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post #1 of 12
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Let me start this off by saying I work at a hackerspace, so I have free unlimited access to tools and machines that many others do not have, (e.g. laser cutter, milling machine, 3D printer, etc.)

I am going to take 16GB of Samsung RAM for my extensive build upgrades, add some aluminum heatspreaders, and engrave them with my name.

My questions for you are these:

1. Do you know if the paint they use on these is latex or powdercoat? (So I know if I can get some better colors and still engrave and have it look nice and not burnt tongue.gif)

2. What other things should I get engraved on the heatspreaders?

3. Do you think it would be more worth it to just make my own spreaders, considering they are mostly for decoration because Samsung RAM runs pretty cool?

4. Are there other things that I could easily engrave in a PC to make it obvious that they are unique?

Thank you for taking the time to read this frivolous and mostly decoration-oriented post.
post #2 of 12
This sounds like a really cool project and I hope that you post a build thread.

One of the most important things to with heatspreaders is to make sure that they conduct heat. The type of paint that you use can actually prevent heat transfer and increase the heat. I believe that powdercoating will let heat through, but I'm not sure. I'm almost positive that latex is a thermal insulator.

Make sure the heatspreaders have good contact, Enzotech makes some aftermarket RAM heatsinks you might want to borrow the design from them.

Good luck on this sweet project.
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Originally Posted by Droviin View Post

This sounds like a really cool project and I hope that you post a build thread.

One of the most important things to with heatspreaders is to make sure that they conduct heat. The type of paint that you use can actually prevent heat transfer and increase the heat. I believe that powdercoating will let heat through, but I'm not sure. I'm almost positive that latex is a thermal insulator.

Make sure the heatspreaders have good contact, Enzotech makes some aftermarket RAM heatsinks you might want to borrow the design from them.

Good luck on this sweet project.

Can those fit on the super low profile Samsung DIMMs? And they are prepainted, I just want to know what kind of paint they use so I can know whether it will take laser engraving well.
post #4 of 12
I don't think those will fit the super low profile Samsung RAM. I don't think they are pre-painted, but are just copper.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Droviin View Post

I don't think those will fit the super low profile Samsung RAM. I don't think they are pre-painted, but are just copper.

Yeah, they are. I found other ones that are painted. Never mind, I am going to get red and black Vengeance and engrave that.
post #6 of 12
Anodized aluminum can be laser engraved. It blows out the dye in the anodizing, turning it a nice frosty white.
post #7 of 12
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Anodized aluminum can be laser engraved. It blows out the dye in the anodizing, turning it a nice frosty white.

Would you happen to know whether the Vengeance heatsinks are made of anodized aluminum?
post #8 of 12
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Would you happen to know whether the Vengeance heatsinks are made of anodized aluminum?

yes they are Anodized. heat spreaders for memory should not be painted.
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Crucial MX100 256 gig Crucial M500 120gig WD VelociRaptor 1TB Noctua 
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Windows 7 Pro 64bit LG 29inch widescreen DP LG 29inch widescreen DP Corsair K65 
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post #9 of 12
Well, I'd paint them, but with an airbrush. Absolutely bare minimum. Anodized aluminum is better. And yeah, those are definitely aluminum.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

yes they are Anodized. heat spreaders for memory should not be painted.

Ok then. I think I will peel off the labels on the Vengeance, get all the gunk off, then put my name and designs there. This RAM will look so cool! If you want to see the build in which these are going, here is the link.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1363291/the-switch-810-ferrari-enzo-mod
Edited by KeyboardXpert - 2/23/13 at 5:38am
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