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RAM heatsink change

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I'm fond of my 8 GB PNY Ultima kit. Rock stable, was dead cheap, and helped me further OC my i3. But one thing has always worried me: the plain heatspreader it has, and the heat they emit. As i use RAM heavily with BOINC and RAM discs, i looked for a way to lower temps without adding yet another fan to my PC. Also, i've been reading some threads that state unless i have insane speeds or high volts through it, i should not get a RAM fan, especially since my sticks are still running 1.5v, underclocked (1160 MHz), and only tightened up (from 9-9-9-24 2T to 7-7-7-20 1T).

When cleaning my dad's PC after BOINC, i remembered i had a set of OCZ ReaperX RAM installed on it. As these sets have never ran at their stock speeds (highest my failmobo can handle is 667 MHz 5-5-5-18) they do not even get warm.

Then, inspiration came to me: What if i swap the heatsinks?

Here are the two lab rats:


I think i voided my warranty, but as i did not remove (the sticker) it should be still there, right?

At least OCZ was a lot more forgiving on that as i did not had to remove any sticker .

I knew i should've taken more pics of the dissasembling process, but removing the sticks from the heatsink was no easy thing, and i wanted my PC running back again ASAP (as i had some leftover BOINC tasks to do ).

Here are the end results

Sticker looks almost intact

As you see, i changed the notch orientation, as i wanted to change the orientation of the U-heatpipe for a pretty simple reason:




I didn't really want a heatpipe to touch my video card and start a firework show

Even tho these DIMMS have no temp reading sensor, they now feel warm, instead of scorching hot with the previous heatsinks. Now i gotta work on cable management to improve airflow. But so far this has been a successful mod, and looks way better than yellow clashing on a sea of red and black
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good move bro
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"Then, inspiration came to me: what if i swap the heatsinks?"

Gotta love inspiration. Good going.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital blue 300 7200rpm samsung dvd burner stock windows home premium 7 
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Dell in2020m Hyundal Vw19g2 das keyboard ocz modxtream 600 
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nzxt m59 dell laser mouse 
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OCZ VTX4-25SAT3-128G OCZ VTX4-25SAT3-128G Western Digital WD10EZEX Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD ... 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
thermaltake water 2.0 extreme liquid cooler Windows 7 profesional 64-bit Asus VS238H-P 23" Monitor Asus VS238H-P 23" Monitor 
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Asus Vs238H-P 23" Monitor Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard Cooler Master Silent Pro M 850W 80 PLUS Bronze ... nzxt m59 
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