The CoolIT Systems RAM Fan ReviewSun, Mar 04, 2007 - 12:00 AM
Does Memory Really Need a Fan?
Overclockers have been strapping fans to their DDR1 and DDR2 memory modules for as long as I can remember. I first started active cooling my memory modules back in 2003, when Intel released the very first DDR2 motherboards. Back then I just secured an 80mm case fan on top of the modules and have done so ever since. This past year many memory companies are now requiring consumers to use active cooling and a few companies now offer their own active cooling solutions. With DDR2 memory reaching well over 1GHz and needing more than 2.3 Volts to get them there, memory really does need active cooling and we will show you the benefits of cooling your memory later in this article.
The CoolIT Ram Fan comes in a clear plastic clamshell package with nothing more than the Ram Fan and the insert. The RAM Fan is a simple device that provides direct air flow to cool system memory (RAM) and motherboard components. This will reduce the temperature of the memory, which will in turn increase the overclockability and longevity of the modules. Since the fan will move air around it will also indirectly help cool chipsets, voltage regulators and anything in the vicinity.
The RAM Fan is nothing more than a piece of custom cut and stamped aluminum with some double sided tape stuck to it that attaches the 60mm fan to the bracket. Due to the shape of the bracket all one needs to do for installation, is to clip it to the actual memory module itself. The power for the fan is delivered a standard 3-pin fan power header that can be plugged directly into the motherboard. The overall construction is very simple and while the use of double sided clear adhesive to hold fan on is bothersome, what does one expect for something that can be found online for just $12-$15!