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Hello all,

I am thinking of buying two EK-RAM water blocks, but it seems that its only compatible with Corsair Dominator memory modules.

Does anyone know if there are any 3rd-party heat spreaders that are compatible with the EK-RAM water block, similar to MIPS? This one isn't compatible as its only for MIPS water blocks:

www.mips-computer.com/sg_MIPSProductline_RAMCooler_CopperBrassClassic.htm?ID=155
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post #2 of 15
I take it your on a x79 platform, I dunno but you might be better off buying some new dominator ram that will work with the blocks as intended instead of looking for custom heatsinks, isnt ram pretty cheap these days?
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post #3 of 15
It's also quite a challenge to pry off the original heatsink, as most of it seems to be "cemented" on pretty tight.. Dominator memory modules are pretty cheap, unless you are after that high speed low latency Dominator GT ram.

I don't know of a actual ram mod that will work with the EK ram water kit, and even if there was, Corsair would probably go after them for copyright infringement, Corsair ram is definitely one of a kind, go buy some... You won't regret it.. tongue.gif
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post #4 of 15
Dominator (& GT) have fins on top of the heat-spreaders that are removable using an allen-key. This method of removable fins has been around for some time across generations of Intel chipsets, which allows for Corsair to update their memory module capacity, latency & speeds whilst remaining within the Dominator (& GT) form factor. This means that a waterblock designed for Dominator memory has much longevity as though you may upgrade your ram, if you upgrade to another Dominator kit, you will still be able to use the memory block years later.

Most other memory modules have moulded heatspreaders which means that any memory block would have to be designed specifically for that module. As the heatspreaders usually change with upgrades to module capacity, latency & speed across the years, most companies that create water-blocks won't usually bother creating a waterblock for a heatspreader that is going to be obsoleted in 6 months when they could make a Dominator block that is going to be a selling product for years to come.

I hope that this helps!

Cheers, krs
post #5 of 15
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Thanks for the responses guys, I was hoping to first get 4x8GB modules, and later upgrade to another 4x8GB set but the only Dominator set that has 8GB modules on Newegg is almost $600, when I can get 1600MHz 64GB of RAM for about $300. I know there are other water cooling kits, but I already have an EK-Supreme and I plan on getting EK-FC7970 and EK-FB KIT RE4, I just wanted to match it with the rest.

Maybe I'll go bug EK if they can make heat spreaders compatible with their water blocks.
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post #6 of 15
If I could start over, I'd probably get the Bitspower universal ram blocks and stick in 4 sticks of those Samsung ram dimms. Those things clock like crazy and don't give off much heat.

2cents.gif

Edit:

Bitspower ram block

Samsung dimms (note there's only two, a 4 stick kit is recommended)
Edited by Rognin - 4/21/12 at 1:20pm
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post #7 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rognin View Post

If I could start over, I'd probably get the Bitspower universal ram blocks and stick in 4 sticks of those Samsung ram dimms. Those things clock like crazy and don't give off much heat.
2cents.gif
Edit:
Bitspower ram block
Samsung dimms (note there's only two, a 4 stick kit is recommended)

If I go the Bitspower route, I will be spending about the same compared to the EK/Dominator set so I guess I'll be going with these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233229

I'm just laughing at the "Ultra-low 10-10-10-27 latency" of this Dominator set...

Thanks for the help everyone.
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post #8 of 15
I personally highly recommend the Samsung 30nm RAM. It overclocks like a dream and really needs no heatsink or additional cooling. It's also very low-profile.

Out of 20 reviews on newegg, 100% have given the RAM a 5 egg rating.
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Buy a corsair airflow fan. and undervolt it.
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Quote:
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100% have given the RAM a 5 egg rating.

that just sounds funny... egging used to be public humiliation tongue.gif
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