While the Viper Xtreme hasn't always been the most "Extreme" when it comes to speed, Patriot has always brought an excellent quality kit to the table. I continue to feel that the heatsink Patriot use is one of the highest quality on the market. Let's see if the latest Viper Xtreme kit fits the mould we're used to seeing from Patriot.
Looking at the Viper Xtreme kit we can see the same heatsink design that we're used to seeing with the copper strip in the middle. The quality of the heatsink as always is amazing and each module has real weight to it thanks to the type of material used. The issue is that instantly against the black heatsink you see the ugly looking green PCB. It would've been really nice to see Patriot opt for a black PCB instead of green.
Patriot told us that we should hopefully be able to get 2600MHz DDR out of the kit so that was our starting point. Considering it's the next divider jump after 2400MHz DDR, it was easy to change to that setting. Straight away our machine booted and we ended up in Windows with no problem.
With that working we headed back into the BIOS and tried the 2666MHz DDR divider and while we could boot, our system was unstable in Windows. Back in the BIOS again we moved to the 2600MHz DDR divider and then started to mess around with the BCLK a little.
We ended up in Windows at 2631MHz DDR with no issue using the default 11-11-11-30-3T timings. Since it was working well we headed again back to the BIOS where we moved to a 1T Command Rate and that also operated without a hitch. Finally we thought we'd try our luck at a slightly more aggressive timing setup and we ended up at 10-11-11-30-1T.