Review: Viper Gaming Viper Steel 32GB PC4-3300 DDR4 SODIMM RAM

Viper Gaming Viper Steel 32GB PC4-3300 DDR4 SODIMM RAM Performance Conclusion

 

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned early in this review, I expected the single-channel Viper Steel 32GB RAM module to perform at a lower level than the factory Dell 16GB Dual-Channel configuration would. However, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised at how well it held it’s own during benchmark testing. While some benchmarks showed significant speed improvements between the dual and single-channel configurations, real-world usage for over a month and a half proved no noticeable difference in performance in day to day, non-taxing usage.

It’s important to note that benchmarks report sheer performance numbers, and for the most part, day-to-day usage is generally non-taxing on a system, and usually requires less than 1/10th of a system’s power. This means that major performance gains, or losses, are generally not noticed during these low-power tasks. Where you notice the difference is when gaming, rendering videos or using something like a 3D CAD program.

Early in this review, I mentioned that I have been using this laptop for a lot of CAD and CAM work, and one of the issues I was experiencing was very long processing times when generating complex tool-paths in a CAD/CAM program called Aspire by Vectric. While the benchmarks showed no significant increase in performance with the Viper Steel 32GB module, my issue with long processing times in Aspire completely went away.  For example, a CAM toolpath that previously took over 5-minutes to generate, and basically locked up the entire laptop now takes less than 1 minute, and the laptop remains fully functional.

Since that was my main goal for upgrading to 32GB of RAM,  I am happy with the performance increase when using Aspire. I am going to go ahead and order another 32Gb stick of the same ram just so that I can still use it to play games when traveling, or attending LAN parties. Once it arrives, I might update this review with the dual-channel 64GB performance numbers if there’s enough interest.

So would I recommend Patriot’s Viper Gaming, SODIMM Viper Steel Performance Memory to those looking to upgrade their gaming laptops aging DDR4? Yes, I would, but I have to recommend that you buy 2 sticks to maintain a dual-channel memory configuration. At just over $100.00 on Amazon per 32GB stick, it’s a pretty good deal too.

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