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A quick pic of my current RAM:


It came out a tad green looking, it was a quick pic...but you get the idea. Those are Samsung 30 nm RAM sticks with aftermarket copper heat spreaders that I painted. Not quite as polished as something like the Corsair white lp modules, but I liked it. There is not much in the way of white RAM on the market, and Corsair's "low profile" memory is regular height DDR3, just without a massive heat spreader attached. The Samsung RAM I have is half height, so those heat spreaders actually have a lot of room up at the top.

Anyway, I wanted a better, more sleek looking solution. My favorite heat spreaders are either the Mushkin redline/blackline ones or the G.Skill Ripjaws ones. I was thinking about buying one of those kits and painting the heat spreaders, but then I thought, why not paint the RAM itself? Cautious of destroying my RAM, I decided to test this on some old RAM I had lying around. Here's a 1 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM and a 512 MB DDR2 DIMM:


Stickers removed and ready for paint, I tested both sticks before hand and they're still in working order thumb.gif


First coat. I painted one in regular red spray paint and the other in a primer. I can already see the normal paint isn't adhering well, if the sticks survive I'm going to recommend using a primer first. To prep all I did was remove the stickers and wipe gently with a cloth, no liquids and no abrasive materials.


In a few minutes I'm going to paint the back, and tomorrow I'll test em out. Is everything works out, I think I'll be picking up another set of the Samsungs I have and painting them all white.

Update

Work has been a little crazy, sorry for the delay guys. Anyway, this morning I cleaned the connectors with a little acetone and qtips. Next time around I think I'll also make use of tooth picks, this was mostly a proof of concept. The white primer came out a lot better, I'd say a primer is a must.


Finished RAM


Installed in a cheap laptop for testing


Hey look it works rolleyes.gif


Screenshot


For you non-believers, I tried to get a shot of the screen and the installed RAM.
Edited by MME1122 - 6/3/13 at 10:37am
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in before the s-storm.
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in before the s-storm.

Yup, I'm not sure if OP is srs or troll.
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in before the s-storm.

This.
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with his history, you wouldn't think him a troll, yet.... I'm not sure rolleyes.gif
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...OP, this could have worked, but there are two things wrong.

1. You didnt cover the connector pins
2. You didn't say anything about the type of paint. It needs to be non-cobductive.

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Finished, updated the OP. I didn't test the DDR2 because I would have to drag my server out of it's cabinet and find a spare monitor. If guys are really that interested in the DDR2 I'll think about testing it.
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...OP, this could have worked, but there are two things wrong.

1. You didnt cover the connector pins
2. You didn't say anything about the type of paint. It needs to be non-cobductive.

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You can either mask the connectors or strip the paint afterwards, I chose the latter. I didn't spend a lot of time on this, about an hour tops. With proper tools you can be precise and intricate by stripping the paint off, for something like RAM that isn't on a large scale it's great.
Also true, the paint needs to be non-conductive, but most paints are...you don't have to go hunting down specialized paint. Just read the label and make sure it doesn't have metallic finishes and whatnot. Also I'm not positive because I haven't tried it, but I believe the primer would protect the circuits from a conductive top coat.
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- question -what's the point of doing this ?..you can't see the modules anyway and limiting your RAM =more heat ,less OC
P.S. paint the whole laptop at list you will see your cheap S paint job..spray some on your lips too
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