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How important are they? How hot can a set of 667MHz DDR2 get? Is it worth is to spend the extra bucks on RAM with heatsinks vs those without?
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post #2 of 11
Definately get ram with heatsinks. If you are going to be overclocking I would think that any ram you buy should come ramsinks.

If it does not come with ramsinks you should ask here and post a link to see what the community thinks about your ram purchase. We are usually honest although it might sting a little.
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post #3 of 11
RAM in general, doesn't get that hot to be concerned about. As long as you have adequate air circulation in your case, it's fine.
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IMO, they are there for looks more than anything. (except maybe the heat pipe ones that actually have fins and such) If you have adequate case airflow, you are fine. the only reason the RAM will get hot is when you start raising the voltages.
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the heat sinks just keep the heat in on the ram. ur better off buying a antec spot cooler and placing them on the ram. my corsair xms2 got so hot with the heat sink it melted the serial number right off. CORSAIR SUX. KINGSTON RULES
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Cool thanks. I'm at lookin at these cuz they are cheap, and after rebate, they're FREE. Yes, I said FREE. http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...id=RAM.346.314

EDIT: Daaaaaaaaamn, sold out at my 3 local stores. 2 days ago they had 10+ in stock everywhere. Ohhhhhh well.
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I personally like the ramsinks, but they're just for the aesthetics. The major reason they heat up and tend to give the impression they are good for cooling is because they heat up sometimes.

However, since they is no thermal paste between them and the ram chips, how the heck do they transfer the heat? Most of the heat transfers to the ramsink by convection because of the lack of thermal paste, so you might as well loose them altogether from the performance p.o.w. Put some thermal paste and they'll actually become useful, if not they're just pretty.
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Thaks for the insight everyone!
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post #10 of 11
my heatspreaders on my cellshock actually have thermal paste inbetween, which should help
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