Almost every piece of modern computer hardware has RGB lighting. Especially the memory market is full of flashy memory kits, and it is increasingly difficult to find a normal kit. Fortunately for “purists”, Patriot recently launched the Viper Elite II series, which is the follow-up to the brand’s Viper Elite series. Viper Elite II is not only designed to ensure a place on our list Best memory, But the series also hopes to attract consumers who still value old-fashioned designs without any flashy.
Viper Elite II memory modules use aluminum heat sinks with black and red themes. The radiator feels a little light in the hand, but it should perform its duties without any problems. The memory modules are 35 mm (1.38 inches) tall, so they are only slightly taller than standard memory modules without a heat sink.
The RGB lighting on Viper Elite II is zero, so it relies on radical design to stand out from the competition. Patriot has implanted Viper logos on both sides of the radiator and on the top of the radiator.
Viper Elite II uses a black eight-layer PCB. Each memory module is 16GB and adopts a dual-rank design. The memory module uses Hynix integrated circuit (IC), although Thaiphoon Burner has not been able to determine the exact model. The IC reads as H5AN8G8N? FR-VKC.
The default data rate and timing of Viper Elite II are DDR4-2666 and 19-19-19-43, respectively. Viper Elite supports XMP 2.0 and provides two different configuration files. The main profile corresponds to DDR4-4000 with 20-26-26-46 timing, and the secondary profile corresponds to DDR4-3600 with the same timing. The former pulls 1.4V, while the latter uses 1.35V.For more information on timing and frequency considerations, please refer to our Computer memory 101 Function, and our How to buy memory story.
|Memory kit||Part Number||capacity||Data rate||Main time||Voltage||Warranty|
|GeIL Orion AMD Edition||GAOR432GB4266C18ADC||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4266 (XMP)||18-24-24-44 (2T)||1.45 volts||life|
|G.Skill Trident Z Royal||F4-4000C17D-32GTRGB||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||17-18-18-38 (2T)||1.40 volts||life|
|Crucial Ballistix Max RGB||BLM2K16G40C18U4BL||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||18-19-19-39 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Patriot Viper Elite II||PVE2432G400C0K||2 x 16GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||20-26-26-46 (2T)||1.40 volts||life|
|G.Skill Trident Z Neo||F4-3600C16D-32GTZN||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||16-16-16-36 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Mushkin Redline Lumina||MLA4C360GKKP16GX2||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||16-19-19-39 (2T)||1.40 volts||life|
|Klevv bolt XR||KD4AGU880-36A180C||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Silicon Power Xpower Zenith RGB||SP032GXLZU360BDD||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Lexar Hades||LD4BU016G-R3600UDLH||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
|Patriot Viper Steel RGB||PVSR432G360C0K||2 x 16GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||20-26-26-46 (2T)||1.35 Volts||life|
Intel system adopts Intel Core i9-10900K with ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex, Run on 0901 firmware.On the other hand, AMD systems are AMD Ryzen 9 5900X with ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark HeroThe latter is on the 3501 firmware.At the same time, MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio is responsible for the game RAM benchmark,
|Intel System||AMD system|
|processor||Intel Core i9-10900K||AMD Ryzen 9 5900X|
|motherboard||ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex||ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero|
|Graphics card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio|
|Store||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB|
|cool down||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro|
|power supply||Corsair RM650x 650W||Corsair RM650x 650W|
|case||Streaming BC1||Streaming BC1|
Viper Elite II is in the middle of our application performance chart. However, the memory kit ranks third in our game performance chart.It stood out in the Sandra 2020 memory bandwidth test and almost caught up Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 C17.
When we tested on the AMD platform, the memory suite’s status in the application benchmark did not change. However, it does move up a position in the game performance chart. Viper Elite II performed best in the Microsoft Office benchmark test, with a 26% gap with the slowest memory suite.
Overclocking and delay adjustment
It is impossible to squeeze additional frequencies from the Viper Elite II memory kit. We tried to use crazy DRAM voltage levels and relax the timing to the mid-1920s, but to no avail. We are sure that there is no margin for overclocking, but it may just be bad luck in the silicon lottery. As with overclocking, your mileage may vary.
Lowest stable timing
|Memory kit||DDR4-4000 (1.45V)||DDR4-4133 (1.50V)||DDR4-4200 (1.45V)|
|Crucial Ballistix Max RGB DDR4-4000 C18||16-19-19-39 (2T)||not applicable||20-20-20-40 (2 tons)|
|G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 C17||15-16-16-36 (2T)||18-19-19-39 (2T)||not applicable|
|Patriot Viper Elite II DDR4-4000 C20||18-25-25-45 (2T)||not applicable||not applicable|
We have better luck tightening the main time of Viper Elite II on DDR4-4000. A small voltage increase to 1.45V is enough to reduce the time from 20-26-26-46 to 18-25-25-45. However, these are critical values because the memory package will not be reduced.
Viper Elite II DDR4-4000 C20 has an attractive design and an acceptable price tag, but the performance is average. Our tests have shown that the loose time of the memory kit does not allow it to stand out in any meaningful way. Considering that DDR4-4000 is at the bottom of the DDR4-4000 category, CL20’s DDR4-4000 is difficult to accept.
The current retail price of Patriot’s memory kit is USD 195.99For DDR4-4000 memory kits, this is not the worst pricing on the market, but it is more expensive, especially considering that RGB tax should not be levied. There are more compelling options in the Viper Elite II series, but this DDR4-4000 C20 memory kit simply cannot provide the best price/performance ratio.