[SATLUG] DDRmemory cooling

herb cee hc at lookcee.com
Thu Jun 19 14:14:41 CDT 2008

Brad Knowles wrote:
> Geoff wrote:
>> seems I remember reading somewhere that /swap should be around half of
>> your RAM.  That just doesn't sound right, but my swap size is around
>> 256mb and I've got a total of 512mb of ram.  (*shrug*)  someone around
>> here knows.
> The rule has always been that swap should be two to three times as 
> large as the amount of physical RAM you have in the box, but when you 
> have machines with 64-256GB of RAM, maybe that no longer makes sense.  
> But so long as you've got something like 4GB of RAM or less, I'd 
> certainly follow that rule.
>> Personally, I wouldn't think that RAM draws enough current to heat up
>> what warrants the needs of any special cooling, Herb. 
> It does.  The three biggest failures seen in most servers are hard 
> drives, power supplies, and RAM.  The first two are typically due to 
> heat built up caused by large amounts of current being used or 
> physically rotating media, but RAM tends to fail for similar reasons 
> -- precisely because no one ever seems to think that they need to cool 
> their memory properly.

Yeah the RAM slots sit sideways to the air flow and the 256mb stick gets 
fairly hot but the 1gb stick get too hot to handle, I know they make 
something called a heat spreader for RAM modules, If anyone has 
experience with this I would appreciate knowing. I already have replaced 
the standard CPU cooling fan with a case fan and added a second case fan 
in the front pulling air in.  I am thinking of rigging a fan to blow 
down on the RAM slots, I have a fan. It will of course add to the watts 
but should keep the RAM cooled. Temp got to 104 earlier in the week and 
the machine stayed alive. It's 101 as i type this.

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