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Review of the Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series 32Gb 3200 MHz kit

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Our Experience

          We purchased this memory for our build that we’ve been working on and reviewing. It fits right in with the Meg X399 motherboard and the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor. So, first off, you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your motherboard. If you need DDR4 288 pin memory and can support speeds of 3200 MHz, then that’ll be perfect. Or, if your motherboard supports DD44 288 pin at 2133 MHz, then this memory will still work, it’ll just be slower. Beyond that, it is non-parity and non-ECC (error correcting code), as this is not meant for server builds. We’ve got dual channel support, meaning that having two sticks as we do will make it even faster, provided your board has support. The CAS (column access strobe) latency is at a pretty respectable 16; overall leaving this with some pretty good speed stats. How does it perform in the real world you ask?

          Its performance is pretty great. Now, yes, it isn’t the fastest memory in the world, but it was the fastest that we could get for our board; having a 32GB requirement at least. That being said, it is still plenty fast. 3200 MHz, with dual memory and a 16 CAS runs quite well. For our purpose of playing games, it was perfect. I must say that the combination of this processor (Ryzen Threadripper 2950X) and this memory can pretty much knock out any game at full settings. Of course, normal computer processing runs flawlessly.

          Our only issue with this memory is future proofing for games. While 3200 MHz is fine for now, that’ll start to be less so for gaming in a few years. That’s not to say it won’t play them. It absolutely will; all I’m saying is that you might find yourself selecting medium settings on games within the next three to four years.

List of Stats

  • Compatibility; speed: DDR4, 288 pin; 2133 MHz (base), 3200 MHz (OC)
  • Features: Non-parity, non-ECC (error-correcting code), dual channel
  • CAS Latency; timing: C16; 16-18-18-36
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime
  • Price: $234.99

What Others had to say

  • “Top pick? Why’s that? The Viper memory performance is good, really good. It’s close to its rivals in benchmarks. Usually, you’ll be more than happy, by just setting the XMP profile (and most of the users will leave it like that). However, if you have some time, and patience (searching for instability) you can get something extra from this kit. Thanks to the usage of Samsung chips ~3500 MHz is possible, that’s a 300 MHz increase from standard frequency, which can be helpful for example in some games.” -The Guru of 3D
  • “Overall, this is very nice RAM that I would recommend to anyone looking to spice the look of their system up while still having nice, fast RAM at a value.” -WePC
  • “At first, I was a little skeptical buying patriot ram. I was building three high end video editing systems for a client. This ram goes to 3200 Mhz easily. I ran stability tests for 48 hours each system. This ram held up really well. It was rock solid, no crashes, nothing. All of the ram had really nice metal packaging that I have not seen in a long time. For those of you wondering, I used the Asus X470 Prime Pro for the motherboard and a Ryzen 7 2700x for the CPU. I think they could sell this RAM for way more. If you buy this under $ 350, it is a steal.” -Brad S; an Amazon customer

Final Thoughts

          We recommend this memory without a doubt. If this is compatible with your motherboard, then you should definitely get it. It’s fast, reliable, and should keep up with things for at least three years or so. No complaints beyond that.

References

Note: This review is part of a classroom project.
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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB 2400 Desktop Memory Review

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The 4 Colors the LPX Series comes in.

This isn’t your standerd boring memory. With Corsair Vengeance LPX series, you can pick from multiple colors to suit your needs for your desktop. These sticks never disappoint me and with support for XMP 2.0, I can have worry-free auto overclocking. This is steered towards people who want a good looking stick without the issue of CPU heatsink clearance. 

  • 16GB Kit (2×8 GB)
  • DDR4 2400 Speed
  • CAS Latancy of 16
  • Timing of 16-16-16-39
  • Non ECC
  • Aluminum Heatspreader
  • Calculated access time of 6.66 nanoseconds
  • Calculated Bandwith of 76.8 GB/s
  • Height of 1.03″

This series is one of the best of its kind and these reviews about this exact kit would support my claim. Check out Toms Hardware’s review on the LPX Series.

Pros: – Works in ASRock X470 Master SLI/AC w/ Ryzen 5 2600
– Works as advertised at 2400Mhz w/ 16GB (2 of 4 slots) @1.2v (w/ XMP profile)
– Was stable at 3200Mhz overclock w/ 16GB (2 of 4 slots) @1.35v (16-18-18-36-54-1T)
– Was stable at 2933Mhz overclock w/ 32GB (4 of 4 slots) @1.35v (20-20-20-48-68-1T)
– This model is not necessarily for AMD systems but according to Corsair website it should work and it does.
Cons: None that I can find.

