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A Few Hardware Bits

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  • Ram coolers? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 15, 2002 @12:17PM (#4891951)
    WTF? That thing only reduced the tempreture by half a centigrade!
  • Re:Ram coolers? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hitzroth (60178) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @01:53PM (#4892345)
    I'd suspect that a heat spreader has a greater surface area than a few RAM chips. Greater surface area + decent heat conduction = better cooling. Albeit, most memory probably doesn't run hot enough for this to matter, but it is the rough equvalent of running your CPU without a heatsink. You wouldn't do that with a modern CPU, would you?
  • Re:Count me out ... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sawilson (317999) on Sunday December 15, 2002 @03:00PM (#4892729) Homepage
    My simple way of dealing with case cooling is:

    Vantec stealth 80x25 fans. They are cheap as sin,
    and really quiet. Also, I don't pull air out of the
    case at all, other than what the powersupply fans
    do. I push air into the case, and mount filters in
    front of all my fans. You can usually fit two fans
    in the front of the case pulling air in, and wedge
    a 1 dollar air conditioning filter in between the
    front fascade and the front of the case. If I need
    more cooling, I'll do a side or top fan with an
    aluminum mesh screen and trimmed air conditioner
    filter over the mesh blowing in as well. If all
    the air is blowing into the case, and it's all
    filtered, you have a lot less dust. You can get
    60mm to 80mm fan adapter kits for your processors
    and use the same vantec stealth fans to keep them
    cool. Piggy back all this with a thermaltake
    silent 360w, remove your rear fan that pulls air
    out of the case, and you have very quiet system
    that blows air out the back like a hair dryer.

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