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Now, this guide will apply to just about any kind of RAM chip you would ever want to permanently mount a heat sink to, but we will focus on attaching the Tweakmonster RAMcoolers to a stick of PC3200 DDR for the example.
"Tweakmonster.com is not responsible for any damage to any hardware caused by the installation of these RAMcoolers, and installing them will most likely void your warranty. If this is a problem for you, please return them to where you got them from."
With that out of the way, let's install these bad boys! First, gather what we will need:
1) Stick of RAM that is soon to be modded.
2) Non-conductive thermal adhesive or thermal tape. We highly recommend Arctic Alumina Adhesive.
3) A few cotton swabs. (very handy tools)
4) Tweakmonster RAMcoolers (of course)
5) Isopropyl alcohol, or equivalent, for cleaning purposes.
Also, be sure to work in a spot that won't get harmed if it gets filthy. Thermal adhesive is VERY messy! It would also be good if it was a place that your work would not get harmed for a few hours while drying.
The first step that needs to be done is the RAM stick needs to be ready to install the new RAMcoolers. Most good RAM these days comes with heat spreaders already installed, which covers all of the RAM chips on both sides. While heat spreaders look very nice, they do little along the lines of actually cooling the RAM, hence why we are installing some Tweakmonster RAMoolers.
I am not going to go in depth on how to remove the heat spreaders, but basically you just remove the retention clips and then carefully peel the heat spreaders off of both sides VERY CAREFULLY so you do not damage the RAM stick in the process. Note that by doing this, you will be voiding the warranty from the RAM manufacturer in the process. If the heat spreaders are not wanting to come off easily, try heating them up SLIGHTLY with a hair dryer on low heat to make the adhesive pad a little bit more manageable.
Now that our RAM is 'bare', take a cotton swab dipped in alcohol, and clean both the RAMcooler mounting surface and the top of the RAM chip surface well.
Time to mix the adhesive!
Mix the adhesive in a 1:1 ratio, only mixing enough to attach about 4 RAMcoolers at a time so the adhesive doesn't start to 'set-up' on you before you are finished attaching everything. If your RAM has modules on both sides (most 512MB sticks do...) you will also need to let each side 'set-up' before flipping the stick over, so only do one side at a time. The RAMcoolers packaging makes an excellent surface for mixing the adhesive.
Many people like to use thermal compound to weaken the bond between the RAM chip and RAMcoolers so that they might remove the RAMcoolers at a later time. I asked Arctic Silver about this method, and they told me that they do NOT recommend doing this as a general rule. On the flip side however, you must also consider the possibility that your RAM may need warrantying sometime in the future, and so weakening the adhesive mixture slightly will allow them to be removed in that case. To do this, after mixing the 2 parts of the adhesive, immediately mix in the thermal compound in a 1:1 ratio, then install the RAMcoolers, but if you really think you will need to remove the RAMcoolers in the future, I recommend you use thermal tape instead. This can be purchased from most online retailers.
When applying the adhesive, it is best to apply the adhesive to the RAMcooler first, and then place the RAMcooler on top of the RAM chip. This tends to yield the best quality job and least amount of mess.
Try not to glue the coolers on with more than is absolutely necessary. Even though Arctic Alumina Adhesive does not conduct electricity, you want to do a quality job of gluing the RAMcoolers on so your project comes out looking as good as it performs. After you have all the RAMcoolers in place, be sure they are pressed down firmly on the surface they are being attached to and lined up straight. Let the RAM stick sit untouched for about 15-30 minutes before moving on. Follow the same instructions for the RAM chips on the other side of the RAM stick (if this applies), and then let the finished RAM module sit for an hour or two to dry thoroughly. Reinstall it, and it's party time!
That's it! You have successfully installed a unique and beautiful cooling solution that will allow you to get the most out of your high performance machine!