Do memory needs cooling? You bet if you do any sort of overclocking. What is the cheapest solution that will give you the best cooling then. Well, check out CoolIT Systems Cool RAM in this review and see if this $20 fan can do the trick that allows you push your overclocking to a new height.
Every overclocker knows that heat is your worst enemy. The best components sometime just cannot cope with the excessive heat and that’s why there are tons of products on the market design to keep the components running cool. We have seen CPU coolers, after market graphics card fans, Northbridge and Southbridge fans, memory fans, and case fans. One of these components usually do not get much attention and excitement is the memory fans. Recently Corsair has offered memory with a fan pre-attached and OCZ has come up the FlexXLC Edition to provide better cooling to the RAMs. For average users who may not be able to afford these expensive RAM modules and still wans to push their system to the limit, add-on coolers provide the best bang for our buck.. Today, we will be looking at CoolIT Systems RAM Fan, a $20 memory fan that is designed to provide added cooling and may potentially help with higher overclocking.
If you have been keeping up with the latest technology news, you sure will have heard of CoolIT Systems. They are a fairly new company but they have made a big splash with their Freezone and Eliminator CPU cooler. In fact, Bjorn3D has reviewed their Freezone CPU cooler and should have the Eliminator cooler in the near future. The company’s main product line is PC component cooling, ranging from CPU, memory, and peripheral cards.
THE RAM Fan
Contrast to the Freezone and the Eliminator, the name RAM Fan is rather dull name from CoolIT Systems, but if it performs well then who cares about a dull name.
The RAM Fan is packaged in a rather simple plastic box. The fan is not being held on the box so it’s freely to move around inside the box, luckily the fan is held in place by a piece of metal so it shouldn’t be too easy to break or damage.
- Size: 60x60x10 mm
- Airflow: 17.74 CFM
- Speed: 4200 RPM
- dBA: 31.6
- Power: 12V/2W
- Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86ghz @ 3.5ghz
- Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Rev 1
- 2 x 1Gb Corsair DDR2-800 RAM 2.0v & @ 1ghz 2.1v
- Foxconn 8800GTS 320mb
- Antec NeoHE 550watt PSU
- Antec P180-B Case
- Swiftech Apogee GT + MCP655, & Koolance EHX-1050BK
- Extech 470 Multimeter
+ Good performance
+ Easy Installation
+ Good performance
+ Blue LED
– Slightly noisy
– No temperature monitoring or adjustmentment ability
– May have clearance issue with large heatsink
– Possible damage the memory with the metal touching the RAM