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5.0 out of 5 stars Good in tight spaces, 30 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Patriot PVL38G160C9K 8GB (2 x 4GB) Viper 3 Low Profile DDR3 1600MHz Kit - Black (Accessory)
I bought this primarily because of the low profile heat spreaders. I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo Cpu cooler on an Asus Z87 Plus motherboard, and with the fan installed it overshadows the first ram slot. Although I am not using that first slot, having only 8Gb installed, It's clear that it would (just) fit, whereas ram fitted with the more usual large heat spreaders would not. It is XMP enabled ram having one profile: 9-9-9-24. If you are new to (or just inexperienced in) fitting your own ram or ram-upgrades you should note that XMP profiles (enabled from BIOS) are only applicable to complete kits. That is to say, if I wanted to install a further 8Gb of ram AND still be able to enable XMP in a stable environment I would have to buy a 16Gb (4x4Gb) kit - adding a second 8GB (2x4Gb) kit would not guarantee stability/compatability. Finally, it has emerged that whereas 1600Mhz Ram has always been the 'go-to' standard for high-performance systems it now seems that for the latest (Haswell) generation of Intel processors, 1866Mhz is probably the way to go (do a bit of googling). Unfortunately for me, I became aware of this after I had bought the 1600Mhz reviewed here. Never mind, It works and my system is stable so happy days.
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