Heatspreader + heatpipes = win? Team Group thinks this is the way forwards for high-performance DDR2...
Today, Team Group showed us the fruits of its collaboration with a leading heatsink manufacturer - did you ever wonder if your memory heatspreaders were big enough to make a difference?
Team Group thinks that its latest memory product might help overclockers achieve wet dreams quicker with its oversized sink, spreader and pipe combination.
The monstrosity on top of the company’s latest product is a heatpipe solution that was actually designed by ThermalRight – the company famous for its high-performance CPU coolers.
It looks like the two companies have essentially bolted an aluminium heatpipe onto either side of the memory heatspreaders in an attempt to keep the memory much cooler.
We’ve yet to see additional cooling really make a difference to memory performance, but both Corsair and OCZ have gone their separate ways on the next generation of memory cooling. In that respect, Team Group has gone in another completely different direction too.
The current modules using this heatpipe technology are only rated at PC2-8500 (or 1066MHz) and available in 2GB dual channel kits (2x1GB). The clocks are quite low by today’s high-performance memory standards, but there should be some decent headroom.
On a slightly related note, the company was also showing off 4GB dual channel kits rated at DDR2-800MHz as 4GB is going to become the next ‘standard’ memory configuration in enthusiast systems. We should start to see this transition over the course of the year as Vista adoption gathers pace.
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