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I recently purchased some Corsair RAM during a black Friday sale (http://goo.gl/sB2Ef). And while they run very well I've ran into an issue. As you can tell the heat spreaders on these things are massive! I had to put my heat-sink fan on the opposite side of the heat-sink just to get them to fit where I need them. Unfortunately, this isn't going to work out. My CPU temps got up to 41*C during a session of Skyrim.

Anyway, would it be unwise to take the heat-spreaders off the RAM? The stuff runs at 1.5v, but I'm not sure if it would be wise to OC them with the spreaders off. I'd like to keep this set, but if I shouldn't do this then I'm going to return them.

Thanks for the help.
Edited by Cry0Tek - 11/29/11 at 9:25am
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post #2 of 6
Probably not the best idea to try to pull the spreaders off. Not cuz of heat ( one fan blowing across them solves that) but you run the risk of actually damaging the sticks trying to get the off. Things like that are made to be assembled, not disassembled.

Consider getting a higher flow fan that can pull (guessing this is what you now run with the fan switched) better for you cooler.
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I'm not sure how they are on the actual DIMMs but I think Corsair will void the warranty if the heatspreader is removed. Not sure how they would know but it's still something to think about.

1.5v DDR3 @ 1600MHz really won't run all that hot and with a case with decent enough airflow you should be alright but that's up to you. I would just try to get a better fan.
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I'm running a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, but since I switched it around I assume its pushing air toward the front instead of pushing it toward the rear fan. I've got five 140mm fans in the case too. I guess I'll just go ahead and return the things; not really worth the risk.
Edited by Cry0Tek - 11/29/11 at 10:12am
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You could try to get a slimmer fan (I'm in the middle of replacing the 212 fan in the next couple of days). In my case--with a Gigabyte board, my Corsair Vengeance sticks smash right up against the 212 fan with 16GB installed. Thus, I've removed the other two sticks on channel two (truly, eight is enough)...

I think that one of the major issues is that the fan is not blowing towards the exhaust. 41C isn't that bad, but I'm seeing approx 27C idle, OC'd to 3.6 with an unlocked core.

Since you flipped the fan to the other side, did you also reverse the clips so that the 212's fan behaves like an exhaust for the heat sink? I'm not convinced that there's enough air flow since you theoretically have two fans back to back (your hyper V fan and your case exhaust fan.

Which Corsair ram are you using? How much?
post #6 of 6
41C is certainly not a high CPU temp. and you can switch the fan so it blows to the rear.
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