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Is it necessary to have heat sinks on memory?

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August 3, 2010 12:09:18 AM

Is it really a need to have heatsinks on my ram for a gaming computer? It was a cheap build. The memory is Corsair DDR3 4GB PC1333MHz DUAL.

antec 300 case (with basic stock fans, no other fans added
athlon ii x3 rana 440
radeon hd 5770
msi 870-g54 mobo

THANKs!

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a b } Memory
August 3, 2010 12:29:20 AM

If you are talking about a fan overtop of your RAM, than it is not necesary. If you are talking about the heat sink, as part of the RAM, I would recommend purchasing one with it over a "Value" line.

Can you link the actual model number of the RAM , so we can see what you are talking about?
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a c 163 } Memory
August 3, 2010 4:12:56 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

If u refer to something like this no, it's not necessary and are only a waste of money.
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a c 163 } Memory
August 3, 2010 4:23:52 AM

It's useful when u run the rig many hours per day and when u do OC besides that the RAM usually don't produces many heat.

The RAM have high CL, if u can RMA and get another one with CL8 or less is better but from the same brand or Crucial, G.Skill or Kingston.
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a b } Memory
August 3, 2010 4:31:41 AM

1) Your RAM will work just fine. You just won' be able to "overclock" the RAM. Just run at posted specs and all will be well.

2) It is not needed unless you want to overclock your RAM. If that was the case, I would recommend getting a different model anyways.
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a c 104 } Memory
August 3, 2010 4:38:59 AM

In my opinion, no. It's mostly marketing hype.
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a b } Memory
August 3, 2010 4:57:37 AM

It's nice to have but not absolutely necessary.
It really doesn't get too hot anyways.
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a b } Memory
August 3, 2010 5:35:29 AM

My G.Skill RAM heatsinks are slightly warm whenever the PC's been on for a while so it should run fine, although it is better to have them than not.
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August 3, 2010 6:25:36 AM

I'm probably not going to return it then since im not going to oc. thanks all!
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a c 163 } Memory
August 3, 2010 12:58:36 PM

Usually the high end RAM comes with heatsinks but it's not necessary it all.
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