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Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition review

A 4GB RAM kit aimed at AMD Llano users, but is it fast enough?

Our Verdict

Not the fastest RAM out of the box, but potential for Llano and Bulldozer

For

  • AMD ready memory
  • Overclocking potential
  • Low profile module

Against

  • Pretty unambitious stock speed

Memory maestro Patriot has launched the Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition DDR3 4GB RAM kit specifically aimed at the AMD crowd. With the launch of AMD's new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), Llano, RAM is a vital performance component again.

Since the launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, there has been a whole raft of memory modules launched claiming to be the ideal support for the new chipset. Indeed, Kingston's HyperX Plug n Play claimed the same thing, but with, it has to said, a lot more justification than most.

Well now it's the turn of the thorn in Intel's side, AMD, to get some memory attention. It's been a long time coming.

OK, compared to some of the blazingly fast modules that have been launched to support the Sandy Bridge platform, Patriot's Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-12800 kit may seem, well, a bit conservative to say the least. At just 1600MHz, it's a little slow.

But even so, it does make a nice change to see a company giving some component love to AMD. Even if – marketing spiel aside – the memory will work in any modern motherboard, be it made by AMD or Intel.

Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyExtreme Performance Gamer 2
Memory Voltage1.65 V
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Memory Size4 GB
Brand NamePatriot Memory
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Number of Pins240-pin
Product SeriesGamer 2
ManufacturerPatriot Memory, LLC
Product ModelPGD34G1600ELK
Product NameExtreme Performance Gamer 2 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
Product LineExtreme Performance
Manufacturer Part NumberPGD34G1600ELK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.patriotmemory.com
Marketing Information

The Patriot G2 Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 memory kits are specifically designed for the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™; processors; Intel's® 6 Series platform. The G2 Series delivers the high-performance PC gamers demand at price tags that are easy on the wallet. The low-profile Patriot G2 series sport sleek air-craft grade extruded aluminium heat-spreaders for enhanced cooling performance that delivers superior stability during long hours of gaming, and adds a touch of style to your 2nd Generation Intel® Core™; powered system. Built using high-quality pre-screened IC's and vigorously tested these G2 Series modules are available in 4GB and 8GB kits at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings. Each kit is 100% hand tested for quality assurance and is back by a lifetime warranty and industry leading customer support. The Patriot G2 series memory modules are the best value for PC gamers seeking maximum performance from their 2nd Generation Intel® Core™; processor powered system.

Number of Modules2 x 2 GB