Overclocking 101: Chewonthis Takes on the Viper Xtreme 5

Overclocking 101: Chewonthis Takes on the Viper Xtreme 5

Among an exciting year of new releases by Patriot Memory and Viper Gaming, our newest flagship DDR5 series, the Viper Xtreme 5, has garnered heavy attention from the overclocking community through the first half of the year.

First unveiled at CES 2023 in January, the Viper Xtreme 5 is the perfect DRAM for overclockers, hardcore gamers and tech enthusiasts capable of reaching current speeds of up to 8000MT/s. The Viper Xtreme 5 is set to be Viper Gaming's newest and fastest DRAM ever produced.

So far, the Viper Xtreme 5 has lived up to its incredible performance with its recent nomination for "Best System Memory Series" at the 2023 European Hardware Awards. Along with this, early results in various overclocking competitions have shown that the Viper Xtreme 5 is off to a great start from both overclockers and reviewers alike.

Most recently, renowned overclocker/tweaker Chewonthis has achieved some impressive results and top hardware-specific records with the Viper Xtreme 5 that have turned a lot of heads at recent events.

With Chew*’s strong success, let’s kick off the first of our Overclocking Adventures series by discussing Chew*, his career that led up to his performance with the Viper Xtreme 5, his results from competition in the Internal AMD and iGPU overclock classes and what makes the Viper Xtreme 5 a premier tuning and overclock option.


Brian, known as Chewonthis (or Chew* for short), is a well-respected and skilled AMD overclocker. As a longtime overclocker dating back to the 939 and earlier platforms, Chew* rose to fame through working with AMD to break a variety of records on the Bulldozer platform on AM3+. 

One of the special things to know about Chew*’s tuning style is that he tends to take the route of tuning on ambient cooling to show what a platform can do and how it is usable, not just for validation or to achieve semi/bench stability.

Chew* is also one of a few overclockers to have multiple motherboard partners sponsoring him. In many instances, overclockers are sponsored by one single brand and will work solely within that company’s offerings.

After spending some time away from the overclocking scene after AM3+ and Piledriver’s less-than-impressive showing, Chew* has returned to testing, tweaking and tuning AM5 and Ryzen 7000 with DDR5. 

Here at Patriot, despite having our own in-house performance enthusiasts and overclockers, we found that there’s no true replacement for tweaking and tuning experts who know how to bring the heat in competition. For that reason, we reached out to Chew* to sponsor the new AM5 and equip him with our Viper Xtreme 5 to see what he can do on our fastest performance memory to date.

Chew*, equipped with the new Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 rated at an XMP of 8000MT/s, has pulled off some incredibly efficient results in competition that have blown us and the overclocking world away. As we will discuss, these are not only powerful for benchmarking standards, but also legitimately run with stability on the AM5 platform.

This is also accompanied with the Gigabyte B650E Aorus Tachyon, which is a one DIMM per channel motherboard based on the AM5 platform specifically created by the Gigabyte OC Lab leader HiCookie to deliver some of the best performance motherboards from Gigabyte.

When asked to discuss his thoughts on his performance and many records set, Chew* simply replied, “There is no spoon”, referencing a scene from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix, where protagonist Neo learns that the limits of what is possible are set by ourselves. When we consider this reflected in his lengthy career, his past accolades and his newly earned records with the Viper Xtreme 5, there’s one truth agreed upon with overclocking: there is only improbability, not impossibility.

With that being said, let’s discuss Chew*’s various hardware-specific records and placements, how each competition and benchmark is achieved and analyze his scores used in the Internal AMD APU Class, featuring the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and AMD Radeon (codename Raphael). 

3DMark, Internal AMD APU Class and iGPU Class

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics (Raphael) 


SuperPi 32M:

SuperPi 32M is a benchmark that aims for long stability and high performance over a given period of time, reflected in the below score in seconds intervals.

As we can see below, Chew* reached some very impressive margins of sustainable performace at upwards of 5600MHz for slightly over 5 minutes. While Chew* did not set any records for his SuperPi 32M performance (check on this, as I could not find anything specific), his stability bolstered by the Viper Xtreme 5 can be a game changer for long performance in tuning.

Fire Strike:

As a benchmark built for modern gaming-oriented systems, Fire Strike is all about rendering graphics beyond what other DirectX 11 benchmarks test for.

Fire Strike benchmarks are determined by two graphics tests, a physics test and a combined test that focuses on CPU and GPU performance.

As we can see with Chew*’s scores, Chew’s GPU performance surpasses the other members’ graphics score a significant margin of 600, attributed to his GPU core and memory clock surpassing 3000. This is one of many categories where Chew* will ultimately secure 1st place.

Fire Strike Extreme:

While similar to Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme caters more to multi-GPU systems and future hardware generations with more rendering resolution, adding more visual improvements and ensuring accurate performance on extreme systems.

