Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Edition 3600MHz Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅06-09-19
Thanks largely to the new Ryzen 3rd Gen. systems, we’re seeing an influx of faster memory. Where once the go-to was 3000-3200MHz, we predict we’ll see that shift closer to the 3600-3733MHz region. And that’s precisely where you’ll find the Viper 4 Blackout Edition, with its 3600MHz XMP frequency and 17-19-19-39 timings.

While it’s not topping the charts in raw data throughput, which you wouldn’t expect with 4000MHz and 4133MHz kits being included in our tests, it does perform much better in gaming and Cinebench.

The heatsinks aren’t there to look fancy, they’re designed to serve a purpose and dissipate heat away from the ICs and out of the case. The small fingers on the top of the heatsinks should help the modules to tap into airflow through the case better than some plainer designs. And of course, the lack of RGB lighting not only keeps the cost down but pacifies those who have grown to hate the rainbows flowing through everything these days.

Arriving at £109.99/$119.99 puts it right where we’d expect, and the lifetime warranty that it lands with also helps boost its position as a good RAM kit to purchase. Not to mention Patriot’s extensive tests with X570 and 3rd Gen. Ryzen processors for the best possible compatibility.

The Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Edition is produced by a well-established, reputable brand with a lifetime warranty, with the performance to match. It’s no looker but you won’t go far wrong with this RAM kit.

+ Good heatsinks with a sleek design
+ Right within AMD’s optimal performance window for their new CPUs
+ Lifetime warranty

- No RGB, if that’s your thing
- Not the tightest of timings

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