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Patriot Viper Elite Series DDR4 RAM

Patriot Viper Elite (VE) Series DDR4 RAM to match your cpu speed...

With the increase in speed of the current i series processors from Intel you need to match that speed when you purchase memory when you upgrade or build your own computer such as I did here: Custom Computer Build

If you have a commercially manufactured computer all the math and research was done for you, however when you upgrade the ram in your computer you need to use the same speed or research the speed range of the processor and buy ram that matches the cpu, the wrong speed will cause problems ranging from not starting to memory errors or sudden shut down. However an increase in speed will give your processor a speed bump, how much will depend on the processor and the speed of the new memory.

Will the old tried and true axiom work: "The cheapest speed upgrade you can do for your computer is a memory upgrade, when you increases the quantity of the memory also increase the speed, over all this will give you a speed increase of the processor."

With newer processors will this hold true? I am considering (although the current memory is new) doing a memory speed increase from the original 2666 to 3200 GHz, what would be the overall speed increase? Unknown at this time, however the BIOS and the processor itself may limit the speed to the max that the Turbo function allows at 4.9 GHz, an upgrade may answer the age old question of "how fast will my processor go?" then again I may be buying a new motherboard, processor, and more memory!! (Opppps)

So what did I need for this processor: Intel Core i7-9700K Processor 3.6 GHz up to 4.9 GHz

To match the i7-9700K processor I needed DDR4 SDRAM memory, a search turned up a few possibilities:

Patriot VE and Viper Steel, Corsair Vengenance, and G.Skill Ripjaws V series, all are dual 16 GB packaged DDR 4 SDRAM memory, the speed range is from  2666 to 3200 GHz. The price range per package for 32 GB runs from 138 to 154 USD. Why then for 16 USD less did I pick the Patriot VE over the Viper Steel? DUH... My bad however I think I did ok, if I need to upgrade the amount of ram I may go with the Viper Steel.

I did not pick the G.Skill memory because in the past I had problems with this manufactures memory, the old mix and match with G.Skill memory did not work and even with only the G.Skill memory in the ASUS P5k3 motherboard I was having memory problems. The Corsair memory I have used in the past has be reliable and stable but if I upgrade then why stay at 2666 when I could go to 3200 GHz with the Viper Steel? A plus is if I upgrade this memory will work for an upgrade to another computer I am going to build for my Wife. (A win-win no?)

Research showed me that the ram speed range for this processor is from 2400 to 3200 MHz, so I picked this memory for my build:

Patriot Viper Elite (VE) Series DDR4 32GB (2x16GB) 2666MHz PC4-21300 Dual Memory Kit

The Specifications:

Slot type: DDR4 288 pin

Frequency: 2666 GHz

Technology: SDRAM

Over all this memory has proven once again that Patriot manufacture is one of the best memory choices, no problems with the memory, the built in heat sink keeps the memory cool with passive cooling in the computer case.


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