Processor: Intel QX6700 (Supplied by Intel)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X38-DQ6 (Supplied by Gigabyte)
Memory: G.Skill PC2-8800 2x2GB PI (Supplied by Thermaltake)
Graphics Card: ASUS HD 3870 TOP (Supplied by ASUS)
Cooling: Thermaltake MaxORB (Supplied by Thermaltake)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Temperatures were read with a thermal probe similar to the one used in our T.E.C.C. unit. A probe was placed next to a memory module and held in place with a strong tape to keep it from moving. This allowed us to get an accurate temperature reading of the memory module. Several tests were performed, with and without the cooler to ensure accuracy. The memory was tested with and without the RamOrb and with and without the fan being powered. This was mainly conducted to answer my own questions of the usefulness of the fan.
To stress the memory I ran a 32M SuperPI test and read the results at the end of Loop 10.
Just to note, the G.Skill memory used for testing runs at only 1.8 Volts and does not get very warm under standard load. The memory is extremely efficient at 1100MHz. Most enthusiasts looking to cool their memory will be running in the 2.2 to 2.4 Voltage range and your results should show a larger reduction in temperatures than our G.Skill PI.
With the ambient air temperature of 25.5 degrees, the RamOrb was able to keep the memory module to just 32.1 C when the fan was activated. The chart shows the progression of the cooling, all the way down to just a bare memory stick. The memory running without a shield rose to near 40C under load.
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