The Patriot Sector 5 PC3-20000 kit is a very fast kit; it's a very very fast kit. The problem is that unless you really know what you're doing when it comes to getting down and dirty with the BIOS, you'll have trouble achieving these speeds. We're at a point now with speed that it's not just a matter of changing the memory divider; you really have to start getting into the base clock and for kits like this, we need a base clock in excess of 200.
At $319.99 it's not a cheap kit of RAM and you have to remember we're only dealing with a 4GB kit. It's not like some of the recent kits we've looked at that carry twice that amount. Performance is the name of the game here and we've got to say it plays that game very well.
It would've been nice to see some active cooling with the kit because we're dealing with a 1.7 voltage level, but the bottom line is we didn't need active cooling to get the kit up and running so we're not all that bummed about the lack of a cooling fan being included. It also means that because it's not included a few dollars can be saved on the overall kit. The good news is if you want a cooler you're able to buy one and while Patriot might not have one, other memory companies do that can be bought separately.
Patriot have produced a very fast kit here that people who have the need for speed are going to want and while the kit lacks some of the flair that we see from higher end kits, we're able to get the default clock speeds which is ultimately what we want.
While clearly not for everyone, if you're after a seriously fast kit then the Patriot PC3-20000 one is well worth checking out.
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