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My Ram over heats and shuts down the computer

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June 2, 2011 8:13:14 AM


i work for a company and one of their computer overheats and shuts down after running 100% CPU power the only was it work is if we stick a big fan to the side of it any suggestions? i think its the ram as they reach about 85 degrees there is about 32gb of ram packed next to each other
June 2, 2011 9:56:35 AM

You can get something like this for cooling memory:

I've personally not heard of a computer shutting down from overheating / bad RAM before - I think you'd be more likely to get a BSOD if this was the issue. Computers do shutdown to protect themselves from an overheating CPU. What temperatures are you reaching there, when it's at 100%? It could be that whatever application your company is running on this machine is too much for its CPU.
June 2, 2011 3:01:34 PM

Reset the BIOS to defaults, or at the very least make sure nothing is being overvolted (at least no more than would be needed to account for vDroop).
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June 2, 2011 11:09:45 PM

I bet the volatage regulators or the southbridge is overheating and not the ram.
June 3, 2011 12:34:46 AM

I doubt it's the ram. Usually it's the PSU or CPU that's overheating. Cleaning is a good start.
June 3, 2011 1:09:38 AM

What is the brand and model (not just wattage) of the PSU? It could also be what is shutting down under load.