Patriot Viper Series DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 XMP Ready Triple Channel Memory Kit
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-22-2009
Provided by: Patriot Memory

As someone who was born in the 1950s, grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, and spent pretty much all of my life around electronics technology, I've seen a lot of changes. My dad is an amateur radio (“ham radio”) operator and has been for nearly all of my life, and most of his friends over the years have been either electronic techs or people into cutting edge electronic technology. Besides the significant amount of knowledge of electronics theory required for amateur radio licenses, my dad was always interested in electronics, even as a kid, so I've always been exposed to electronics tech. Of course this rubbed off on me, as I dabbled in my own electronics projects as a kid, and took computer courses while I was in college in the mid-1970s.

One change I have seen in my lifetime is the near-total disappearance of electronics components manufacturers from the United States. I remember helping my dad at a “hamfest” (convention-styled gathering of amateur radio operators and vendors) in 1976. There were company reps there from a manufacturer of ham radios that were the only brand still manufactured in the US; by this time nearly all manufacturing of electronics components had already left American shores. It was the first of countless times I saw the slogan: “Buy American-The Job You Save May Be Your Own.”

Now don't get me wrong… I'm not an isolationist, and I have no problem whatsoever buying products designed and manufactured outside of the US. I just find it very sad that US government regulations and taxes, among many other factors, have driven many entire industries, especially the electronics industry, from our shores. We are paying for that in the current economic crisis.

Though they have been around since 1985, I have never owned any Patriot Memory products before now. My memory purchases have been from the “household name” companies, as have most of yours. I always enjoy reviewing products from brands I have never owned before, and was delighted when I was asked to review a Patriot memory kit.

While I was taking photos for this review, I noticed a real shock:

Yes, Patriot products are manufactured in the good ol' US of A, in Fremont, CA. It gives me a warm feeling inside just thinking about it.

Today I will be looking Patriot's Viper Series DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 triple channel memory kit. It is designed for the i7, and supports Intel XMP. Of course it does all of this at the i7's required Vdimm of 1.65v. Will the Patriot memory kit do us proud? Read on to see!


Series: Viper Series
Model Number: PVT36G1600LLK
Module Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, unbuffered, non-ECC
Capacity: 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Multi-channel: Triple Channel
Speed: DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CAS Latency: 8
Timings: 8-8-8-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Warranty: Lifetime Limited, parts and labor
XMP Ready
Designed for use with Core i7

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