM 1.5 Volt
Registred/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Cooling Passive Heatspreader
Waranty Lifetime warranty
Package Type Boxed

In its current shape, Patriot’s Viper 3 memory lineup is partitioned into three subsets – Black Mamba, Intel Extreme Masters and Venom Red, uniqueness of which lies only in the colour of heatsinks in use. Therefore, our results hold not only for Black Mamba but also for 1866C9-rated Masters and Venom 2x4 GB kits as well.
Speaking of the specs, DDR3-1866 at 9-10-9 is nowhere near the top standards of the day so there are plenty of good and bad OEM candidates for the 1866C9 models to be based on. However, our previous experience shows that Patriot don’t seem to be too fond of such manufacturers as Micron, Nanya or Samsung, which leaves Hynix as most likely option.
Whether Hynix is the choice this time as well, we will find out on the next page of this article.

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Closer Look
Page 3 - Photo Gallery
Page 4 - Results
Page 5 - Conclusion

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