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G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Memory Question

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Just got some G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2133 and wonder how muck of a oc can you put on them.Also,does anyone use some type of ram fan cooler .I have never overclocked ram before and it must heat up some so how do you keep em cool. Any tips appreciated...
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Fans are totally unnecessary for memory, OC'd or not.
In fact, memory will run cooler if you remove the heat sinks altogether.
Just be careful. It's easy to rip out the ICs when removing them.
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Overclocking result will vary from kit to kit, so you just need to raise frequency and timings to see how you can go, or lower frequency and lower timings to see what they can achieve.

DDR3 runs very cool, so you don't have to worry about heat. G.Skill does make a memory cooler that lowers memory temps by about 10 degrees, but it is not absolutely necessary. Some people like their hardware as cool as possible though.

The guy above is incorrect, heat spreaders are designed for a reason, they are not solely aesthetic pieces. The thermal adhesive transfers heat across the heat spreader evenly so the memory cools more efficiently. Sure, many heat spreaders are unnecessarily big and bulky, but they still serve their purpose of dispersing heat more evenly/efficiently.

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The guy above is incorrect, heat spreaders are designed for a reason, they are not solely aesthetic pieces.

I beg to differ. Memory never had heat spreaders until the manufacturers decided they had to have someplace to put their advertizing. A lot of it still doesn't..
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DDR and DDR2 ran much more hot compared to DDR3 and DDR4, that's why heat spreaders were designed to disperse heat more evenly across the memory module. Standard spec RAM always runs within temp range, so that's never an issue. Extreme or overclocking RAM is the type that needs more efficient cooling to prevent excessive heat. As a result, not everyone needs heat spreaders. Any logo on the heat spreader is used to identify the brand and modules. I can't be considered advertising, how many people look inside a computer case to see what RAM is used? That's barely any exposure at all.

These days most DDR3 runs very cool, even high speed, high performance, so heat spreaders aren't completely necessary, but some people do overclock and push the RAM beyond limits. With any hardware, it's always best to keep temps as low as possible to prolong the lifespan, so whether overclocking or not, the heat spreaders are beneficial in keeping the memory module efficiently cooled. Help a lot, or help a little, it's still not useless or designed for advertising purpose only.

I can side with you that some are stupidly large and I don't see why they need to be so big or fancy, but that's just because people like them, so they make them.

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Then I guess we agree to disagree.............
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