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post #1 of 7
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I come to you OCN, with a question.

I am putting a new home server build together and the parts I ordered just came in. Unfortunately, they sent me the wrong memory. I ordered Patriot PSD34G1333KH and they sent me PSD34G1333K. Not a huge deal, just no heatspreaders.

Now my question to you is, should I return it for the model with heatspreaders, or should i go ahead and use the ones I got and just ask for a refund of the price difference?

Some things to know...

About the RAM:

They are Patriot 2GB DDR3 sticks running at 1333MHz, Cas-9 timings at 1.5V
More info here:

About the rest of the system:

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Motherboard (Fusion M-ITX board) - More Info Here
Some WD Caviar Green 1TB HDD
Aywun A1-8989 Case (Comes with some 150W PSU) - More Info Here

System use:

Vent server for 2-4 users at any time
SVN repository server
Possibly download box
Possibly virtualization work

It will be quite cramped inside the case, with not a whole lot of air flow. How will the RAM without heat-spreaders hold up?
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post #2 of 7
As far as I'm aware of, most heat spreaders on memory do very little if anything at all. They're mostly there for aesthetics. If you have a windowed case and like appreciating the beauty that is your computer, then I would return the memory. Otherwise, you probably won't see a difference either way.
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post #3 of 7
I would return whether heatspreaders do anything or not. You are entitled to get what you paid for.
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post #4 of 7
I honestly don't know how effective heat-spreaders work on RAM but you can't deny that those sticks do tend to get hot (yes I personally felt them myself). If you were sent the wrong sticks of memory especially when it doesn't come with the spreaders...you better get that order corrected. I feel that any memory with no spreader, heatsink, or any other type of function to dissipate heat is 'value' RAM aka...the cheap stuff.
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post #5 of 7
Spreaders are basically marketing and don't really do much. What is more important is the timings and ram performance.
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post #6 of 7
You will never ever ever need heatspreaders with generic memory becuase
1. they run cool
2. will most likely never overclock far & hot enough to the point where you will need heatspreaders.
Remember there's RAM that's even more cramped and runs in even more cramped and uncooled places i.e. laptops
post #7 of 7
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All excellent answers.

I am going to go ahead and hold onto the sticks i got and just ask for a refund on the price difference.

+Rep to all of you.
Thanks.
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