The contest to get the next “world’s fastest memory” out of the factory gates was already bordering on the ridiculous earlier this month, but it’s now taken a further step towards the inane with the release of Patriot’s new flagship overclocking sticks.
Patriot’s VP of engineering, Les Henry, claims that the new dual-channel 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR3 kit “takes the crown as World's Fastest Memory.” This is a crown that was briefly sitting on G.Skill’s head, when the company announced a kit that could be guaranteed to run at 2,500MHz, taking over the previous top clock speed of 2,400MHz.
So what clock speed has Patriot managed to hit? Well, don’t get your hopes up. Patriot hasn’t actually pushed the clock speed of its new Viper II Series Sector 5 Edition memory any further than G.Skill, so the top clock speed is still 2,500MHz.
In fact, the Patriot memory even has the same CL9 CAS latency of the G.Skill RAM. The only difference between the two kits is the cycle time (tRAS), which is 28 clock cycles on the G.Skill memory, but Patriot has managed to get this down to 27. The company claims that you can reach these settings with a voltage set somewhere between 1.65V and 1.7V.
That’s about as negligible a difference as you can get when you’re talking about memory, and we dare say you could probably get exactly the same settings out of the G.Skill memory without any complaints either, especially as G.Skill’s memory was guaranteed at 1.65V.
Nevertheless, with a lifetime-guaranteed 2,500MHz clock speed and latency timings of 9-11-9-27, Patriot now indeed has the “world’s fastest memory.”
The company claims that each DIMM is “individually hand tested and qualified in the Patriot lab at our headquarters in Fremont, CA,” and says that it’s targeted at extreme overclockers using Intel P55 motherboards and Core i7 CPUs.
Patriot hasn’t revealed which motherboards it’s used to test the settings, but it does claim that the modules have passed “a thorough qualification and screening process on multiple high-performance motherboards using the Intel P55 chipset platforms and Intel Core i7 CPUs to ensure performance at 2500MHz with latency timings of 9-11-9-27.”
In addition to the 2,500MHz 9-11-9-27 kit (part name PVV34G2500C9K), Patriot is also adding two further 4GB Series Sector 5 Edition kits. These have the same latency timings as the 2,500MHz kit, but will have clock speeds of 2,400MHz and 2,133MHz.