PDP Systems Company that owns the Patriot trade mark usually tries to make its products popular among computer enthusiasts by making them a perfect combination of price and features. The Patriot PVS34G1600LLK kit we got for our tests is an excellent example of how this strategy works.
However, the first thing that will win your heart when you see Patriot PVS34G1600LLK will be their unusual exterior. Unlike other manufacturers’ solutions, these modules ship in a bright cardboard box with the modules sitting in clear blister packs inside.
The modules are also not that common: they look pretty similar to Corsair solutions due to their comb-shaped heat-spreaders. However, you shouldn’t accuse Patriot of copycatting: their heat-spreaders are of completely different design. Although they feature similar comb-like shape, Patriot modules have two plates instead of four. Besides, patriot heat-spreaders are not solid aluminum. The surface contacting the chips has a thin layer of copper that improves heat distribution over the entire heat-spreader surface. Besides, assembled Patriot DIMMs are shorter than Corsair ones, so they will most likely fit into any system configuration.
Patriot PVS34G1600LLK modules cannot boast remarkable characteristics, they are more on the mainstream side:
- 2 DDR3 SDRAM modules, 2GB each;
- Frequency: 1600MHz;
- CAS Latency – 7, timings configuration: 7-7-7-18;
- Voltage: 1.9V.
By raising the voltage setting to 1.9V the developers guarantee that their memory will work with 7-7-7-18 timings, but nothing more than that. Setting RAS# to CAS# and RAS# Precharge below 7 cycles is not mentioned anywhere: this is why Patriot memory modules are being offered at such attractive price point.
And although we managed to get Patriot PVS34G1600LLK kit to work stably at 1600MHz frequency with 7-6-6-18 timings, it couldn’t compete against more expensive DDR3-1600 SDRAM modules from OCZ or Mushkin in maximum frequencies.
The parameters Patriot engineers wrote into the modules SPD, are a perfect example of how it should be done:
There are two standard parameters sets the ensure Patriot PVS34G1600LLK compatibility with a wide range of mainboards. There is also an XMP profile with timings for DDR3-1600 mode.