As with all RAM marketed towards gamers and overclockers, each stick of RAM is cloaked with a large heatsink, designed to dissipate heat away from the module when it’s being used at high frequencies. The heatsink comes in “Hot Rod Red” and looks interesting with a slightly irregular design.
There are plenty of ways to make a heatsink functional, so it’s nice to see some design liberties being taken here. The heatsink is quite tall, extending above the RAM about half of the height of the stick itself.
On the rear of the heatsink, we see a solitary sticker with its specifications. With any luck, this’ll be out of site once installed.
As far as internal components go, unless you’re very unlucky RAM tends to be quite simple to install. In my case, I found that my monstrous CPU cooler was sitting over one of my RAM slots – not ideal for removing the old RAM! So I had the slide the fan up a bit, pull the RAM out carefully to the side, and then slide the fan back down.
Ultimately it went fine, but I do want to mention that RAM can be fragile, so treat it well. Once the old RAM was removed, I slotted in the new RAM in a slightly different configuration (as shown below), using the alternate pair of coloured RAM slots. This meant that I could keep my CPU cooler in its natural position – otherwise, the Geil RAM wouldn’t have fit under the cooler!