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I'd *really* like to use an EK Acetal + EN block for my RAM. They have one that will cover 6 DIMMs, and an "X4" model that covers 4. Both mention older socket architectures, but my guess is that they will work just fine with RAM on the Rampage IV Extreme, as long as the width is correct.

Q: Is the X4 wide enough to cover all 4 DIMMs on each side of the proc, or should I go with the more-current block (likely designed for 1366 boards, where the RAM is all on one side of the proc)?

Q2: If I want 2400 MHz RAM, I only see a G.Skill offering (Corsair offers something here, too, but no one seems to stock it). Does anyone out there have any good experiences with blocks for this brand? I know that most generic waterblocks are pretty sucky to install (at least *way* more effort than the EK blocks, that's for sure).

I'd love to hear your comments. Thx to all!
Edited by mBrane - 2/7/12 at 8:42am
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Not to be rude, but do you have a reason for putting water blocks on your RAM? Memory in general does not produce much heat and nearly all performance memory modules have some form of extra heat dissipation system built in. Additionally, since I don't imagine that you will be running these waterblocks on a completely separate loop, the coolant is likely going to be hotter than the memory. Thus it would make the ram hotter. Then if you did run a separate loop, the loop would be rather inefficient as the temperature gradient would be rather small. So really watercooling your RAM is not very useful and would exacerbate your perceived temperature issue.
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Not to be rude, but do you have a reason for putting water blocks on your RAM?

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Memory in general does not produce much heat and nearly all performance memory modules have some form of extra heat dissipation system built in. Additionally, since I don't imagine that you will be running these waterblocks on a completely separate loop, the coolant is likely going to be hotter than the memory. Thus it would make the ram hotter. Then if you did run a separate loop, the loop would be rather inefficient as the temperature gradient would be rather small. So really watercooling your RAM is not very useful and would exacerbate your perceived temperature issue.

I thought that Gabe (Swiftech) had put the single-vs-dual loop issue to bed by now.

If you have data supporting that a RAM waterblock actually works in reverse in single-loop systems (ie. transfers heat *to* the RAM vs. away), please cite.

Now, back to our regularly-scheduled thread... wink.gif
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OK, because evidently *no one* on the Internet is considering waterblocks for their RAM, I made an executive decision and ordered the X4 version of EK's Acetal + EN RAM waterblock.

Given that the x79 platform has 4 DIMMs on each side of the CPU, I ordered two. If these fit, I'd expect to see a resurgence in the popularity of this block.

Given that RAM can be very hot to the touch, I'm *still* waiting for that "evidence" that watercooling RAM is dumb, actually working in reverse to heat up the RAM itself. Dubious for now... thinking.gif
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