There are some things that make little sense to me, such as judging a stick of RAM’s capabilities by the height of its heatsink, which people do…and they shouldn’t. I never quite got the giant heatsinks on RAM, anyway. Good quality RAM doesn’t run hot enough to warrant them in the first place. Manufacturers used to throw them on in case it does get hot when you OC it, which good quality RAM really still doesn’t, not to mention the fact that OC’ing your RAM has minimal performance gains, especially compared to OC’ing your CPU. Your CPU does, on the other hand, legitimately get hot when you OC it, but now you are limited in how to cool it because your giant RAM heatsinks (with no real purpose) are in the way. Now you need to bite the bullet and change to low profile (which is actually normal sized) RAM, do some type of weird cooler mod that decreases effectiveness, or get stuck with a really expensive underachieving self-contained liquid cooler. It should come as no surprise, by the way, that the pioneers of giant RAM heatsinks are the same ones pushing the liquid coolers. Coincidence, or clever marketing strategy?



When I recently made the change to Ivy Bridge, my RAM capabilities changed dramatically. Ivy officially supports DDR3-1600, but results were showing that much greater speeds were being achieved with regularity. Anything above DDR3-1600 is an OC and, like any OC, the final result is going to depend on your particular silicon. I had boards capable of supporting DDR3-2400 and 2600 speeds, so I wanted to find some RAM that I could use to get the most from the memory controller on my 3570K. I also had the requirement that the RAM be standard height so that it would not interfere with the coolers I review here at HTL, and I certainly didn’t want it interfering with my everyday cooler. You would think that standard height DDR3 RAM at speeds over DDR3-2000 would be easy to find…but the variety is slim. Almost everything I found had gigantic heatsinks that never even became warm to the touch under load. Most of the ones I tried had heatsinks that were purely decorative and did absolutely nothing to aid in cooling the RAM. Thankfully, there are a couple of top quality kits out there that have the speed, and are standard profile to let an enthusiast cool the CPU (you know…the component that actually requires better cooling) without interference.



ADATA XPG Xtreme DDR3-2133X 8GB Memory Kit meets of all the needs of today’s enthusiast. While the ADATA XPG Xtreme 2133X is c=base clocked at JDEC spec DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24, its XMP profile has it buzzing along at 2133MHz 10-11-10-30 at 1.65v right out of the box. Specially designed standard height heat spreaders keep the XPG Xtreme 2133X running cool, while keeping out of the way of other components in your build. Though the spreaders are standard height, there is no lack of looks in the XPG Xtreme 2133X, with polished silver aluminum spreaders sporting the embossed ADATA logo and trademark stars. For each module, ADATA uses strict binning practices for their chips, and mates them with high quality circuit boards. To keep you up and running, every ADATA XPG Xtreme kit comes backed with a limited lifetime warranty.