System Overview & Testing
One of the biggest thing with the 4400 MHz kit specifically is finding a motherboard that will actually run the memory at that speed. We actually tried a few before we got it to run on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero. With that our test system is made up of the following components.
Processors: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Motherboard: ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Graphics: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-4400 16GB
Storage: Crucial MX 300 750GB
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12A
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i
Case: PrimoChill Praxis WetBench
Taking a look at CPU-Z we can see that the memory is running at its XMP speed of 4400 MHz, but we did notice the timings were 20-19-19-39 instead of 19-19-19-39. We could not get the memory to run at 19-19-19-39 even if we manually entered the values in the BIOS. Interestingly enough we were able to get the memory to run at 18-19-19-39.
For testing we will run the memory at its stock or XMP profile settings using the below benchmarking software. You can run these benchmarks on your memory to see how it compares.
– SiSoftware Sandra Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
– SiSoftware Sandra Cache & Memory Latency Benchmark
– SiSoftware Cache Bandwidth Benchmark
– AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
– Cinebench R15 Multi-threaded test
– 3DMark Fire Strike Physics test
Now let’s get to testing!
To start things off we have SiSoftware’s Sandra. The first test is the Memory Bandwidth benchmark. Higher scores are better here.
Next we have Sandra’s Cache & Memory Latency benchmark that will measure the memory kits latency. Lower scores are better here.
Our final Sandra test is the Cache bandwidth test. Higher scores are better here.
AIDA64 has a built in Cache & Memory benchmark that measures read, write, copy and memory latency. For the read, write and copy higher scores are better, for latency lower scores are better.
So how does this DDR4 compare to other RGB modules we’ve tested lately?