Viper Steel Gaming RAM by Patriot Memory Review

Viper Steel Gaming RAM Testing

Testing was completed with the following hardware:
– Custom built PC
– FSP CMT 510 Plus tempered glass case 
– ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4S
– AMD RYZEN 5 3600
– ASROCK Radeon RX 5500XT
– Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVME SSD
– Windows 10 operating system

Benchmarking was done with PerformanceTest software from PassMark. Overall, PerformanceTest ranked this RAM in the 64th
percentile. Memory read (uncached) tested at 14255 megabytes per second. Memory write performed at 11262 megabytes per second, while memory latency clocked in at 44ns.

Have you ever installed or upgraded something in your computer, turned it on, and didn’t get what you were expecting? Why won’t it turn on?  Well, it helps if the power supply is plugged in to the wall.  Why don’t I have a display?  Well, make sure the monitor cable is securely seated at both ends.  I’m that guy. Almost every time. I’ll forget something little. It was at this time that I wanted to collect memory timing information from my system BIOS and noticed that it was running at DDR4-2666. So, I changed it to DDR4-3200 and reran the tests.

Not surprisingly, the results improved.

This time, the RAM ranked in the 82nd percentile. Memory read (uncached) tested at 16518 megabytes per second. Memory write performed at 12763 megabytes per second, with memory latency being reduced at 38ns.
While these aren’t drastic improvements, it is more inline with the manufacturer specs.

After a few weeks of running this RAM, I began wondering if I could push it and overclock the RAM a little. Of course, my system was stable. I had no reason to try to overclock other than to see if it would be stable. The short answer: a resounding no. My system was completely unstable at any setting higher than DDR4-3200. I had a few boot loops, and eventually, I just cleared CMOS. If you’re a RAM overclocker, this RAM kit isn’t for you.

My daily uses are web browsing, streaming movies and music, writing these articles, photo editing via Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, video editing via DaVinci Resolve 17, and some light gaming. I usually play CS:GO, Doom (2016), and Team Fortress 2. My kids enjoy Minecraft and Genshin Impact. At the time of this writing, you can pick up the Patriot Viper Steel 64GB kit for $354.00 US. While I would consider that a premium, the performance is worth the price.
While it would be nice to get a little overclock performance out of this RAM, I personally don’t find it to be a necessity. This RAM is fast at stock timings. I would had also liked to see some RGB lighting. As nice of an improvement as it would be, function is ultimately, more important than aesthetics.
ProClockers would like to thank Patriot Memory for providing this sample for our review.
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