Patriot PDC32G1866LLK PC3-15000 2GB DDR3 Kit
Back at the beginning of the year, Patriot were kind enough to send us one of their Extreme Performance PC2-8500 kits for review. Managing an extremely respectable overclock and decent overall performance, the kit left with out Editors Choice award and an impressive 92% final score.
Today we're back again, but this time looking at one of Patriot's top-of-the-range DDR3 kits from their "Extreme Performance" lineup. Rated at DDR3-1866 and with reasonably tight timings (for DDR3) of 8-8-8-24, the PDC32G1866LLK modules certainly look the part and are in fact the fastest DDR3 kit out of the box that we've tested to date. However, before we get down and dirty with them, let's find out a little more about Patriot...
With their headquarters based in sunny California, Patriot has been producing high performance memory modules under their parent company PDP Systems for over 20 years. Sale of their modules is on a global scale with distributors throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. It would be fair to say that Patriot is better known by our overclocking buddies over in the USA, but with their reputation for performance building with every new product released, they are certainly making serious headway in the UK.
Founded in 1985, a member of JEDEC, PDP Systems has been a value-added global technology solutions provider. PDP manufacturers and distributes DDR2, DDR, SDRAM and Flash memories. PDP's services include worldwide OEM contract manufacturing and private label.
PDP's state-of-the-art Fremont, California, facility is composed of multiple production lines, and a highly skilled production staff. This gives PDP the ability and resources necessary to provide a full line of memory module solutions.
Considered by many as one of the top memory manufacturers in the market, Patriot certainly have a lot of fierce competition on their hands. By taking a quick browse of the specifications available on their website, we should be able to find out what attributes (if any) separate Patriot from the rest of the crowd.
• Extreme Performance PC3-15000 (1866MHz)
• Low Latency (8-8-8-24)
• Patriot Aluminum Bladed?Heat Shield Technology to improve module module stability
• 100% Tested and Verified
• Lifetime Warranty
• RoHS Compliant
• Tested and compatible with Intel P35 and X38 chipsets
• Voltage Setting: 1.9v
Patriot also state that they have tested the modules on both Intel P35 and X38 chipsets, which is certainly good news considering these are the two main DDR3 chipsets available on the market at the moment.
Normally at this point I'd pop off the heatspreaders and take some snaps of the IC's used on the modules. However, the heatspreaders appeared to be fixed to the modules with a strong adhesive that totally flawed my attempts to prize the modules apart. Based on Patriot's previous preference for Micron IC's I'd hazard a guess and say that this kit is based on D9GTR - but don't quote me on that.