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Originally Posted by rx7speed View Post
cause if it performs the same acts the same then why spend the extra money on a name?

if it performs the same, acs the same then how does the cheap ram suck?
Same reason why people by brand named shirts instead of plain normal ones....

they serve same purpose no?

but ... bigger e-peen!
    
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Because it looks and sounds cooler.

I'd rather have 4GB of Crucial Ballistix DDR2 Memory with gold and silver heatspreaders than 4GB of generic exposed chip crap.
If you want form over function....get a Mac.
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Excellent points but I disagree.

While I know this isn't the topic of the thread we all know that air is a terrible conductor of heat. It's more of an insulator than anything. Having all of that warm air trapped in between the heat spreader and the PCB isn't doing anything to help cooling because you are relying on low case temperatures and active cooling to help dissipate the heat and in the process are losing out on warm air's natural ability to rise up.

In either case the reason why heat spreaders are supposed to work is because you are increasing the thermally conductive surface area. Even a slight increase in surface area is better than nothing so with the OCZ heat spreaders you retain the air's ability to rise up and away from the modules as well as an increase in conductive surface area. This isn't just an OCZ fanboy trying to make a claim for his favorite memory.

It's the best of both worlds in my opinion.

Frankly I think heat spreaders are a complete sham unless you have extremely high ambient temperatures with active cooling and these companies like Crucial, G.Skill and yes, even OCZ with their Reaper series of memory are just out to make some extra cash. Let's face it, most of us won't put much more than 2.2v into our memory so slap some active cooling on some generic sticks without heat spreaders and you'll be just as well off.

With a fan pointed at them I doubt you'll see your temperatures rise above anything that the modules can handle and you can pocket the extra cash for something else.

The only reason I go with brand name modules is the warranty. Lifetime means peace of mind.
few things to think about though also. heat spreaders are designed to increase surface area your correct. but also many of them are held in place by thermal tape. thermal tape is not a very good conductor of heat and could possibly act as more of an insulator then anything.
the increase of surface area isn't all that great on top of that being most heat spreaders are a more or less flat surface. it would be better if they where more of a finned setup as that would increase surface area quite a bit but yet many are not.
the OCZ units do have a little more surface area but they also don't promote a good surface to surface contact with the IC's on the ram.
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you question cant be answered, if it is indeed cheaper to manufacture them, that would be the difference between buying a normal toilet seat, or a gold plaited toilet seat, alot of pointless crap people buy these days, if you happy with your cheaper ram then your in a win win situation right there
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there are also a lot of ways to cut cost that won't involve hurting the product. few of those might be outsourced manufacturing, lower advertising budgets, efficient workforce and product management, and also not giving as high of a mark up on the products.
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the OCZ units do have a little more surface area but they also don't promote a good surface to surface contact with the IC's on the ram.
So perhaps instead of just the current design they should go with a solid piece of metal directly over them and then the mesh in between. It would still be an open design but there would be full contact with the top of the IC's where the heat could be transfered out to the "honeycomb" design.

You'd have that much more surface area to absorb the heat but still have the open concept to dissipate it.

Hmm...I wonder if I can score some cash for pitching this idea?



To be honest, there's no reason why any 2GB kit should be over $100, D9 chips or not. 4GB kits are retailing for under $100 pretty frequently and while they may not overclock as well as some of the more expensive kits they still get the job done.

Again my advice is to go with the cheaper brand if it will work for you. That gold plated toilet seat analogy is great and very true.
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