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Hello everyone,

I am about to commence on one of those ridiculous, mega-overkill builds using a Rampage IV Extreme, and I am wondering: should I add two RAM blocks into the plans for my second water loop (which is currently res > pump > rad > GPU > chipset)?

Do RAM blocks actually make any difference, no matter how minor? And if I were to cool the RAM, would it impede on the flow of water to everything else?

Many thanks in advance for your responses.

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post #2 of 18
No most ram now a days come with theyre own heat dissapating sinks. plus they never really get hot anyway
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I think it depends on how much overclocking you're going to try doing to the memory. If you purchase expensive memory that can overclock well it might be worth it.

I think you're going to have to research how much your mobo will allow you to overclock the memory, then check the memory you are planning on purchasing to see if anyone has achieved an overclock with it that was high enough to cause the chips to warm up significantly.

I hear some of the newer 4 channel kits can get quite warm when running at full speed. I doubt any of them would get hot, but it's all about extending lifetime while overclocking and reducing heat helps in that respect..

Best bet is to go into the water cooling threads and ask a few people who are overclocking their memory if it was worth the added cost.
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I think it depends on how much overclocking you're going to try doing to the memory. If you purchase expensive memory that can overclock well it might be worth it.
I think you're going to have to research how much your mobo will allow you to overclock the memory, then check the memory you are planning on purchasing to see if anyone has achieved an overclock with it that was high enough to cause the chips to warm up significantly.
I hear some of the newer 4 channel kits can get quite warm when running at full speed. I doubt any of them would get hot, but it's all about extending lifetime while overclocking and reducing heat helps in that respect..
Best bet is to go into the water cooling threads and ask a few people who are overclocking their memory if it was worth the added cost.

+1. Thank you very much. I'm currently looking at Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz (32GB: 8 4GB DIMMs) as I really can't justify paying 3x as much for Dominator memory. I guess WCing is pointless... would one of those RAM fans be sensible?
 
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post #5 of 18
People water cool RAM for looks, not performance. If ram has good heatsinks they wont run hot with minimal air movement. Regarding fan, it depends. I bought a ram fan for mine, and it made temps slightly worse using IR gun and a surface temp probe (at first didnt believe IR gun). If you have a rad at top with push/pull for instance like mine, and bringing air through rad into case with 1200 rpm fan speed (like in my avatar) the air movement is better then putting on a ram fan (which typically are weaker, and hence only served to block the better air movement). Without ram fan temps with prime max ram with overclocked ram, temp was 48C max. Using the ram fan (which blocked air flow from rad fan which is just above ram), temps went up to 51C. But either temps would suffice.
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post #6 of 18
If you can spot/ Time difference between OC ram and just normal Ram il give you a medal.
post #7 of 18
It really is for aesthetics only. Also you can't really overclock the Vengeance ram unless you remove the heatsinks, meaning losing warranty. You also won't need a fan either. The sticks won't overclock all that well more than likely and even if you increased the Vdimm to 1.65V it won't be throwing out enough heat to require a fan.
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It really is for aesthetics only. Also you can't really overclock the Vengeance ram unless you remove the heatsinks, meaning losing warranty. You also won't need a fan either. The sticks won't overclock all that well more than likely and even if you increased the Vdimm to 1.65V it won't be throwing out enough heat to require a fan.

Okay. Many thanks.
 
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post #9 of 18
Pretty much anything except the CPU that you water cool will require you to remove their factory cooling solution and could void warranties. Some companies will have some leeway regarding this, but if you have to damage the heat spreaders to remove them then your warranty would likely be toast. Of course, if you're spending 2-4 grand on an enthusiast computer system including water cooling, the cost of memory is a minor one compared to the rest of the system.
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post #10 of 18
I always hear that OCing ram doesn't really see any real improvements in performance. That aside, i have OC'd DDR2 ram a good amount with just factory heat spreaders and no extra fans, doesn't seem like heat is a big issue for them.
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