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Are Heatspreads or Ram fans important?

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I've been using my ram for a while and decided to tighten up the timings.
To my surprise, these are actually quality sticks. lol

These are the ones that I have.

http://www.hitechvendors.com/p-5163-...op-memory.aspx

Would adding a Ram fan or heatspreads help me with tightening timings or overclocking? Or are they just a marketing gimmick at lower speeds?

Right now my Ram is at:
1280Mhz
7-7-7-20 1T @ 1.6v

That seems pretty decent for a pair of 1333mhz cl9 ddr3. lol

Should I up the voltage and continue to push the MHZ/Timings?
Or would I need heatspreads/a fan to help cool the Ram?
    
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post #2 of 11
lol, they are a gimmick.
post #3 of 11
It really depends on how warm they get... I had an older set of RAM that got god aweful hot when gaming for long periods of time.. don't know why but those heatspreaders definitely helped move the heat away from those chips. Now-a-days though you shouldn't have as much to worry about, they do however give the RAM a nice cutting edge look if I can say so myself.
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lol, they are a gimmick.
Not entirely. If you're seriously overvolting the heatsinks can be useful. Fans, however, I'd have to agree.
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My bad, I should have been more specific.
Heat spreaders are good. It's better than naked RAM.
But RAM fans are a gimmick, just like the RAM WaterBlocks.
post #6 of 11
Not till you need more than 1.8V
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Not till you need more than 1.8V
Your avy suites this thread perfectly lol
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Anything more then a small heat sink for the ram is just for show.
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I have G.Skill Eco rate at 1600 7-8-7-24-40-1T at 1.35v with heat speader on them. I'm running them ar 1600 6-8-6-20-24-1T with 1.6v and they stay cool to the tough. I would at less get some heat speaders for them for good measures.
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i got a khx fan,it also help cool the nb heatsink...so,to me,its not a total waste
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