Since the release of Intel’s Skylake architecture, the price of DDR4 memory has come down at an exponential rate. Additionally, manufacturers are creating more lavish aesthetic designs to suit the gaming market. Typically, consumers chose memory based on a colour scheme as gaming tasks increased frequency has a minimal effect. Unfortunately, most companies appear to fixate on the standard red and black theme and it can be difficult to acquire DDR4 modules which suit yellow motherboards like the ASRock Formula series. Thankfully, Apacer has launched the Panther memory kits to provide a visually unique design which fits perfectly with motherboards sporting yellow or gold accents. In terms of its technical specifications, the memory comes in 2133MHz, 2400MHz and 2666MHz configurations with tight 15-15-15-36 and 16-16-16-36 timings. Furthermore, the DIMMs support XMP 2.0 and utilize 1.2 volts. This guarantees stability at low voltages and doesn’t require a boost to 1.35v.
While it’s not the fastest memory on the market, as many DDR4 kits reach speeds in excess of 3000MHZ, it’s still extremely fast and I love the colour scheme. Additionally, the black PCB adds to the overall look and makes for a superb finish. Hopefully, we should be bringing a review of this particular memory kit very soon.
Patriot has announced the ultra-fast Viper 4 dual channel DDR4 memory kit featuring a 3600MHz frequency designed for the latest Intel Skylake platform. This marks Patriot’s fastest ever memory product since the release of another dual channel 3400MHz kit back in September. In terms of timings, the memory utilizes 17-18-18-36 with a voltage rating of 1.35V.
Les Henry, VP of Engineering at Patriot said about the product launch:
“Our Viper 4 Line continues to reach new heights with our latest launch of the new 3600MHz kit paired with the new Intel® Skylake Platform.”
“We will continue to prescreen each IC prior to building the modules to ensure stability and provide unsurpassed performance to our customers.”
Additionally, the memory is compatible with XMP 2.0 for quick configuration with manual overclocking options for the more experienced end-user. Furthermore, peace-of-mind is offered via a lifetime warranty and each module is hand-tested to ensure widespread system compatibility. The Patriot Viper 4 3600MHz kit will be available worldwide today from leading retailers with a starting price of $169.99 in North America. The cost in European nations could vary due to currency conversion sales plus tax. Ideally, a UK price of around £125.99 would make for a very affordable but lightning fast memory kit.
We hope to provide you with an in-depth review very soon!
Most manufacturers just adapted their old and proven heatsink design to their new DDR 4 memory, but not so Mushkin. They have created the new and elegant looking Ridgeback heatsink for the Blackline and Redline memory modules.
The new heatsinks are cut from aircraft-grade aluminium and each module is hand tested and validated on motherboards from all major manufacturers. The Ridgeback DDR4 modules naturally feature XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup with Intel X99 platforms and the latest Core i7 processors.
Seen below is the current Redline design that while being efficient, isn’t the most beautiful to look at. The new design is a welcome addition to otherwise great memory modules.
The new Ridgeback DDR4 modules are officially scheduled to launch within Q1 2015.
Thanks to Muskin for providing us with this information