How-To: Remove RAM Heat Spreaders [Kingston HyperX DDR3]

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How-To: Remove RAM Heat Spreaders [Kingston HyperX DDR3]

Postby kaomoo » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:55 am

Dear All
just like to share my experience with the above-mentioned set.

Just like everyone else, the fear of not being able to remove the heat sink before buying the RAM is a big concern

I scored 2 sets of the above to make a total of 12GB of triple channel RAM for my current project. As it turn out, it was one of the easiest to removed in memory

The heatsinks are held down purely by what turn out to be double sided tape (doesn't look like thermal pad... )


All you need is a decent heat gun. I set mine at 60 degrees C and allow the temperature to stabilised before starting work. Just run the heat sink to and flo for a few minutes till the heat sink is a little hot to handle. Gently insert a wedge on the top side of the heat sink and it will come apart nicely. Please do not rush.

you will still need to play thermal pad material on one side for the RAM33 to sit snugly.

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Re: Kingston HyperX DDR3 2000MHz Triple Channel Kit 6GB

Postby HELLFIRETOYZ » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:37 pm

I like to use the alcohol bath method. Simply lay the sticks in a pan of 90%+ Isopropyl alcohol (which you can get at Walgreen's and such) and let sit over night. The alcohol will dissolve the resin that keeps the heat-sinks bonded and it's as easy as pealing a banana:)
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Re: Kingston HyperX DDR3 2000MHz Triple Channel Kit 6GB

Postby [Koolance] Tim » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:44 am

Good info, guys! (Stickied)

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Re: How-To: Remove RAM Heat Spreaders [Kingston HyperX DDR3]

Postby DennisC10853 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:17 pm

Ok, how about Corsair Dominator ram? According to Corsair's tech support
it's impossible to remove the heat sinks without ruining the ram. The sticks
have 3 hex screws at the top which come out easily but that's as far as I got.
I wonder if they are using epoxy like the stuff you can get from Arctic Silver?
If so, acetone will loosen it but will acetone ruin the ram? I've used acetone
to clean all kinds of electronic parts but never ram. I have four Koolance
memory water blocks and I hate to waste them or buy new memory. God
knows I've put my heart and soul and most of my bank account into this
gaming computer! :roll:

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Re: How-To: Remove RAM Heat Spreaders [Kingston HyperX DDR3]

Postby Ace0751 » Mon May 13, 2013 3:59 pm

It is pretty much impossible to take the heat sinks off that type of stick especially the dominator GT RAM. Good thing about that type of RAM is they have liquid cool products that you can put right on top of the RAM to have it cooled, a friend of mine has it done that way and it beats trying to take it apart and destroying the RAM. I will post a couple links when I am able to find them again.
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