Packaging and Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Edition
To protect the memory in its travels, Patriot opts for a cardboard box over plastic clamshell internal packaging. The front of which is blue with white trim, and under the Viper name is a cutout to see the Blackout Edition RAM inside. On the left side, we see the density and speed on the sticker, the name of the kit, the name of the manufacturer, and a few notations to its AMD and Intel compatibility.
The back matches the look and style of the front, but this time, things start with claims of excellent performance, superior thermal protection, best-in-class stability, rock-solid reliability, and a couple of other things, which is then repeated in nine different languages. The bottom third is used for things like warranty coverage, compliances, company addresses, all the ways to connect with Patriot over the internet, and lastly, is the sticker with the model of the memory, at the bottom-right corner.
Inside of the box, not only do you find the Blackout Edition memory, but Patriot also includes stickers. Not only are these good for the back of a laptop, but a window or mirror in the room, or pasting it on a case, anywhere is an excellent place to display your pride in your purchase. It also helps Patriot with a bit of free advertising.
Back to the Blackout Edition Viper 4 memory! As described, we see the use of black PCBs, which then have black aluminum sides, and even the removable top section is black as well! There is a bit of gray on this side of the heat spreaders as the lines go from left to right, leaving the VIPER exposed where the lines do not continue through.
On the other side of these sticks, looking around the sticker, we see they originally were identical to what we saw on the other side. Placement of the product sticker covers the VIPER name but is on the correct side as to not be seen when in use, and it displays a lot of what you may need to know. The part number starts things off, followed by the beginning of the model number when compared to the packaging. We also see the density, speed, CAS latency, as well as the voltage, but no full XMP 2.0 profile description.
Our first look at the top of each stick has us looking at two rows of fifteen fins, which do not extend all the way to the ends. We see that near the ends, the metal is smoothed out, allowing a spot for the screws to secure the tops to the rest of the heat spreaders. If height is an issue in your build, these fins can be removed to lower the overall height to 33.6mm while keeping the black theme going.
When possible, removing the heat spreaders and risking damage is avoided, opting to read the SPD profile with Thaiphoon Burner instead. What we find in the screen capture is that Patriot uses down binned 2133P ICs and pushes them to 3600MHz. As for the ICs used, they are Hynix H5AN8G8NCJR-FTC "C-die" that uses 17-19-19-39 timings and 1.35V to operate correctly. The command rate is not shown as is dependent on the system used.
Installed on the Crosshair VIII HERO Wi-Fi motherboard, the Patriot Blackout Edition looks even better than it does on the white backdrop in earlier images. While the whole idea is to blend in with all of the other black components, they do precisely that. While we do like the bling of RGB goodness, when it comes to non-RGB options, most are flat and boring up top, and we can appreciate the fins, not only for a way to grab airflow from the chassis but also for the style they bring to the table.
On the X299 OCF from ASRock, we have to slot the DIMMs right next to each other. All of the things we mentioned for the AMD motherboard apply here as well, but we have to admit, these sticks look better the closer to each other they are placed. It looks good enough almost to make us want to get another set to populate the AMD system to achieve this same look.