Currently, the top listed score listed below is pending removal due to entry error, where Chew* will be crowned as the official 1st place holder of Fire Strike Extreme due to a ridiculously high overall score and GPU score with the Viper Xtreme 5 in tow. Its performance surpassed that of the many other competitors by nearly 600-800.

Fire Strike Ultra:

Fire Strike Ultra is the ultimate test of graphics built for 4K gaming primarily with resolution four times as large as Fire Strike. This is for gamers with or without a 4K monitor, a minimum of 3GB memory and a powerful system built for the intense demands of this benchmark.

For Fire Strike Ultra, we once again see Chew* crush the competition with an overall score beating 2nd place by almost 300 points, with both his GPU core and memory clocks surpassing 3000 in arguably one of the most rigid benchmarks in the 3DMark competition.

Speed Way:

Speed Way is a benchmark with the purpose of demonstrating DirectX 12 features with raytracing on gaming systems. Speed Way uses DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1 for real-time global illumination and real-time raytraced reflections with performance optimization measurements such as Mesh Shaders.

As noted with Chew*’s high scores of 189, 188 and 181 (both shown below), his GPU core and clock memory would once again surpass the 3000 mark for a high score that greatly surpassed that of 3rd place in terms of GPU core, clock and overall scores. Currently, Chew* holds both 1st and 2nd place in Speed Way for his hardware class.

Time Spy:

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps built to realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards by running two GPU tests and one CPU test.

As we see with Chew*’s scores below, he achieved legendary marks with the Viper Xtreme 5, with which he would secure 1st and 2nd place for a new hardware-specific record in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark in both the AMD APU Class and iGPU Class by wide margins.


Time Spy Extreme:

While similar to Time Spy as an ideal benchmark for the latest graphic cards, Time Spy Extreme focuses more on high-end graphic cards with a minimum of 4GB of dedicated memory and allow processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential.

With Chew*’s legendary scores, we can note that he achieved a high GPU score that surpasses the other competition by over 100 while reaching high CPU scores of over 6000, securing both 1st and 2nd place in the iGPU and Internal AMD classes, respectively.

Wild Life:

Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark across Windows, Android and Apple iOS for smartphones, tablets and computers at a 2560 x 1440 resolution using Vulkan graphics API on Windows and Android.

Here, we note that Chew* once again achieves a legendary set of scores to take both 1st and 2nd place for reaching legendary scores on a high-clocking CPU and GPU scores, respectively.

Wild Life Extreme:

While similar to Wild Life, Wild Life Extreme is built for higher demands on stability and performance on the newest generation of Windows 10, Android and Apple M1 chips across devices at a 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution. Wild Life Extreme is nearly three times as demanding as Wild Life.

In Wild Life Extreme, similar to what we saw in Wild Life, Chew* delivers a score that blows the competition out of the water out of his AMD Radeon (Raphael) GPU in GPU core and memory clocks of over 3000 with the Viper Xtreme 5.


Night Raid:

Night Raid is a DirectX 12 benchmark built for Windows 10-running devices with integrated graphics and low-power platforms with a demo test, graphics test and a CPU test for system performance.

As expected given his other performances, Chew* and the Viper Xtreme 5 come through again to earn 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in a powerful step up from the competition. Note with his scores that each attempt got Chew* higher and higher up in the leaderboards to outdo his own work, showing just how powerful the Viper Xtreme 5 can perform in varying tunes and settings.

Final Thoughts

Based on its early results and feedback from Chew*’s excellent performance, the Viper Xtreme 5 is proving to be a go-to DDR5 option for tweaking and tuning for intense performance in competition where Chew* saw his GPU core and memory clocks reaching levels unheard of in 3DMark’s competitions in stability, high performance and tuning. One of the most notable things we found in Chew*’s results was not only how he could reach these heights, but also for its stability on each performance level in rendering graphics, periods of time and the many other metrics shown. This shows that the Viper Xtreme 5 doesn’t just offer premier performance, but also delivers on the stability needed for practical high-end usage.

Additionally, while it is officially certified for Intel XMP (most prominently on stronger 1DPC platforms), the Viper Xtreme 5 also has infinite potential and tunability as shown by its performance with AMD Ryzen's 7000 CPU series. Moreover, while Ryzen's 7000 series may not reach the massive speeds of their Intel competition, the Viper Xtreme 5's component quality control makes hand tuning easy to achieve powerful AM5 platform performances. 

Ultimately, the Viper Xtreme 5 is shaping up to be quite the contender amongst performance memory series designed for overclocking and with a wide variety of top spots on the 3DMark leaderboards, overclockers and tech enthusiasts will be keeping a close watch on the Viper Xtreme 5.

For more information about the Viper Xtreme 5 and where to buy it, check out Viper Gaming’s Viper Xtreme 5 page and Patriot Viper’s Amazon Store today.

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