Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition review

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

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It's been a long time coming but the Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition and others suggest we should now see AMD platforms getting some dedicated love from memory manufacturers.

That's mainly thanks to the new Llano platform, with its strong memory performance, and AMD's 990FX chipset and Bulldozer combo. It's been a very long time since AMD had a strong enough offering to entice manufacturers into putting its badge on their products.

Hopefully these new platforms will see the end of one of AMD's annoying platform traits when it comes to overclocking – they used to be quite fussy when it came to memory running at high speeds. So the prospect of getting ultra-fast memory kits designed for AMD platforms is an interesting one.

We liked


You wouldn't class Patriot's Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition RAM as a world-beater, especially at its stock 1600MHz speed. That said, it has bags of potential – as we found out during testing.

Thanks to its fairly relaxed 9-9-9-24 latency settings it does overclock very nicely, even at the 1.65V stock voltage. Even though it will reach the next step up from 1600MHz – 1866MHz – we couldn't get it to run stably while playing the game World in Conflict.

We also liked the fact that the modules are low profile. You may be wondering why that's of any importance. Well, wait until you get a large third-party CPU cooler, which usually make the first memory slot redundant. Normally it's impossible to get a stick of memory into the slot because of these coolers, but with the Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition module you stand a fighting chance of actually using the slot.

We disliked


There's not much to dislike about the Patriot's Gamer 2 AMD Black Edition. It does what it says on the tin and shows some good overclocking potential. Its stock speed out of the box is a little conservative, however.

Final verdict

It may not be the fastest memory out of the box but it does show plenty of potential for the current Llano platform and the upcoming Bulldozer technology.

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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