Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

Installation
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition 1100T
Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD65
Power: Antec High Current Gamer 750W

Installation is pretty easy, since it’s just a matter of popping in two sticks of RAM. Since we used this RAM on a new build we didn’t have any issues, at first, installing the RAM, but once we went to install our CPU cooler, the Thermaltake Jing, we had some issues.

Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

Pick your blame, either the heatspreaders on the RAM were too high, or the clearance on the Thermaltake Jing wasn’t enough. Either way, we had to move the RAM two slots over, thus disabling the Dual Channel feature that requires slots 0 and 1. We ended up just switching out the CPU cooler for another one, the Zalman CNPS9000 MAX and had no issues with the RAM.

Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

Testing
We used the following programs for testing:

AIDA64 (download)
– Cache & Memory Benchmark

SiSoftware Sandra 2011 (download)
– Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
– Memory Latency Benchmark
– Cache & Memory Benchmark

AMD OverDrive Benchmark (download)

We included AMD OverDrive in this review because this is not only an AMD based system, but also AMD Black Edition Ready RAM.

We first did our testing at the stock DDR3-1333 at 9-9-9-24, and then just simply overclocked the RAM in the BIOS (or alternatively inside of the AMD OverDrive) to DDR3-1600 at 9-11-11-29. I just simply raised the memory clock from 667MHz to 800MHz. You can see the memory related sections in AMD OverDrive below:

Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Patriot G Series AMD Black Edition DDR3-1333 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit

And the rest of our benchmarking results:

AIDA64 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 DDR3-1600 9-11-11-29
Read (MB/s) 8342 8931
Write (MB/s) 6935 6894
Copy (MB/s) 10322 11218

Sandra Memory Bandwidth DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 DDR3-1600 9-11-11-29
Performance(GB/s) 11.44 12
Int (GB/s) 11.45 12
Float (GB/s) 11.42 12

Sandra Memory Latency DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 DDR3-1600 9-11-11-29
Memory Latency (ns) 90.6 83.9
Speed Factor 103.5 95.5

Sandra Cache & Memory DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 DDR3-1600 9-11-11-29
Bandwidth (GB/s) 74.56 77.55
Speed Factor 55.8 51.60

AMD OverDrive Benchmark DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 DDR3-1600 9-11-11-29
Integer Computation 26160 26520
Floating Point Computation 4169 4221
Memory Speed 1960 2840
Cache Speed 15750 15740
System Performance 8556 8731

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