Solved Are ram heat-spreaders neccessary?

May 5, 2012 at 20:14:24
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate w/ SP1, Intel Quad-Core i5-760/ 4.00RAM
I've been handed a couple of ram heat-spreaders & not sure whether to install them 'cause I have no clue if they can be an advantage or not. Just what do they do? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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May 5, 2012 at 20:25:02
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If you RAM needed heat spreaders the manufactures would have installed them. If they didn't then they are not needed.

They do what the name suggests, spread the heat around so it can more easily be dissipated by the air flow.

Providing you have adequate air circulation then RAM overheating is the least of your worries.


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May 5, 2012 at 22:29:49
I think the only RAM that actually required heat spreaders was RDRAM. Open up any modern Dell or HP machine and you'll find "naked" DDR3 inside.

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May 6, 2012 at 01:56:20
I've got 2 sticks of 2GB DDR3 each installed and I think I'll just leave them be since my case have "adequate air circulation" as stated by Stuart. (CoolerMaster CM90; 3fans intake-3fans exhaust). Thanks for the reply.

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