~Raymond A.

Pros: -Low profile, allows more room for other components.
-Overclockeable, works flawlessly with XMP.
-Overclocked from 2400mhz to 2800mhz.
-Only had to bump up voltage from 1.2V to 1.23V (stable 24/7).
-Corsair as always didn’t disappoint with their RAM.
-Fairly priced (purshased my kit for $90 at the time).
Cons: No complaints.

Ronald V.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Newegg, Toms Hardware 

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Stunning in all the right ways (A review on the G.Skill Trident Z RGB)

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G.Skill Trident Z RGB

Nothing makes a PC build look finished like a sleek kit of DDR4 RAM. Well, G.Skill has you covered with their Trident Z RGB.  They are praised for their overclocking capabilities while still staying stable. Complete with aluminum heat spreaders and RGB lighting. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 32GB (2x16GB)
  • Speed: DDR4 3200
  • Type: 288 Pin DDR4 SDRAM
  • CAS Latency: 16
  • Non-ECC
  • Unbuffered
  • Dual Channel Kit
  • Access time: 5 ns
  • Voltage: 1.35V

Our Testing

We decided that we needed to see this for our own eyes and got us the 32 GB kit of two 16 GB sticks. Out of the box, it feels sleek and gives off the finished look with its RGB on top. We decided to hook it up to a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 motherboard to get the most out of its overclocking capabilities. It is good to mention now that G.Skill has a limited lifetime warranty on all of their RAM until they stop manufacturing the RAM in question. It ran smoothly with little to no problems even with overclocking it.

Don’t just take our word for it. On newegg, the product has an average of 4 eggs overall with the lowest rating for it being 3 eggs. 


Pros: – The Asus AiSuite3 software automatically detected the timing profile and configured it to run at 3200 Mhz as advertised. Or just go to the BIOS and turn on XMP. I’ve had my system running stable at this clock speed for over 2 weeks. 
– Beautiful RGB as everyone expects.
– It’s cheaper than buying the 8 GB module (4 x 8), leaving room to upgrade to 64 GB.
Cons: – Nothing to complain.
Other Thoughts: Recommend to anyone who just want to turn on XMP in the BIOS and be done with it at 3200 Mhz.

Quentin H.

Note: This review is part of a classroom project.

References

Newegg

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Kingston ValueRAM 8GB

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The Kingston ValueRAM 8GB would be an excellent addition to your home motherboard. Kingston is a technology corporation that deals with memory products and is based out of Fountain Valley, California. It was founded by John TU and David Sun (Wikipedia). It is a highly respected corporation, especially when it comes to memory products. 

 

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Specifications 

  • Non-Parity
  • Non-ECC
  • Channels: Single
  • CAS Latency: 17
  • Type: 288-pin 2400
  • Access Time: 7 Ns

ValueRAM’s KVR24N17S8/8 is a 1G x 64-bit(8GB) DDR4-2400 CL17 SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM), 1Rx8,memory module, based on eight 1G x 8-bit FBGA components. TheSPD is programmed to JEDEC standard latency DDR4-2400 timing of17-17-17 at 1.2V. Each 288-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers. Theelectrical and mechanical specifications are as follows

This Kingston ValueRAM 8GB is very fast for a home motherboard. Its CAS Latency is 17, which will help your computer move extremely fast. It is also fairly cheap, considering how good of memory it is. You can buy this memory for $70.28 on Newegg. It would be a great choice of RAM if you are wanting a fast computer that will not have to stores a ton of stuff on it. This RAM is only one stick of 8GB. It does not have an abundance of storage, so it would be perfect for a home motherboard. If you are looking to upgrade your home PC memory, then the Kingston ValueRAM 8GB is the memory for you. 

 Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

References

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1K68157962
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Technology
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Kingston ValueRAM

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Kingston Technologies is a huge company in the production of SSDs, USB Sticks and RAM. This review focuses on the RAM part of Kingston, specifically their “Value RAM”. This line of RAM is, as shown in the name, a great value for Business and Home use. This specific stick of RAM is best for home use.

