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Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1600MHz (2 x 2GBs) Kit Review – Conclusions

4.  Futuremark PCMark Vantage Professional 64-Bit Edition (Version 1.0.0.0)

PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows, offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.

A PCMark score is a measure of via a computers performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.

From desktops and laptops to workstations and gaming rigs, comparing PCMark Vantage scores with other similar systems allows detection of the hardware and software bottlenecks that hinder PC performance.

The overall PCMark results for the Intel system are 7175 marks, and 6038 marks for the AMD system respectively; however since this is a slightly older version and not entirely optimized for Windows 7 and Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPUs, the results are not exactly pinpoint accurate, but do give a good indication as to how different the two architectures perform, which overall provides a good basis for the memory tests above:

We can see that, as advertised, Patriots Division 2 Viper Xtreme kit truly is optimized excellently for Intels 6-Series Sandy Bridge processors. Coupled with XMP profiling, the results show that, on average, the Intel system has a 10-20% lead in performance. This is not saying that the AMD platform is lacking, but the ease of XMP really shows its worth here, as manual BIOS configuration of the memory modules can be difficult and time-consuming to optimize to ideal settings.

FINAL THOUGHTS AND CONCLUSION

I really was not expecting too much from this kit. To me it seemed as if Patriot had simply rebranded the Viper Xtreme line and added the Division 2 marker. After testing however, I am completely blown away. While the actual design of the modules resemble the normal Viper Xtreme units (not a bad thing), the Division 2 iteration is truly a cut above its predecessor.

Everything about this kit was simple; from the installation, to the benchmarks and stability tests, I did not run into a hitch using either test-bench. While I did not achieve the absolute correct configuration for the AMD system, for the Intel system, it was as simple as enabling XMP in the BIOS. A beginner should have no issues with this kit.

One other concept that really pulled through was the custom heatspreader design on each module. Even after stressing and overclock the sticks, both systems ran stable and cool the entire time, further reinforcing the excellent six gram copper core, fin-like design.

I tried my hardest to find a flaw with the Viper Xtreme Division 2 kit, but honestly there are no visible flaws that I can identify. At ~$60 CAD, there is absolutely no reason why you should not grab a pack or two.

Add all of this with Patriots award-winning customer support and lifetime warranty backing all of their products, and you have a true winner here. Dollar-for-dollar, you would be hard-pressed to find a better memory kit than this. Overall, it gets a perfect 10/10 score.

Pros:

–          Excellent Performance

–          Custom Heatsinks

–          Sturdy and Aggressive Design

–          Easily Modifiable

–          Lifetime Warranty

Cons:

–          None

The SSD Review would like to thank Patriot Memory for providing this Patriot Viper Xtreme Kit for review and this kit can be purchased here!

Pg1 – Introduction

Pg2 – Overview, AIDA64 & Everest

Pg3 – Sisoftware Sandra Pro

Pg4 – PCMark Vantage and Conclusions

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About Deepak Sharma

I am a big PC enthusiast, and avid gamer. If I'm not tinkering with parts, or reviewing products, you can be 100% certain I'll be on Steam playing something. I love learning about new tech, and teach myself as much as I can, so I can present it to every techie out there!
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