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neo4000 Jul 24, 01
I just read the Thermaltake Memory Cooling Kit Review and I wanted to ask this question. Would two sticks of memory with the heat dissipaters fit in together or can you only have one stick of memory with this product?

Thanks,
neo4000
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neo4000 Jul 25, 01
Hello?
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Rand Sep 15, 02
What a peice of $#!+ review. "Performance: 87%." Are you sure it wasn't 88% or 84%? Where did you place the thermal probe? With the heatspreader on, you surely couldn't have gotten it in physical contact with the RAM (as you we able to without the spreader). My guess is the delta is due to nothing more than the placement of the probe. When a reviewer doesn't tell you how he made his measurements, it is always suspect.

Also, did he re-measure the ambient temp before each test? Was it exactly the same (to a 10th of a degree)?!?!? I find that hard to believe (thermostats aren't that percise).

I am tired of seeing these review sites throwing this kind of crap around because people end up believeing it. How many people wasted $10 on this thing because they actually thought it would work?
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Gxcad Sep 15, 02
heh, I got one. I kinda knew it wouldn't help much but I kinda got it for fun too=). To answer the first question, with the heatspreaders on you can still install ram on the neighboring slot, but not with the ramsinks (which IMHO are better used on graphics card memory if your graphics card already doesn't have ramsinks to begin with). Gotta agree with you this isn't much of a review, and feedback such as yours is precisely the point of this thread. This way, the staff of neoseeker can be informed this was a poor review and improve future reviews. Just hope you didn't hurt their feelings:D.

-Gxcad
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CleavesF Sep 15, 02
GX! shhhhhh... keep it down. before Entity demods us and bans us forever for thinking this is a bad review...
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Redemption Sep 16, 02
If the heatspreaders don't have any cooling benefit at all, why do companies like Corsair use these in their high performance RAM? Is it just a marketing gimmick? To make the RAM seem more advanced for instance?

Btw how many of you have found your RAM to cause lockups due to heat issues?
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CleavesF Sep 16, 02
It is a good gimmick. That is if it is. I mean it makes sense it does dissipate heat, but I don't think significantly. Hense the area of the heatsink doesn't cover that much more area than the ram itself.

I never had any problems with ram heating up, I mean sometimes when I open up my case they're covered with dust, but then I just vaccum and they work exactly the same.

I believe the air flow from my intakes cools them enough.
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VeGiTAX2 Sep 16, 02
Many higher end companies end up bundling the heat spreaders with the ram. Even mushkin puts it on all of their high performance line memory. Even if the benefit is marginal the heat difference is enough for a bit more tweaking.

I used the heatspreaders listed on some of my generic DDR and it seems to allow for some performance gain depending on your situation. Without the heatspreader I was only able to run the memory at standard/automatic settings and 139mhz

With them I was able to alter my timing and push it to 147mhz without lockups. Although it's a given that with generic memory cases will vary quite a bit.
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Redemption Sep 19, 02
Actually I'm tempted to take off the heatspreaders on our PC3200 Corsair XMS ram and seeing whether it will still clock at 333 stably or allow the same timings.

The question becomes whether or not people need to buy these to increase their likelyhood of an overclock... I'm leaning towards the idea that it depends a lot on what's limiting your RAM.
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Gxcad Sep 23, 02
I think ram looks better with heatspreaders on them (unless they are some ugly color or design or something). Cooling wise I doubt they'd make enough difference for anything significant, my ram didn't do any better before/after. They may also protect the actual chips themselves from damage, and they use them as "warranty void if removed" so users can't start picking at the memory chips without voiding the warranty, which makes sense from their point of view. I also think it has to do with marketability, kind of like how abit puts fans on the northbridge even though the NB chip is speced to run fine up to 110c (yes thats celsius). I've run nb heatsinks with the fan unpluged on abit and epox mobos with perfect stability, and the heatsinks on those are pathetic in size. Infact the fans almost always fail after a few months (since they are small sleeve bearing fans afterall) and start whining. All that just for marketability because a mobo with a fan seems faster? Kinda like a videocard with a fan huh? Don't get me wrong some parts NEED a fan, but its overrated just how much cooling is necessary such as the nb chip. These days it is still entirely possible to get a computer with only 2 absolute must fans - the psu and the cpu. Getting back to the heatspreaders, I think for the most part these benefit the companies, not the performance of the ram, although I don't think it can hurt in that respect either.

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