(1 x 8 GB Stick)

This RAM is great for both home and business use. When I installed this and tested it, it worked perfectly for web browsing and using Microsoft Office. Using this stick for gaming wouldn’t be horrible either, but not the absolute best due to the stick not having any heat spreaders and the slower speed when compared to other RAM you can buy. Not to mention this doesn’t look the greatest either, but if it’s inside a home PC it won’t be very noticeable.

I have talked a little about my experience with using the RAM now onto the specifications.

Generation:DDR4

Speed:2133

CAS Latency:15

Size: 8 GB

Access Time: 7 NS

ECC: Non-ECC

Image result for kingston valueram in a pc

In my eyes, this RAM would be great for multipurpose use. There are also other people who have had similar experiances.

Declan K

Pros: Cheap, quality ram with no unnecessary frills that a regular user like I wouldn’t notice or need such as the few degrees cooler ram with a heatsink runs or extra mhz that doesn’t make a difference for the average user

Cons: Aesthetics would be my only negative however I knew what I was buying and it isn’t visible in my case anyway, not that I believe aethetics are very important as after the first few days of having my computer i barely look at it anyway

Other Thoughts: Greatly recommend I personally bought 2 sticks for dual channel 16gb great performance came sufficiently packaged and a lifetime warranty would highly recommend

This RAM would be great for home and possible business use. I would highly recommend this to anyone who want to build a PC for a low price.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

WORK CITED

K, Declan. “All Reviews.” Newegg, 1 Dec. 2016, www.newegg.com/profile/reviews/eFdxN2h6dFhVSURSa3p6bmFNWE11YjUzWjRpMTdDZHU=.

“Kingston ValueRAM.” Newegg, 18004memory, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAB0Z7HS1636&Description=Kingston%2BRAM&cm_re=Kingston_RAM-_-20-242-187-_-Product&recaptcha=pass.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 32GB (8GBx4)

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So I am writing about G.SKILL’s Ripjaws v Gaming ram. I wanted some thing cheap and effective for my computer, so this is the choice I made. This ram has a speed of  2133 MHz. It also has dual-channel architecture and a clock latency of 15, that is pretty good when you have 4 sticks of ram. Finally I have 4 sticks of 8 GB  (32 GB) which is plenty for a gaming computer.

So to test my new set up I started by playing A popular MMO I enjoy playing. I started easy but started to push it a little bit, I started playing the game and running videos (music) in the background. Even playing a few videos in the background while playing the game, the computer could still handle it. It was after I started running more the three videos and a couple more applications it tarted to have a hard time. That is when I decided that too much music is too much, and called it quits. 

 I think that this ram is excellent, four sticks for $180.00 is a pretty good deal for any build it yourself gamer. So if you want good performance ram this is a good way to get what you want for a good price. G.SKILL has been a leading manufacture of good efficient ram. So for those who want a deal on ram G.SKILL is the way to go. So go enjoy learning and building a computer and, I hope you learn something from what you’ve read.  

This is part of a school Project.

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When Elegance Meets Performance. (A review on the Corsair Dominator Platinum)

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If you have a top of the line PC nothing can put the cherry on top like some good sticks of RAM. Even though it is not thought of as the biggest price point in any build you definitely do not want to sell yourself short in the RAM department. Corsair has been on top of its game lately by making some of the highest quality of RAM on the market for your special rig.

The 32 GB total in 4 Sticks. 

Right out of the gate you can probably assume that this is not something you want to put in Suzy’s computer at the office. This is formally built for the best of the best rigs and should be treated as the such. With a hefty proce tag of over $500 you get what you pay for out of each stick of RAM. This is proven by the specs

Check them listed out here below:

Generation: 4th 
Speed: 3333 Mhz (PC4 26600)
Memory Size: 32 GB (4 x 8)
Cas Latency: 16
Channel Support: Quad
Voltage: 1.35V
Access Time: 4.8 NS 
ECC: Non-ECC

To check out more specifications here is a link to corsairs website https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Memory/DOMINATOR%C2%AE-PLATINUM-32GB-%284-x-8GB%29-DDR4-DRAM-3333MHz-C16-Memory-Kit/p/CMD32GX4M4B3333C16

Oh and not to mention…. It comes with its own RGB fan mount to keep your RAM looking stylish and fast

What the Ram + Heat-sink looks like on a motherboard

My word and specs not enough?

