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Patriot Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB (2 X 8GB) Memory Kit Review


Patriot pushes forward with its gamer-and-enthusiast-centric memory kit offerings under the Viper product line. Patriot's Viper product line takes pride not only in performance but also in aesthetics.

With offerings for those who want great performance coupled with a sharp and sleek design, and for those gamers who seek unity in RGB, but still focus on performance, the Patriot Viper line squeezes into the gaps of the budget-friendly segment of the high-speed, flashy memory kits market.

On the spotlight this time, Patriot's offering to the performance-centric market, the Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB (2X8GB) memory kit. It's fast and would perfectly blend in any color scheme.

Design and Build Quality:

As its name suggests, the Viper Steel memory kits extract its design DNA from the Viper snake. Without even looking at the viper face planted on each side of the memory kit, one would be able to determine that the design is derived from the menacing viper snake.

The Viper Steel's brushed aluminum heatsinks are fashioned with viper-esque details complete with a jagged plastic bar, which is comparable to the scales of a Bush Viper (probably the design idea origin), on top. The brushed aluminum complements its sturdy black PCB very well. It features a single rank module populated with SK Hynix chips.

It's an aggressive-looking memory kit that stands about 44mm. Slapping it to any build that follows a neutral, dark, or even vibrant color schemes would give no design flaw. However, its height would be a reason to shy away when you're into SFF systems and, or into beefy air coolers.

Gaming and Synthetic Benchmarks:


TEST SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
PROCESSORRyzen 7 1700X
MOTHERBOARDASUS ROG Crosshair VI 
COOLERAMD Wraith Spire
MEMORYPatriot Viper Steel DDR4 @ 3200MHz 2x8GB
GRAPHICSRadeon RX 570
STORAGE Seagate FireCuda 2TB | Seagate Barracuda 8TB
CASECorsair Carbide Spec-05
POWERThermaltake Smart Series 700W
DISPLAYAOPEN 27ML1U
OSMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro

CPU and Memory Performance:
  • Aida64 Extreme Edition
  • wPrime - 32M and 1024M 
  • Super PI  - 32M
Game Tests:
  • Battlefield 4 | Ultra Settings | V-sync OFF
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake | Ultra Settings | V-sync OFF
  • Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | Ultra Settings | V-sync OFF | Nvidia Hairworks OFF
Running at 3200MHz with a 16-18-18-36 timing via XMP2.0 settings fed with 1.35v, the Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB memory kit logged a 46681MB/s on Aida64 Extreme's Memory Read benchmark, while clocking in a 44597MB/s on the Memory Write benchmark. On Memory Copy and Memory Latency benchmark, the Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB memory kit clocked in at 39681MB/s and 82.4ns respectively.

With the same configuration, the Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB memory kit was able to finish the 32M calculation of Super PI benchmark in 11-minutes and 24-seconds, while it breezed through wPrime's 32M calculation clocking in at 10.733 seconds, and 329.926 seconds on the 1024M calculation.

Game Tests:

Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Battlefield IV

What we think:

Patriot made a great product in the form of the Viper Steel series. It comes in different speed variations, which is expected since it has been the norms in the market. But, what separates Patriot's Viper Steel series, specifically its 3200MHz 16GB memory kit, is that it's faster than the other 3200MHz 16GB memory kits we've tested, and it comes with a budget-friendly price tag.

Its design is an easy fit in any themed build. Its build quality is comparable to pricier offerings. However, its height would be a problem for those who use large CPU air-coolers and for those who are eyeing to build an SFF system. Other than that, the Patriot Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB memory kit is something you should look at when you're aiming for a much responsive and fast computing experience that would last for a long while.

The Patriot Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB memory kit is available at all PCHub stores for only PHP 5,000, or around $79.99 USD at Amazon.

With that, we give the Patriot Viper Steel 3200MHz 16GB our Editor's Choice award! It's a worthy addition to any systems that pivot on speed.

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