Is Microsoft's departure from CES after this year really a big deal? From what I always understood, CES was a trade show for consumer electronics. That means that there really isn't a very strong software presence. Sure, you will see some promotion, but not on the same scale as the hardware. Microsoft usually gives a boring keynote that really doesn't say much and then disappears into the mist. I really don't see it as the great decline of CES like many other media outlets like to claim.



When it comes to desktop memory, Patriot has always had an excellent ratio of price and performance. They've also always backed up their RAM with excellent customer service and warranties. Long ago, I had purchased a Sector 5 set and it's been my go to RAM for reviews. If you actually pay attention to the test system section of our reviews, nearly every system has used the Patriot kit. Systems with the Sector 5 kit have been put through the wringer with countless overclocks, tweaks, and changes. To this day, the sticks are still running strong after nearly 2 years of abuse.


The Patriot Division 2 Viper Xtreme DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Memory Kit looks to give gaming performance on a budget. The Division 2 Viper Xtreme kits are designed for the newest Intel 2nd Generation Core processors. These sticks only use the highest quality pre-sorted ICs and have been fully tested and validated for maximum performance and stability. This specific kit contains 2x4GB sticks for 8GB of dual channel memory. Timings are rated at 8-9-8-24 for excellent performance. Each stick is cooled by an aircraft-grade aluminum outer shield with a 6 gram copper core. Division 2 Viper Xtreme RAM is also backed by a full lifetime warranty.