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Originally for this build I ordered Patriot Viper Extreme memory 1600 CL 11. I picked this ram simply because it came with a $60 rebate making it inexpensive for 16GB RAM.

the RAM would not run correctly in my GA-990FXA-ud3 rev4 causing instability and general chaos. I could not return the RAM because I had sent in the rebate. My other machine is an Alienware X51 and the RAM would not even allow that rig to post. I ended up sending the RAM back to Tiger Direct for exchange, after taking forever, but they either sent me the exact same RAM or more defective RAM (not sure which). I sent the RAM to Patriot explaining my problem and went through the RMA process which was very smooth and fast (unlike Tiger) and they ended up sending me Patriot Sapphire Blue (PV316G160C9KBL). I thought this would indeed be better for AMD as the RAM supports AMP as well as XMP not to mention being CL9. Nice little upgrade for my troubles I thought smile.gif

Because I'm impatient, and because I eventually wanted 32GB anyway, by this time I had already purchased another 16GB CL9 (Crucial Ballistix) which I had also been running with 2x Nanya 4GB RAM CL11(NT4GC64B8HG0NF-DI). Running memtestx86+ this config tested good.

I replaced the Nanya ram with the Sapphire Blue. I thought this would be great, all CL9, not to mention more RAM (32GB total) smile.gif

I ran this way about a day and got two (Windows 8.1 preview) blue screens with the error "critical _structure_corruption" that I had never encountered before. I ran memtest86+ this morning with the Crucial and the Patriot installed and got at least one error, so I stopped the test and restated with just the Patriot Sapphire Blue installed. I don't know the outcome yet because I had to go to work....

I guess I'm wondering if patriot memory (in general) is any good at all in AMD platform because I'm not having a real good experience with it so far. I have received my $60 rebate, so I'm tempted just apply that to another set of Crucial Ballistix kit and forget about this Patriot.

This motherboard seems to run any combination of oddball size/brand/speed (nanya, kingston, hynix) of memory in (dual channel mode even) with great stability, unless Patriot memory is added to the equation then it becomes unstable.

The only other machine I have to test this RAM in is an Alienware x51 and the problem is it lacks to ability to deal with XMP profiles an the BIOS so unless you use PnP ram, the RAM speed will be 1333mhz so its not the best machine to test XMP ram with.
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Have you tried running the new patriot kit by itself?
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Have you tried running the new patriot kit by itself?

After it failed when combined with the Crucial, I removed the Crucial and just left the Patriot kit installed and restarted the test. I left for work shortly after starting the test. I'll know more when I get home.

I was just wondering if anyone had similar experiences with Patriot brand memory...

Thanks smile.gif
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Have you tried running the new patriot kit by itself?

Just an update, this morning, running just the patriot RAM, memtest86+ did not get very far, no error, just froze. It shouldn't have done that, computer is on UPS.

I moved the ram to the other slots, and restarted the test, got 90 percent through pass 1 with no errors, realized the RAM was only running 1520 mhz. I fixed that, I don't know how. Restarted the test.

EDIT:

Memtest86+ locked up again testing this RAM its its rated speed of 1600mhz.

Not too happy with Patriot Memory.... Time to go get more crucial and put this in the past.
Edited by bbond007 - 10/21/13 at 2:10pm
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Are you going into the bios and selecting the right profile for the RAM or just setting it to 1600?
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Are you going into the bios and selecting the right profile for the RAM or just setting it to 1600?

There were no profiles available (the option was missing) until I reset the BIOS to defaults and the XMP was available picked "Profile1".

The first time I did that memtest86+ got most of the way through pass #1 (90%) but I stopped it because I noticed RAM speed was only running at 1520mhz.

I loaded one of my saved stable profiles and the XMP option was missing again, but the speed in memtest86+ was back to 1600mhz, however it froze up during the test again.

I reset the CMOS to factory, loaded "Profile1" then memtest86+ and again it reported 1520mhz.

I booted into windows and CPUZ reported to was 800mhz, so I'm not sure what memtest86+ is reporting.

I booted into the CMOS, changed the CPU multiplier to 20x and disabled APM.

That is pretty much my 4000mhz profile recreated which I know runs stable.

Now the memory is running at the correct speed and has almost completed one pass.

I'm not sure what changing the CPU speed has to do with the memory speed memtest86+ reports. That does not seem real logical.

If that is successful I guess I'll try to add the crucial RAM and reset the CMOS again and see if more XMP profiles are available.
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Quick update.

The machine was able to make one pass through the memtest86+ with just the Patriot ram after I selected "Profile1", but then after adding the crucial and restarting the test it locked up without getting through a single pass.

I now put the Patriot Sapphire Blue RAM into my Alienware x51.

Normally this machine won't work at the correct speed with any RAM other than the nanya it shipped with and this Kingston PnP RAM that I bough specifically for the x51 because the BIOS lacks the ability to pick an XMP profile, however, it reports its operating at 1600mhz dual channel.

This x51r only has 2 memory slots not compatibility with other RAM is not an issue.

I put the Kingston PnP RAM(from the x51) and the Crucial in the AMD machine and I'm about 50% through pass #1.

It takes forever to make it through one pass with 32GB RAM smile.gif

I'll remember to leave memtest86+ running on both of these machines all day tomorrow.
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