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Pros: This RAM is decent for the price!
Cons: Patriot's employees seem to be too stupid to take the extra time to set their memory and write all possible speed profiles into the XMP.
Other Thoughts: I spent 2 days manually finding all of the stable timing sets for this kit to work with the current generation of Intel's Memory Controller specifications (1.5v + or - 5%) (1.425v - 1.575v). @Patriot Memory, you lazy people really need to make this information publicly available and learn how to write multiple timing sets into your XMP!
The stock timing set is:
2133 MHz @ 11-11-11-30-2T or 11-11-11-27-2T, 1.500v (depending on your temperatures)
This timing is incredibly slow and annoying. I think it serves as more of a "happy medium" since it's being marketed as 1.5v in order to meet a middle ground.
Well, I only really tested for the 1.575v sets since I don't plan on running the RAM at JADAC profiles for 1.425v, but I can tell you that the stock JADAC timing set for 1600 MHz 9-9-9-24-2T will run fine as low as 1.35v.
The following sets are for 1.575v max, or 1.558v in the BIOS of my MSI Z77 board (it peaks at 1.575v under load tests in XTU):
2133 MHz @ 10-11-10-34-2T, 1.575v
1866 MHz @ 9-10-9-28-2T, 1.575v
1600 MHz @ 8-9-8-27-2T, 1.575v
That's as tight as I could get the timing with those frequencies, all the way down to increments of 1 causing a boot loop if I pushed it too far. I am using memory coolers, by the way. I have no idea if that helps at all, but I highly recommend memory coolers especially when you're running custom timing sets. Enjoy! ^__^
This review is from: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: The board is amazing for decently overclocking the CPU and Memory! Take it from my experience: you should definitely stick to under 4.5 GHz with this board, and also stick to 1866 MHz memory or below. I personally recommend some low CAS 1866 memory. I know for a fact that Patriot Memory's XMP is supported, so I hope that helps! ^__^
Cons: The only problems I have encountered are high-end overclocking for CPU and Memory. Keep it at 1866 Mhz memory and 4.4 GHz or lower CPU. The 8-phase power design definitely limits the potential for overclocks. I would personally recommend 4.2 or 4.3 MHz, just to be safe!
Other Thoughts: I ran this board on both the i7-2700k and i7-3770k. Both CPU's performed amazingly and much higher than I initially expected for the price! I did unfortunately need to RMA the board twice due to memory socket errors and CPU errors when trying to overclock my with a custom profile, so I replaced it with one of the dragon logo boards from MSI and decided to keep the clock frequencies as close to stock as possible.
I have no idea why memory overclocking would cause a problem since the board claims to support 1.65v, but it definitely killed both the first and second RAM slots (even with a memory cooler) which is extremely odd considering that the slots are 1+3, 2+4 spaced slots for each channel like most other motherboards.
Anyways, the customer service from ASRock is always 10/10. They will send you a new replacement board that they keep in stock directly from Taiwan, and you even get to speak with an extremely lovely Asian woman on the phone who is more than happy to help process the replacement for you!
Thanks so much, Stefenie and Daisy from ASRock USA. You always provide a pleasant experience in the RMA process! ^__^
Pros: It comes pre-applied with a very high quality thermal compound already (MX-4). It is not that loud because I barely notice anything on my cheap GT 440 that runs constantly at 100%. All of the mounting hardware is solid and easy to work with once you can decipher what the instructions should have said. The overall build quality is fantastic.
Cons: Anything you mount it to because triple slot. This was not a major issue for me personally since it's in my server, but it can be in other configurations. The instructions are awful. The spacers are incorrectly labeled. It's very vague and the pictures don't help as much as they could if they were done correctly.
Other Thoughts: I want to physically find the person who was in charge of writing the instructions for their coolers and challenge him or her to a 1v1 Death Match IRL.READ FULL REVIEW