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Does ram heatspreaders touching matter?

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I have 2 4GB modules of Patriot IEM PVI38G160C9K memory, I wish to purchases a another set to make 16GB total although I have tried putting the ram together and it looks like the heat spreaders touch each other, they don't really get hot at all as they are only at 1600MHz 1.5V but could this cause an issue with short circuiting or something. I just wondered if it's normal for the heat spreaders on ram to touch or if it's a bad thing.

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No, it's fine. If anything, the heat dissipation might be slightly improved by like 0.001% hehe because the surface area is SLIGHTLY increased by connecting the heatsinks.

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It's OK as long as the fit isn't tight because the heatspreaders aren't connected electrically to anything on its own DIMM. OTOH a tight fit can make a DIMM tilt in its socket and cause poor electrical contact. And while it's OK for heatspreaders to touch one another, slightly, but it's bad if a heatspreader touches a bare DIMM circuit board.
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