Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Air Cooling › Rewiew: Thermaltake Spirit RS Memory Cooler
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Rewiew: Thermaltake Spirit RS Memory Cooler

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
...

Introduction/Explanations, etc.

Since I'm big into keeping my hardware for a long time (at least 2 years) and since I pretty much overclock to the maximum while still being able to use my computer professionally, I decided to invest in these swank looking DDR2 heat pipe memory coolers from Thermaltake.

Initially, I wanted to buy the Thermalright HR-07 coolers but since they weren't available local and since I couldn't run them in 4x1gig configuration, I decided to simply purchase the slightly inferior (if only slightly) Thermaltake Spirit RS coolers.


Thermaltake Spirit RS (heat pipe memory coolers)
Thermaltake website: INFO
My Cost: $15.00 US (per chip)
---------------------------------------------------------------------



...



Hardware Details

---------------------------------------------------------------------

Intel E6400 @ 3.6ghz (450x8)
Mushkin Extreme 1x1gig PC2-6400 (D9GMH) @ 900mhz w/ 2.25 vDIMM
Asus P5B-Deluxe

I decided to simply test a single DDR2 chip as opposed to having to mess with both of my dual channel ram sticks; I think the temps running single or dual should be near identical.



Test Method
---------------------------------------------------------------------

To stress the RAM, I ran each of the three below test scenarios under Memtest86 for 30 minutes. I used Memtest86's "Test #5" as others informed me this would generate the most heat.

The three separate test scenarios I carried out are as follows:

1. Tested with bare IC's
2. Tested with stock Mushkin heat spreaders
3. Tested with Thermaltake heat pipe coolers


Also, as stated above, I raised the Mushkin RAM's voltages to 2.25v; the stock maximum volts recommended by Mushkin for this D9 based RAM is 2.1v.



Temps obtained via...
---------------------------------------------------------------------

To obtain temperatures off of the IC as opposed to the heat spreader surface, I used an infrared thermometer aimed directly at the memory IC's visible through the gap at the end of the heat spreaders.

FYI, at each end of the heat spreader, be it Mushkin's stock spreader or the Thermaltake coolers, there is a very clear shot at the D9GMH IC's at the very end of the chip. This worked fairly well.

No temperature data was gathered from the heat spreaders themselves, only from the IC's.

...



...

(A tethered sensor sandwiched between the IC's and the heat spreader would have been a technically more correct reading but after reading similar reviews, I think the results will be within a degree or two regardless.)




Test Results

---------------------------------------------------------------------

Bare IC: Load = 60C / Idle = 48C

Mushkin stock: Load = 51C / Idle = 40C

Thermaltake: Load = 38C / Idle = 31C

...



...

In the end, I honestly couldn't believe how well they worked! A serious drop in load and idle temps were seen once the Thermaltake coolers were installed and tested. The stock Mushkin heat spreaders worked okay, but the addition of the heat pipe and fin assembly really put the Thermaltake cooler over the edge.

Something interesting ...

Before actually putting the chip and cooler in the machine, I took a temp reading of just the heat pipe and found that it was about the same as room ambient, 25C (room ambient was 24C).

THEN, while during the stress testing phase, I took another temp reading from the same area of the heat pipe and it read 31C; meaning, of course, that the heat pipe was actually doing it's job of jetting the dispersed heat up and into the fin assembly.


In Conclusion
---------------------------------------------------------------------

Regarding temperatures, and according to online reviews, this is about the most efficient heat pipe based RAM cooling solution you can get.

Legion Hardware's review of this same cooler showed it beating the Thermalright, dual heat pipe coolers by about 3 to 4 degrees. And to boot ... the Spirit coolers let you run in all four slots.

For those wanting to use all four slots on their motherboard, the Thermaltake Spirit RS coolers would be the better option as they have a rather thin profile and as well the heat pipe can be rotated to all sorts of angles.

To be honest, I wanted to get the HR-07's first but could not find them local ... so, impulsiveness winning me over, I decided to go with the Thermaltake Spirits as a immediate gratification compromise. After testing, I can say I'm not too concerned now as to their function ... and besides, I sort of dig the black on copper look:

...



...



