Well this is definitely the best performing memory what we’ve ever tested, but that is expected as it is also the fastest memory that we’ve tested. At 4400 MHz it definitely sits at the top-end of DDR4 memory capable of hitting that speed out of the box. While that speed is impressive you are going to need a motherboard that will actually run memory at that speed. In our case none of the Intel boards we had on hand would run the memory at that speed, so we had to go the AMD route with the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero. This is not the biggest deal as you can get this memory in frequencies as low as 3000 MHz.
One thing that is really appealing about this memory is that it has absolutely no lighting at all. We live in the world of RGB, but it is good to see high performance memory that does not have RGB lighting. Many people are not about the RGB craze and having a high performance non-RGB option is great. The gunmetal heatspreaders, diamond-cut Viper Gaming logo, and black top piece really make this memory some of the best-looking memory we’ve seen from Patriot and the color-scheme makes it easy to match with many different motherboards etc.
You might have noticed we really did not do any overclocking with this kit. We actually were able to get it to boot at 4466 MHz, but it was actually unstable. A small boost of 66 MHz is really not going to make a big difference either, but it does show that Patriot has really maxed these modules out at 4400 MHz.
I think if you are looking for non-RGB high performance memory Patriot’s Viper Steel is a great choice and is going to look great in any build. Right now the 4400 MHz kit we reviewed today is selling at our favorite online retailer for $139.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-4400 16GB Memory Kit a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Some of the fastest memory out of the box you can get
– Sleek overall design
– No RGB lighting
– Lifetime warranty
– You’ll need a high-end motherboard to run the kit at 4400 MHz
– Not much overclocking headroom after 4400 MHz