Check out some reviews (Via Newegg)


“Dominator is the only memory I EVER choose for my computers. The best out there.”
~Steven P.

“Building my own gaming/utility PC. I wanted the best and this was selected as one of the best options according to several reviews.”
~Andrew M.

If you would like to read up on more reviews from Newegg check out the following link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820236168

In conclusion this is RAM I would endorse. It is fit for most use cases and if you have the kind of money to blow on this kind of RAM most of the times it will serve you and your rig wonders.

Note: This was apart of a classroom project

Works Cited:

“Dominator Platnium.” Corsair 32 GB, Insider | Newegg Newegg Insider, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAG7R7DW9500&Description=corsair%2Bdominator%2Bplatinum&cm_re=corsair_dominator_platinum-_-20-233-973-_-Product.

“RETAILERS.” Corsair, www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Memory/DOMINATOR%C2%AE-PLATINUM-32GB-%284-x-8GB%29-DDR4-DRAM-3333MHz-C16-Memory-Kit/p/CMD32GX4M4B3333C16.

Soderstrom, Thomas. “Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition 4x8GB DDR4-3333 Review: Speed & Polish.” Tom’s Hardware, Tom’s Hardware, 15 June 2018, www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-dominator-platinum-ddr4-3466-memory,5583.html.



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Review of the Corsair Vengeance LPX

<![CDATA[Corsair is one of the world’s leading providers of PC components. Corsair produces top of the line cutting edge SSDs, along with PC cases, PC and CPU cooling solutions. Under their gaming brand, they produce mice, mouse mats, keyboards, headsets. They have a global operations infrastructure with multiple distribution channels, partnerships, and great marketing in over 60 countries worldwide.
I used their very own Corsair Vengeance LPX memory kit in my PC for home use, equipped with my Biostar TB250-BTC motherboard.

The Corsair Vengeance LPX specifications:

  • 4 GB
  • 288 pins
  • DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200)
  • Single Channel
  • Cas latency of 14
  • An access time of 5.83 nanoseconds

I bought this RAM at a great price of $60.74 at Newegg! According to PC World they give this a 4.5 out of 5 expert rating. 
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My Review of the 500 GB Western Digital SSD

<![CDATA[Western Digital is all about quality products, being the first manufacturer to offer mainstream ATA HDDs in 2001. Since then they have been about delivering only the best to their customers
The 500 GB SSD I put into my home PC makes my PC runs great, and according to the reviews on Newegg other people think so too.  “Faster response time”, “very easy to install”, “Spot-on performance for a late-model SATA SSD”

The specifications for this SSD are as follows:

  • 500 GB capacity
  • Read and Write speeds up to 560 and 530 MBps
  • Mean time before failure is up to 1.75 million hours
  • A limited warranty of 3 years

I bought this SSD off of Newegg for just $129.99! 
I would recommend this SSD to anyone looking for a good performance out of their SSD for their time and money!

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM

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This Ripjaws X Series 2 X 4GB Model is an excellent addition to your business computer. This ram is made by G.SKILL which is a very well known company for their memory they produce. It is fast for the fairly low price. No I would not recommend putting this into a gaming PC of yours however it works great for an everyday PC.

Here are the specs for the memory in which we are reviewing:
  • Capacity of this motherboard is 8GB (2 x 4GB)The memory sticks are 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM. The memory is DDR3 2133 megahertz (PC3 17000). CAS Latency is low at 9. The following is the timing as well, 9-11-10-28 It requires 1.65 volts of power to run smoothly. The memory is non-ECC as well as non-parity. The memory is dual channel maximum. The memory is always very appealing to the eye with its blue color. It only comes with the stylish heat spreader to upgrade the performance.

 

  • One of the most impressive things for this memory is how fast it is for the price. The access time for this memory is 4.2914 nanoseconds. That is a very fast access time for the memory only costing $77.99. Another bonus for this memory is that it has a heat spreader which helps keep the memory cool which will help the memory preform at its highest capability.

 

  • The memory works very well for your everyday business PC. It is DDR3 so make sure that it is suitable for your motherboard. One suitable motherboard for this memory is this ECS AMD Motherboard Supported A55F2P-M2(V1.0). I recommend this memory and worked very well for me.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Overview.aspx?DetailID=1528&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=12&LanID=0
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231476
https://www.gskill.com/en/]]>