Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Patriot and their Viper Series of memory have kept us busy over the years. Not only did we have some of these kits back in our DDR2 and DDR3 motherboard usage, but it seems that every time they come up with something new, they are not shy about reaching out to us for a review. Most of you are aware of what the Patriot Viper 4 Series of memory offers, with the red and black color scheme, use of a lower profile than many others so that they may fit where others cannot, and while there have been some one-off models here and there, such as the Viper RGB or the Steel kits, where looks were changed quite a bit, what you are about to see has a similar aesthetic to the rest of the kits that have paved the way for Patriot.
You may be asking, if they are so reminiscent of other kits we have tested, why are we here then? That is a good question, and we would answer that while other Patriot Viper kits are a thorn in the side of the RGB all-the-things movement, and not just that, Patriot goes one step further, by murdering-out these new offerings! By that, we mean that every aspect of this DDR4 is black. The PCB, the heat spreaders, the name, everything but the product sticker is black! For those that are anti-RGB, selections are slim, and it always helps to have another option out there that is guaranteed to blend into a build, without causing issues with CPU coolers or any software incompatibility that could come up with RGB illuminated sticks!
Aptly named, the Viper 4 Blackout Edition is what we are here to look at now. Where it used to be that kits were XMP certified, with the release of the new AMD processors, many companies are ensuring they have new memory that works just as well with DOCP as it does with XMP. Of course, the aesthetic reminds us of kits from the past, but blacking them out takes away many of the fancy features and height that can cause you to pass on them when looking for RAM to fit a new build, or even a pre-existing build! With a good track record, we do not expect any issues on either side of the fence when it comes to testing, but like any other product, we will be going over it with a fine-toothed comb, torturing and testing it, to see if Patriot and their newest Blackout Edition DDR4 is worthy of your attention.
On the product page, there is a link to a PDF where we borrowed the chart from, and in it, is almost everything you would need to know. On the left side, we find the PVB416G360C7K model number, which is followed by Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3600MHz kit. Scrolling further down, the only things that matter to the customer is that there is a limited lifetime warranty covering these sets of memory and that the packaging and RAM weigh in at 105 grams. The rest of that side of the chart is for those buying in mass, like e-tailers and resellers. If 3600MHz is not your jam, there are other options. You can get 8GB kits in speeds of 3000 and 3200MHz, while the 16GB kits cover 3000, 3200, 3600, and even 4000MHz kits. Of course, with various timings and voltage requirements.
On the right side of it, we see a list of features. In it, Patriot mentions things like the Viper 4 Blackout series name, and that they come with black sides and black tops. Compatibility is tested on the latest motherboards from AMD and Intel, and while they show only XMP 2.0 certification, we had no issues with DOCP. We also see that the heat spreaders are made of aluminum for faster dissipation of heat, and again, the warranty is mentioned.
Under the heading of specifications, we start to see things like the density of the kit, as well as the base frequency and timings of the kit when XMP or DOCP is not active. When they are active, this kit is said to run at 3600MHz with 17-19-19-39 timings, while requiring 1.35 VDIMM to do so. The one thing that can matter is the height of the kit, and while not listed, we took out our digital calipers and found them to be 41mm tall.
The last thing that can be a deal-breaker is the cost, and with the Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Edition DDR4, we assure you it is not the case. Up against all other 16GB kits of 3600MHz memory using CAS17 timings, these are more affordable than anything else we see listed currently! Ripjaws, Vengeance LPX, or anything without RGB LEDs, Patriot has undercut. At just $79.99 from Amazon, to hit the sweet spot of both AMD and Intel rig usability, it appears to be the perfect solution for anyone in need of speedy memory, and especially for those who are not fans of RGB LEDs, they need not look any further. Patriot has what you need, but how good does it look, and can it perform, both of which we are about to answer!