Test Setup and Overclocking
In testing the Patriot Viper 4 DDR4-2800 16GB dual channel memory kit, I am using a Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake processor. Below are the rest of the specifications of the test system.
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 DDR4-2800 16GB
Graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition
Storage Drives: Plextor M6e Black Edition
Power Supply: Seasonic 1050W Platinum
Chassis: DimasTech Bench Table Easy V3.0
Here is a CPU-Z screenshot of the Z170 system, where the memory is configured using the Intel XMP Profile.
Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 Temperature
The each Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 stick has a temperature sensor. Below is a screenshot from HWMonitor showing the operating temperature of each individual memory sticks. The first one is the temperature at XMP configuration, while the second one is the overclocked temperature.
Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 Overclocking
Just like the quad channel Viper 4 DDR4, I was able to easily overclock this Viper 4 DDR4 dual channel kit and pushed its speed to 3000MHz, with memory timing of 16-16-16-36 and at 1.35V. From 2800MHz XMP to 3000MHz OC speed, that’s a 200MHz increase. I tried bumping it up further to 3200MHz or around 3100MHz, but the system became unstable already.
Whether or not bumping its speed to 3000MHz will yield an extra juice in the performance, we will find that out on the benchmark results in the next page.