Patriot's 12GB DDR3-1600 Viper Extreme Kit, What The Pros Use

If you're an enthusiast, there's a high likelihood you're enjoying the primary benefit of 64-bit computing, that being gobs of memory space to work or play with.  We do a bit of heavy lift around these parts, crunching video and the like, and at the end of the day it literally pays to have a lot of memory at our disposal.  Most times, heavy-duty multitasking isn't just a requirement, it's more like attention deficit disorder; yeah we probably need to seek help but what a way to go.  Regardless, 12GB systems are becoming commonplace in the lab now here at HH and with a triple-channel X58 setup, filling up all six of those memory slots with 2GB sticks just seems impractical and inefficient.  So, what's a good gear-head to do? Install three 4GB sticks of course.

Patriot Memory recently sent in their latest low latency Viper Extreme series offering and it's safe to say these should get the job done for just about any high-end build.  Sure, there are faster kits available (these are 1600MHz sticks we're working with) but we had a hankerin' for tighter latency timings.  For a 12GB kit, 8-9-8-24 isn't too shabby at a blistering 1.6GHz.

  • PC3-12800 (1600MHz) - 12GB, 3x4GB Tri-Channel
  • Low Latency (8-9-8-24)
  • Voltage: 1.65V
  • XMP Ready
  • Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield build around a copper core to provide improved cooling
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Tested on Intel® X58 chipset w/ Intel® Core i7 CPUs

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So far so good with initial testing of these bad boys and loading down six memory slots is no longer a requirement.  Not everyone needs this kind of system memory capacity but if you do, this is definitely a kit to consider.  NewEgg has them in stock now for $209 with a free 16GB USB Flash drive for a limited time.
realneil 3 years ago

My GSKill RipJaws Sticks are DDR3-1600 and have 9-9-9-24 timings.

Just how much 'real world' difference can you get performance wise with these sticks?

I've read that the differences are not worth paying a lot of extra money. I wonder if it's really worth it?

I checked NewEgg and they have sticks that have timings such as 6-8-6-24 for a cost of about 75 bucks for a 4GB, 2x2 set.

They're HERE.

I figure that you'd know the answer to this Dave.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

This is actually a good price for 1600MHz 12gb(3x4) Memory considering that the best performing 6gb (3x2) sticks are priced between $130 to $150.

Do remember that these are triple channel and meant for the x58 platform. Regular computer usage and gamers do not need that amount of ram, but are targeted at people like me who edit and render tons of HD videos , photoshop, use after effect and do heavy multitasking. The More memory the merrier, plus having 3x4gb sticks also leaves room to add  more memory in the future if needed on an x58 mobo.

If you already got 3x2gb sticks and need more , a wiser choice would be to go for another set of 3x2, but if you are building a new machine, these are worth considering.

Dave_HH 3 years ago

Versus your 9-9-9-24 timings, Neil, not that much if any upside performance. Save your money... with a triple channel kit it's even less noticeable because X58 and Core i7 already have gobs of memory bandwidth at DDR3-1333.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

Novice question.... I know for a fact that you can run dual channel DDR ram on x58, but the question is does the 3 slot rule for triple channel memory go into effect also when running dual channel memory? I mean can you actually only use two slots with two sticks of dual channel ddr3 ram and not cause conflict?

[quote user="realneil"]

I checked NewEgg and they have sticks that have timings such as 6-8-6-24 for a cost of about 75 bucks for a 4GB, 2x2 set.

They're HERE.

I figure that you'd know the answer to this Dave.


Ok, but 3 x 75.99= $227.99 (no 16gb Flash Drive) and they fill all the slots, plus they run in dual channel....novice question again, will they run @ those timings with all the slots filled and the processor overclocked heavily?( Edit:: I'm comparing the 12gb patriot memory to exact amount of the ram that you are describing which would be 6 sticks)



realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="SammyHayabuza"]plus they run in dual channel[/quote]

That's determined by the X58 Mainboard. If you run two sticks of it, it runs in dual channel mode. Add a third stick and the board automagically runs in tri-channel mode.

[quote user="SammyHayabuza"]will they run @ those timings with all the slots filled and the processor overclocked heavily?[/quote]

I have twelve 2GB sticks of this RipJaws RAM in three boxes, all of them are P55 chip-sets. So all four slots are filled on all three of the boards. All of the CPU's are OC'd to at least 3.8GHz, up from their stock speeds of 2.66GHz. or 2.93GHz. One of the i7-870's is at 4.1GHz.

So yeah, this RAM seems to run well in a system that's OC'd.

As for the timings, I use the RAM's Intel XMP Memory Profile within the BIOS setup to set the RAM up to the RAM Manufacturer's best tested settings. XMP is a lazy way to go because it's all automatic once you tell your BIOS to use it, but it's easy too. As far as I know, all newer GSKill RAM has the XMP feature embedded on the sticks. So the RAM that I linked to will work as expected too.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago


coolice 3 years ago

Yea, i've always wondered the same thing... i mean sure the RAM might perfom up to 5% more faster.... but 5% aint worth paying up to, sometimes as much as 1/4th more.

150$ as per Neil vs $209 as listed. I guess its like those people who really love cars. Every tiny detail makes a different and they love it.

Or with me and my love for speakers... my DIY was meh... i'm going to re-do the thing in the summer, and this time, its going to be attn. to detail

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