It is nice to see a successor to the original Viper Elite memory from Patriot. The upgrades are notable, better speeds and timings, a new heatspreader design, and of course they changed the PCB from green to black! Starting off with speed the kit we reviewed ran at 4000 MHz with timings of 20-26-26-46 at 1.4V. While 4000 MHz is definitely fast, it is not the fastest kit out there. Patriot’s own Viper Steel and Viper 4 Blackout kits are available in speeds all the way up to 4400 MHz. On top of that the timings aren’t the best.
Luckily you can easily adjust these to get a nice performance boost. Running at CAS 17 or CAS 18 is definitely achievable with this kit at 4000 MHz. We were actually able to overclock this kit to 4266 MHz with timings of 19-26-26-46 at 1.4V. So you do have a good bit of wiggle room with this kit not only in terms of speed but timings as well.
The one thing I was disappointed about with this kit is the sticker placement. It is on the side of the memory that faces out from your motherboard, which is really odd. Hopefully Patriot can address this.
Right now the 32GB (2x16GB) 4000 MHz kit we reviewed today is selling at our favorite online retailer for $159.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Viper Elite II DDR4-4000 32GB Memory Kit an 8 out of 10 score.
– Sleek heatspreader design
– Changed the PCB from green to black!
– Available in a range of capacities and speeds
– 2 available XMP profiles
– A good amount of wiggle room in terms of speed and timings
– XMP profile timings are very relaxed
– Sticker on the wrong side of the modules