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I have the Alphacool RAM block on my ram kits. Single sided Micron Rev.E.

The kits come with 2x 120mmx0.5mm thermal pads. They are "stretchy" and sticky. A damn hassle to apply when you remove the plastic protective sheet.
I found the single sided kits I had mostly worked whit these. Though they are meant for dual-sided sticks, the thermal pads.

I recommend you use 1.0mm thick sheet on the backside with no IC chips. I went and got the cheapest 1.5mm thick ones they had for the backside but these are "too thick" it means the 0.5mm doesn't clamp down properly on the IC's and the heatsink. I resorted to use the included 0.5mm pads on both sides. Though it's not recommended. It worked on 3x of my RAM and the heatsink was good and didn't drop off but they were loose and you can move the heatsink around if you push too much. One kit was completely loose and the ram would drop out from the heatsink. I had to use one 1.5mm sheet for this one. You can clearly see it doesn't want to make proper contact with the IC's.

Get some 1.0mm thick thermal pads for the backside for the least amount of trouble!

The quality and W conductivity doesn't matter too much. I don't know what the included ones have but they worked alright. Can do 1.700V no trouble.

Do note the waterblock doesn't come with any thermal-pad when you apply it on-top the RAM. I recommend you use some thin-pad here. 2x 120mm sheets should do though you will have to cut them slightly. Cutting a 100mm square should work better.
It's better than to have to work with thermal paste that creates a mess and makes the block want to slide around too much. (Screws don't want to clamp down too much so the block is kinda loose and moves around)

I attached some pictures when I did this 1 month back.

Do note the heatsink doesn't reach all of the RAM IC. the closest to the motherboard is exposed and I just have the thermal pad outside the heatsink there. Has to do with the height of the RAM PCB. It's the normal height but the IC's are too low down for the heatsink too reach.
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I have the Alphacool RAM block on my ram kits. Single sided Micron Rev.E.

The kits come with 2x 120mmx0.5mm thermal pads. They are "stretchy" and sticky. A damn hassle to apply when you remove the plastic protective sheet.
I found the single sided kits I had mostly worked whit these. Though they are meant for dual-sided sticks, the thermal pads.

I recommend you use 1.0mm thick sheet on the backside with no IC chips. I went and got the cheapest 1.5mm thick ones they had for the backside but these are "too thick" it means the 0.5mm doesn't clamp down properly on the IC's and the heatsink. I resorted to use the included 0.5mm pads on both sides. Though it's not recommended. It worked on 3x of my RAM and the heatsink was good and didn't drop off but they were loose and you can move the heatsink around if you push too much. One kit was completely loose and the ram would drop out from the heatsink. I had to use one 1.5mm sheet for this one. You can clearly see it doesn't want to make proper contact with the IC's.

Get some 1.0mm thick thermal pads for the backside for the least amount of trouble!

The quality and W conductivity doesn't matter too much. I don't know what the included ones have but they worked alright. Can do 1.700V no trouble.

Do note the waterblock doesn't come with any thermal-pad when you apply it on-top the RAM. I recommend you use some thin-pad here. 2x 120mm sheets should do though you will have to cut them slightly. Cutting a 100mm square should work better.
It's better than to have to work with thermal paste that creates a mess and makes the block want to slide around too much. (Screws don't want to clamp down too much so the block is kinda loose and moves around)

I attached some pictures when I did this 1 month back.

Do note the heatsink doesn't reach all of the RAM IC. the closest to the motherboard is exposed and I just have the thermal pad outside the heatsink there. Has to do with the height of the RAM PCB. It's the normal height but the IC's are too low down for the heatsink too reach.
Thank You @Nighthog I really appreciate this. This is exactly the insight I was looking for. It seems the 1mm and .5mm Thermal Pads I purchased will Indeed Come in Handy, which is awesome! I ended up going with the Bitspower Kit, but the process looks Identical. I will let you know how it goes, the Kit should be here any minute now!

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Did you ever use your Bitspower RAM kit?

