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CPU Cooler gets in way of RAM slot, will i lose anything by using 2*8gb?

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June 4, 2014 7:11:41 AM

Sort of what the title is saying. I have 2 x 4gb sticks of RAM in my motherboard. I have a coolermaster hyper 212 and it block my first ram slot. I'd like to upgrade to 16gb of ram so question is would I lose anything by replacing the 2 x 4gb sticks with 2 x 8gb sticks? I know it will be more expensive as its easier (and cheaper) just to add 2 more 4gb sticks but they wont fit because of my cooler? Unless someone make a super low profile stick of ram.

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June 4, 2014 7:22:50 AM

it is possible to remove the metal heat fins on the memory - if that is all that is in the way.

For example - much modern memory (especially for gaming) looks like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could remove the outer shell if you needed to. It may cause issues with overclocking as it may not cool off as quickly - but then if it is under the heatsink chances are you will have a good breeze of air flowing over it. It's a toss-up.

Also - depending on your current ram - you could find a compatible version that does not have the fins attached.

As for the 2x8GB - there are some tradeoffs - but I recall a recent TOMS article about some newer versions that are much better than we had a few years ago.

Good luck.
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June 4, 2014 8:21:49 AM

avarice said:
it is possible to remove the metal heat fins on the memory - if that is all that is in the way.

For example - much modern memory (especially for gaming) looks like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could remove the outer shell if you needed to. It may cause issues with overclocking as it may not cool off as quickly - but then if it is under the heatsink chances are you will have a good breeze of air flowing over it. It's a toss-up.

Also - depending on your current ram - you could find a compatible version that does not have the fins attached.

As for the 2x8GB - there are some tradeoffs - but I recall a recent TOMS article about some newer versions that are much better than we had a few years ago.

Good luck.


Awesome thanks for the great explanation. Maybe I will buy a couple sticks of 2 x 4 and remove just the part of the outer shell that is under the heatsink, or worst case look for a pair that doesnt have the fins on it. Im much more leaning in this direction because of the price. But good to know that going 2 x 8gb wont result in that much less performance.
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June 4, 2014 10:57:39 AM

I have this same issue with the same cooler and same RAM haha I just used it as an excuse to water cool my system to make room for the extra RAM =)
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June 4, 2014 12:09:57 PM

Jake Fister said:
I have this same issue with the same cooler and same RAM haha I just used it as an excuse to water cool my system to make room for the extra RAM =)


haha I'm almost there!! I want to move to a smaller case also so the excuses to buy more stuff keep piling up.
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