Viper 4 Blackout Memory Overview
As I mentioned before the heatspreaders appear to be extruded aluminum parts with a solid feel and visible weight that you simply do not get from a stamped metal heatspreader. They are devoid of RGB and feature the VIPER text logo along both sides of the heatspreader.
Module height has always been a concern when it comes to system builds since heatsink manufactures often build their designs based on the JEDEC module standards. This is great when using vanilla memory modules but, once you switch to performance memory your cooling method can becomes a concern.
In terms of overall height the module measures a little over 1.75 inches tall which appears to be one of the new accepted standard when it comes to memory module height. Given that most high-end builds have switched to AIO or DIY watercooling there is less risk involved when it comes to heatsink clearance however, that is something builders need to consider when planning out their systems.
Under the heatspreader you’ll find a standard height memory PCB and dual sided memory configuration on the module. This is primarily due to the 32GB capacity and will likely be the standard configuration for all 32GB modules on the market.
One thing I did notice was that the heatspreaders didn’t sit flat on the module and a quick look down the side revealed the problem. On most performance memory kits you want to limit how many BGA chips you have as that will decrease latency and helps with overall frequency. As a result when the heatspreader is installed they use a thicker pad on the backside of the module to take up the extra space.
Well, when these modules were assembled they used the single sided heatspreader configuration instead of a dual sided one.