Would just like to hear if you had any success with it.

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Did you ever use your Bitspower RAM kit?

Would just like to hear if you had any success with it.
So... I haven't gotten around to pulling the Ram out of my system yet to set everything up. I have it all setting here next to me, I have for over a few months now. I am going to get her done the first chance I have, and I will be sure to post back here to let you know my experience.

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So... I haven't gotten around to pulling the Ram out of my system yet to set everything up. I have it all setting here next to me, I have for over a few months now. I am going to get her done the first chance I have, and I will be sure to post back here to let you know my experience.
I'm just curious if it's better quality & how easy to use. How it looks in comparison.

No rush. I was sitting on my kit for a few months myself before I felt the need to actually install it.
I was worried about damaging my dimms. They had some insane adhesives on them and I was worried I would break the kits getting the heat-spreaders off.

I found a plastic card I wedged in-between the memory chips & the adhesives. Took some serious work.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Nighthog View Post
I'm just curious if it's better quality & how easy to use. How it looks in comparison.

No rush. I was sitting on my kit for a few months myself before I felt the need to actually install it.
I was worried about damaging my dimms. They had some insane adhesives on them and I was worried I would break the kits getting the heat-spreaders off.

I found a plastic card I wedged in-between the memory chips & the adhesives. Took some serious work.
That is EXACTLY my worry. I have read some horror stories. I just ordered some replacement RAM JUST IN CASE I do happen to damage them, I don't want to be without my main Rig. And I have some Backup 3000 CL16 Ram, but... Well I am spoiled, and its only 16GB, So I found a deal on NewEgg for a 32GB Kit of CL16 3600Mhz, So I picked that up, figured it will be here by the time I finally decide to pull my kit and get started.

Was it really delicate work getting the old heat spreaders off?

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Well you don't want to use anything metal. You will most likely bend the original heat spreaders if they are made from thin metal.

Depends on the design of the original coolers & how they are stuck on.

I just found it easiest to flex the heatsink just enough to manage to wedge down a plastic card between the chip and adhesive. I then slowly worked my way across pushing the card through the rows of chips. As far as you manage to get something between the heat spreader the glue will release and not stick to the card. Don't rush and work your way across and don't try to rip off the the chips or break the card using too much force.

Though if your kit has screws maybe they are easier. I hope they aren't RGB, complicates things so much more. I wouldn't have done anything to such a kit at all.

A sample image of my kit with the heatsink removed. The thick pad was on the backside, there was only a sheet of glue on the chips.
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Well you don't want to use anything metal. You will most likely bend the original heat spreaders if they are made from thin metal.

Depends on the design of the original coolers & how they are stuck on.

I just found it easiest to flex the heatsink just enough to manage to wedge down a plastic card between the chip and adhesive. I then slowly worked my way across pushing the card through the rows of chips. As far as you manage to get something between the heat spreader the glue will release and not stick to the card. Don't rush and work your way across and don't try to rip off the the chips or break the card using too much force.

Though if your kit has screws maybe they are easier. I hope they aren't RGB, complicates things so much more. I wouldn't have done anything to such a kit at all.

A sample image of my kit with the heatsink removed. The thick pad was on the backside, there was only a sheet of glue on the chips.
I really appreciate your experience here, thank you!

Nope, RGB Ram, while it looks nice, for my own personal system which doesn't use a glass side panel, My only concern is performance and a good price, so thankfully no RGB. It looks like my experience will most likely be pretty similar to yours. I have G.Skill Flare X Ram, which at first glance of your picture, appears to have a very similar Heatspreader design. Here is a Stock Photo of them here for reference.



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I used a barrowch ram block for a short period of time. I was very satisfied - especially given the price point.

I installed it on some crucial ballistix that used thermal tape to attach the factory heat spreaders. I used a heat gun to warm up the heat spreaders and soften the adhesive and pulled them off with my fingers - didn't even damage the tape.

This was several revisions ago. I've since removed the block and it lives in its box in my storage room.
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