(this review bROUGHT to yOU by iNSOMNIA!)
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 36
OMG that is nice! I never really knew how much heat ram produced. I might have to invest in these. GJ on the review!
Silverbullet
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4690k MSI Gaming 5  Asus GTX670 DC2OG Corsair Vengeance 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Vengeance LP Kingston SSDnow 120gb m.2 Kingston SSDnow 240gb Enermax ETS-T40-BK 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Acer GN246HL Acer X233H Logitech G710+ 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
FSP Aurum 650w Lian Li PC-V1000PII Razer Deathadder Chroma Xtrac Pad Ripper 
AudioAudio
Sound Blaster Z Sennheiser HD598 
  hide details  
Reply
Silverbullet
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4690k MSI Gaming 5  Asus GTX670 DC2OG Corsair Vengeance 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Vengeance LP Kingston SSDnow 120gb m.2 Kingston SSDnow 240gb Enermax ETS-T40-BK 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Acer GN246HL Acer X233H Logitech G710+ 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
FSP Aurum 650w Lian Li PC-V1000PII Razer Deathadder Chroma Xtrac Pad Ripper 
AudioAudio
Sound Blaster Z Sennheiser HD598 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 36
Can you still throw an OCZ XTC over top of them?
SR2 PWNS J00
(22 items)
 
SL4V3
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x intel Xeon X5650 @ 4Ghz Evga SR-2 SLi Evga GTX480s 18GB G.SKill Pi 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Iwaki RD-30 D5 with DCThermo Top Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 24" LG LCDs (16:9) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX-Cherry Black Mechanical Keyboard... 1500W Silver stone Strider Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Horizon Razer Mamba 2012 (wired) 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG FLATRON L1933TR LG FLATRON L1933TR Logitech G15 rev. 1 Silverstone Decathlon 750W modular PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Armor with 250mm side fan Logitech 2000dpi USB mouse Steel series QcK+ Auzentech X-Fi prelude 
  hide details  
Reply
SR2 PWNS J00
(22 items)
 
SL4V3
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x intel Xeon X5650 @ 4Ghz Evga SR-2 SLi Evga GTX480s 18GB G.SKill Pi 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Iwaki RD-30 D5 with DCThermo Top Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 24" LG LCDs (16:9) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX-Cherry Black Mechanical Keyboard... 1500W Silver stone Strider Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Horizon Razer Mamba 2012 (wired) 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG FLATRON L1933TR LG FLATRON L1933TR Logitech G15 rev. 1 Silverstone Decathlon 750W modular PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Armor with 250mm side fan Logitech 2000dpi USB mouse Steel series QcK+ Auzentech X-Fi prelude 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by H3||scr3am View Post
Can you still throw an OCZ XTC over top of them?
No way could you put the OCZ cooler over them ... but you could certainly use a spot cool fan or some other sort of fan arrangement ...

My armor case has that big side fan which keeps air moving over them pretty well ..
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 36
Sticky :d +rep
post #6 of 36
Nice review. I saw you post that picture on XS.
MSI Wind
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Atom 1.6Ghz Intel® 945GSE+ICH7M UMA 1GB DDR2-667 
Hard DriveOptical DriveMonitorCase
80GB N/A 10" 1024x600 MSI Wind 
  hide details  
Reply
MSI Wind
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Atom 1.6Ghz Intel® 945GSE+ICH7M UMA 1GB DDR2-667 
Hard DriveOptical DriveMonitorCase
80GB N/A 10" 1024x600 MSI Wind 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wankerfx View Post
Nice review. I saw you post that picture on XS.
Yeah ... I like to copy certain articles to different forums.

I know some guys on Xtreme systems who refuse to get an account here for some reason.

...

Also, some products don't have many reviews online (like these) and since search engines respond nicely to the forum posts and titles ... I like to have several copies out there ..

    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 36
If I had decent ram, I'd buy something like that.
post #9 of 36
Wow i never realized how hot RAM got these days; i'm still stuck on DDR 400. They're bare and don't even get warm to the touch.
post #10 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dskina View Post
If I had decent ram, I'd buy something like that.
They are only 15.00 bucks each; by them for the bling!

    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700K @ 4.7ghz Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Seahawk X 1080 ti 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3200mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB Samsung Evo 950 LG Blu Ray / DVD  H115i Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer XB270HU Logitech G710 EVGA 1000w Corsair 780T 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 My girlfriends butt. Asus z170 onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Air Cooling
Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Air Cooling › Rewiew: Thermaltake Spirit RS Memory Cooler