Originally Posted by TheBloodEagle
So, according to you, all those high clocked RAM kits out there are just wasting metal putting heatspreaders on them? There is absolutely 100% zero need for any kind of heatsink/heatspreader on RAM, ever? The chips are fine bare? Possibly a big scam all around?
Not so much a scam as the heatspreaders are there for looks. There's a reason all the RAM records are set with baked RAM, and that's because the thermal tape actually stops the RAM from being cooled as efficiently as if it were bare.
I've removed the heatspreaders from too many sets of RAM to count, and without fail they all offered a few extra MHz (air cooled with a fan blowing straight over them). My BH-5 that did SuperPi at 290 MHz 2-2-2-5 only managed 285 MHz with the heatspreaders in place, the last 5 MHz came from running them bare.