I have Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600 ram (6gb) and I'm not an overclocker. Will adding a fan over my ram really make a difference? Is it worth the money? Here's a link to the item in question. Thanks
asked Aug 24 '10 at 16:44
Sounds like a waste of money to me, it wont help performance but it will help fight off overheating.
Most cases have sufficient airflow from stock to keep every thing at safe temperatures.
answered Aug 24 '10 at 16:57
no need, even when overclocking.
unlike CPU's with memory, increasing the voltage will only allow for a slightly higher overclock and pushing the voltage too high will cause the memory to become unstable.
In most cases the heatsink that comes on the unit is more than enough, and the airflow in the case will keep it cool.
If you want to do a test, use a ir thermal sensor or see if your multipeter came with a thermal probe, and see if the temperature of the memory is really hot. In most cases if you look up the model numbers for the chips you will see overheating temperatures of like 80C while the units will probably top out at like 40C
the only units that need a fan are the ones that come with a fan, and that is due to the company pushing the limits of a current chip design. kinda like with the pentium D's as intel began to push the limits of that core design, the power usage increased like crazy and they overheated easily.
I recommend never buying memory units like that as they don't offer much more performance but generate a lot of heat, noise and can cause overclocking problems as they put additional stress on the memory controller
answered Aug 24 '10 at 17:08