RAM heat spreaders

if my RAM does not come with them, and I don't OC, is there other circumstances that I would want to use them?
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  1. Not unless you want your ram to look "cool"...
  2. I only used them on one build, but no appreiable difference, so I don't bother now. :?
  3. Some company just released a line of memory with waterblocks already built onto them... just add the pump, tubing and radiator... personally, I think that's going overboard.

    If memory temps were keeping you from reaching your desired overclock AND you had good air flow, I guess I could see buying them.
  4. If you're trying for a clean look, they will nicely cover up the ugly RAM chips. You RAM will get warm to the touch under load, probably the spreaders won't make much of a difference unless you're overclocking.
  5. Modules only start heating up considerably at DDR-800 and above, so if youre below that limit the case airflow can handle it.


    PS.: Kickas$s bunny! A survivor from the good times!
  6. As memory gets faster, heat becomes more of an issue because DRAM transistors generate heat when they switch: the faster they switch, the more heat is produced.

    Heat becomes an issue because as transistors get warmer, they get slower, meaning that performance can be sometimes less-than-optimal if you've pushed a memory module too far with improper cooling.
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    Heat becomes an issue because as transistors get warmer, they get slower, meaning that performance can be sometimes less-than-optimal if you've pushed a memory module too far with improper cooling.


    thats where the phase change comes in!

    the heatspreaders look nice, and i guess they would help cool faster ram by a few °C.
  8. Almost all heat generated by the RAM goes through the metal traces on the DIMM. Remember, plastic chip bodies and fiberglass PC board material both don't conduct heat very well.
  9. Crosair has made the PCB of their ram thermally conductive. Then they then attached 4 HSFs to it.

    http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/dominator.html
  10. I cant wait for 3lf to test those heatspreaders and prove how much of a gimmick or not they are :lol:
  11. Y.A.R.D.
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    Y.A.R.D.

    I dont seem to be familiar with that gringo acronym.
  13. I never knew a mulatto could be called a gringo, but for your information you beaner, it means "Yet another Review Damnit." I made it up.
  14. INWHG


    I Never Would Have Guessed
  15. F.U.U.T.A. 8)
  16. What in the name of all that is holy does that mean?
  17. Fu(k U Up The A$s :twisted:
  18. You and your "cute" emoticons...
  19. I'll show you cute.... *Goes and gets Wingy*
  20. NO NO PLEASE!
    Fine, I take it back..
  21. But them ram heatsink coolers anyways, looks good on them other than lower temps.
  22. your ram modules can heat up with high ambient temps even at stock speeds.
    its not a bad idea for heavy gaming.
    it pays to be safe with any investment.

    Dario&Ninja
    thanks for the laughs :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I can always count on you two .... to lighten the mood
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