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I was wondering which heat spreader for RAM would work better? The flat ones that come on the RAM or the little squares with the fins? I would think copper square ones with fins would dissipate more heat.
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post #2 of 14
Little squares with fins. They dissipate heat, not spread it, which is better. Removing heat is better than spreading it out.
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post #3 of 14
Exactly.

But typically the things with the fins (ramsinks ) take up more space than the heatspreaders as they do not fit flush to the RAM.
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So if i get some Geil One then i should rip off the heat spreaders and get RAM sinks
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post #5 of 14
If you would like,depends how far you are going to be pushing it,if at all.

Under normal circumstances RAM doesnt require cooling of anysort,be it passive or active.

Unless its going to be thoroughly overclocked,there is no benefit in adding RAMsinks.
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Only add heatsinks if your upping the voltage.
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
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So if i get some Geil One then i should rip off the heat spreaders and get RAM sinks
NO! That voids the warranty entirely, once you rip them off. Even if you could (They're stuck on pretty hard), it wouldn't benefit you enough.
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post #8 of 14
Also, ramsinks and heatspreaders won't help as much as a fan will, so it's better to leave the heatspreaders on and just get a case fan to blow over the RAM.
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Yes, although fins provide more surface area for cooling, if you already have heatspreaders pre-installed by the company that made your RAM, then don't remove them, because that will void your warranty.
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post #10 of 14
I would only use heat spreaders over 3.5v or so. Under that your ram will be fine. (About 2.5v for DDR2)
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