Extreme Memory Cooling: Art Eraser Insulation
Pro OC overclocker Alva “Lucky_n00b” Jonathan demonstrates how to prepare your system for overclocking with extreme memory cooling using art eraser.
Memory tweaking and tuning can be tricky sometimes, and the difficulty gets ramped up a lot more when we are extreme overclocking the memory, trying to push every last bit of performance out of it.
In this article, I will talk about the procedures I follow before putting the memory modules on extreme cold, in other words we are talking about motherboard preparation. For those of you who never do extreme memory overclocking, this topic might help you get started.
If we’re talking about extreme overclocking, we are talking about insulation to prevent condensation from ruining your overclocking session. There are a lot of methods when it comes to doing the insulation, but there’s are two types that I personally use a lot. These are:
- Art Eraser Insulation
- Dielectric Grease/Vaseline Insulation
Note: Today I will be talking specifically about using art eraser insulation. Dielectric grease/vaseline insulation will be the topic of my next article.
Extreme Memory Cooling: Art Eraser
Art eraser, also known as a kneaded eraser, is one of my preferred choices when insulating a motherboard. The eraser itself can be molded by hand to basically cover the important areas of the motherboard. This basically ensures that it is thoroughly waterproofed before starting an extreme OC session.
Here’s how I usually prep my motherboard using art eraser:
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Now that we have insulated the board, let’s get into preparing the memory module itself. I’m using HyperX Fury Black DDR4-2666 memory.
Extreme Memory Cooling Memory Module Preparation
Most people that are new to extreme memory cooling usually opt to leave the original memory heatspreaders on, perhaps using a RAM pot on top of the heatspreaders. This is fine if you’re just looking to have a quick setup, but on this occasion I’m going to change the modules heatspreaders and replace them with a EKWB Triple Point EVO module.
First, to ‘loosen’ the original heatspreader’s adhesive, I usually heat up the module to around 60-70C. At this temperature it should easily come off when I pry it open.
After this I re-assemble the memory modules using EKWB’s Triple Point Evo Modules:
Next, install the DIMMs on the board, put the RAM pot on the modules, wrap it all using paper towels, and we’re good to go!
This is how it looks using dry ice:
The main advantage of this type of insulation is that it is easily removable. This is perfect when I’m doing overclocking with a borrowed motherboard from vendors which I have to return in good condition.
Some people aren’t really comfortable with this kind of setup using art eraser mostly because they’re afraid that water will still go into the uncovered parts. In my experience, if done right, I can bench on this setup for 4-6 hours without any problems at all. However, after I’m done with each bench session (and re-heated the pots back to room temperature), I need to blow all the excess water with an air blower to remove any excess water.
One noticeable disadvantage with this kind of setup is the setup time needed to prepare the board. I can spend approximately 1 hour fully preparing a board with art eraser, re-checking to making sure no parts left uncovered.
The preparation time isn’t really ideal for live OC competitions where setup time is limited, so I usually do this at home. Hopefully this is helpful to all you guys who want to have a go at overclocking with extreme memory cooling!
(Disclaimer: Alva Jonathan is part of the HWBOT Pro OC Program, a cooperative platform for the promotion of overclocking, its community, and its partners.)
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