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how does the heat of memory(ram) effect its preformance????

Discussion in 'Memory' started by nick_lerwill, 29 Jan 2006.

  1. nick_lerwill

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  2. ajgoodfellow

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    Hi!

    If your ram runs too hot it can affect the reliability of your memory. Some memory has been known to fail if it's too hot!

    If you're running BH5 or UTT ram you typically use a lot of volts to ensure stability - 3.2V+ (standard ram is about 2.5/2.6V or so). These modules require active cooling (a fan over them) otherwise they are unstable, are very hot to the touch and fail prematurely

    People disagree about the advantages and disadvantages of heat spreaders (which is what I think you're referring to [your link doesn't work!] (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/copy_of_Akasa.html)). Theoretically they should help as they remove the heat from the ram but people sometimes get better clocks without them. Often it depends on the quality of the thermal pads used to attach the heatsinks
     
  3. Marvt74

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    Cold temps get to a bit of a plateau aslong as you get a fan blowing over them you'll be fine.

    Watercooling/more extreme cooling has been attempted and the rewards have been very small in comparison to the effort required to make it not worthwhile