Customizable RGB LED lighting has become ‘a new black’ for enthusiast-class PCs: virtually all manufacturers of nearly all components for advanced computers have already introduced various devices with customizable RGB lights. Patriot is a little bit late to the RGB party with its Viper RGB memory modules (though it has had Viper LED modules for a while), yet these DIMMs arguably look more aggressive than some competing products.

Patriot’s Viper RGB DDR4 modules are outfitted with the company’s brand-new aluminum heat spreaders with the Viper logotype that feature five RGB LED zones each of which can be customized. The RGB LEDs are compatible with software from all major makers of motherboards, including the ASUS Aura Sync, the ASRock Polychrome Sync, the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, and the MSI Mystic Light Sync. In addition, Patriot will offer its own app to control LEDs on its Viper RGB DIMMs.

Patriot is taking a relatively cautious approach to RGB-enabled memory modules, so the initial lineup of Viper RGB DDR4 kits will include moderate to high-speed speed bins that will top at DDR4-4133 at 1.40 V, which is below 'extreme' offerings from some other makers. Meanwhile, the Viper RGB will be the highest-end modules in Patriot's lineup both in terms of performance and style.

Good news is that all the initial Viper RGB DDR4 kits are compatible with both AMD Ryzen- and Intel Core-based platforms (obviously, keeping in mind frequency-related limitations on Ryzen), so enthusiasts with different kinds of CPUs will not have to worry about compatibility. Meanwhile, the modules feature XMP 2.0 SPD profiles for Intel Core processors, but no special profiles for AMD Ryzen chips, which means that owners of appropriate PCs will have to load all the sub-timings manually.

The Viper RGB DIMMs are based on specially-designed PCBs to support RGB LEDs and to handle higher data transfer rates required from enthusiast-class memory modules. Patriot does not disclose which memory chips it uses for the modules, but we will update you once we obtain such information. In any case, most of contemporary DRAMs can run fine at 3200 - 3600 MT/s with 1.35 V, so the main question is how overclockable the mainstream Viper RGB DIMMs will be.

Patriot's Viper RGB 2x8 GB Memory Kits
Speed CL Timing Voltage Heat Spreader Color PN
DDR4-2666 15-17-17-35 1.2 V Black
DDR4-3000 1.35 V Black
DDR4-3200 16-18-18-36 Black
DDR4-3600 16-18-18-36 Black PVR416G360C6K
DDR4-4133 19 21-21-41 1.4 V Black PVR416G413C9K

Patriot’s Viper RGB memory modules will be available starting late May or early June. Pricing will depend on market conditions and all the kits will be covered by a lifetime warranty.

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  • DanNeely - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    Ugh. Even for something as stupid as frag harder lights, the colors in that last picture are absolutely hideous.
  • sa666666 - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    All these new RAM kits are absolutely useless at their current prices. $300 US for 16GB! In 2016 I paid $300 CDN for 64GB.

    When are these outrageous prices going to end. Between RAM, SSD and video cards, it seems that building a fast PC is no longer possible for less that $3000.
  • bill.rookard - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    Jesus, I know. $300 for 16GB. I have 16GB of DDR4-3000 which was $90 when I put my Ryzen 7 system together. Four times the price == hard pass. Fortunately the GPU prices are coming down a stitch - they're closer to MSRP than they've been in about a year and a half now. SSD's IMHO though aren't too bad. You can get a 256GB SSD these days for $90ish. 512GB for $140/150.
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    tell me about it, my brother built a top to bottom build for Ryzen 1700 when it first came out (case-motherboard-cpu-ram-ssd+nvme+HDD+psu+monitor+ram+gpu+OS+keyboard/mouse etc) cost him just a wee bit over $2k CAD shipped, if I were to build a similar build would cost minimum of $3200 give or take with a very limited availability of Radeon choices.

    Radeon everything, except for and even including the "base" crappy for any moerate high end game RX 550 are all overpriced 25-300% range.

    it is disgusting, really wish I had the $ to have picked up an RX 570 8gb when they were very close to the price they should have been (on par with the official USD price level instead of current ~$50 +ship/tax or more)
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    I cannot build a new computer today for any amount of money that is faster than my 35 Watt Dualcore Sandy Bridge when running Windows XP

    New computers are not Windows compatible, nor are they "personal" computers as they are simply locked down Spyware Platforms that prevent the end user from doing whatever they want on their own machine

    Today, they only allow you to do whatever Microsoft allows you to do

    You ARE allowed to hand over all your personal data to Microsoft so they can sell it to the Government and you ARE allowed to use "your" computer after you agree to blackmail, but I'm not sure those are benefits
  • Makaveli - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    I stopped reading after you said you are still using Windows XP.
  • rocky12345 - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    Yea he does have a bit of a point but I also got stuck when he mentioned Windows XP. With that said the other day I was trying to do a task to a customers hard drive on my Windows 10 test bed machine and it would not allow me to do it for my own protection it kept on saying. I finally ended up putting the customer hard drive on a Windows 7 Pro system test bed and I was able to do the task fine and apparently I didn't need any protection from Windows
  • TitanX - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - link

    I just built a system
    asus prime pro x470
    ryzen 5 2600x
    samsung 970 pro 512gb NVME
    crucial mx500 1tb m2sata
    seasonic 750w psu
    16gb corsair lpx 3000 cl15 ram
    reused my rx580 GPU..

    subtracting the cost of win10 it was about 1,600$ all the parts from newegg or amazon
  • SuperiorSpecimen - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - link

    Hi TitanX,
    You just built almost the exact system I'm planning on putting together.
    I have all the parts but the CPU/RAM/MOBO, still saving my pennies.

    Can I ask what CPU you upgraded from?
    I'm still getting by with an FX 6350 I bought when new (because I'm a hopeless underdog supporter and masochist), and am curious if the 2600X will give my RX 580 more room to run, or if I need to upgrade GPU to get any noticeable gaming improvement.

    Thanks man!
  • willis936 - Monday, May 28, 2018 - link

    Hardware is too expensive to consider new builds but at least LEDs have never been cheaper!

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