Viper is a gaming brand established in 2007 by Patriot Memory which has been in business since 1985 producing high-performance memory modules, flash memory, mobile accessories, and gaming equipment. The brand targets the eSports, Gaming, and Entertainment audiences by producing products that perform well and often look good while doing so.
The specific kit that we are looking at today is the Viper Venom RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 6200MHz Memory Kit which stands at the top of Viper’s DDR 5 offerings with 32GB RGB kits also being offered at 6000MHz and 5600MHz. Patriot also offers the 32GB kits in a non-RGB flavor as well as 16GB (2x8GB) kits at 5600MHz and 5200MHz. At the time of publication, the Viper Venom RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 6200MHz was seen for about $260 in the e-tail wilderness.
Viper Venom RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 6200MHz Memory
The Viper Venom RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 6200MHz Memory comes in a box that shows off the RGB capabilities of the memory and has a sticker affixed to the front indicating the 32GB size, 2x16GB kit, PC5-49600 / 6200MHz. It also indicates that 16.8 million RGB colors are available for illumination. Flipping the box over, we see in several languages that the kit is XMP 3.0 Ready and carries a limited lifetime warranty. Viper also spells out a number of its social media handles in case you want to follow their cause (Ed: Did they still have their G+ handle listed?).
Inside the packaging, we found two 16GB modules labeled with the part number PVVR532G620C40K. The modules are clad in a black heat spreader which is accented by the Viper brand logo on a silver backing and the Viper logo located on the opposite side. The top of the memory is a translucent white color with the Viper brand name in red along the top.
The kits sport Hynix memory modules that have base timings of PC5-38400 (4800MHz) at 40-40-40-77 using 1.1V. Their tested (and marketed) frequency is PC5-49600 (6200MHz) at timings of 40-40-40-76 at 1.35V. They are equipped with a thermal sensor, on-die ECC, and support for RGB Sync with ASUS, ASRock, MSI, and GIGABYTE motherboards.
From a sizing perspective, the Viper Venom RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 6200MHz Memory measures in at 1.75” in height, which is shorter than the Corsair Dominator series that we’ve been working with on the test bench (that weights in at 2.25”). If you’re going with a large tower air cooler, these modules will give you a bit more clearance than other larger modules.
Installation and Configuration
We installed the Viper Venom RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 6200MHz Memory into our MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY motherboard that is paired with a 12900K processor. The RGB entered a default pattern that paired with the other RGB bling on our test rig.
By default, the modules load up the base timings described above which is PC5-38400 (4800MHz) at 40-40-40-77, but throwing the XMP switch bumped it up to PC5-49600 (6200MHz) at timings of 40-40-40-76. We were able to boot into Windows 11 and start benchmarking without an issue.
Viper RGB Software
Viper publishes a Viper RGB Software application that can control the RGB functionality of the memory. It has an RGB color selector for each of the LEDs that are installed in the kit, you can apply the settings to all sticks of memory or to specific sticks, as well as select the lighting effect that you want. All in all, it’s a fairly routine RGB app setup, though, Viper does warn it could conflict with other RGB programs that may also try to control the looks of your memory.