AW 17 R3 memory undervolt

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    Hey all,

    I have the 17 R3 with 2x 8GB Micron ram sticks as stock, i'm a little bit cincerned that they might be nearing their max operating temperature (rated at 95c according to micron), while i don't have the means of actually recording its temps, i feel the bottom of the chassis under which the ram is located to be getting a bit too warm.

    So since undervolting my cpu has helped a lot with my temps, i thought maybe doing the same for RAM will reduce their temps, but idk how that affects performance or stability

    My ram is rated at 1.14~1.26v, and by default it runs at 1.2v, so shall i go for an undervolt or is it a lil too risky?
     
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    For the record, you cannot undervolt RAM chip since BIOS is locked out. Instead try a layer of 0.5 mm arctic thermal pads. For me temps reduced by 5-6C at idle when checking ePSA and never crossed 70C, I didn't check it though. Only witcher3 made by cpu temps to 67C and gpu 70C and all other games are well below 65C.
     
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    ePSA has memory temperature sensors?

    Are there other alternatives to cooling the ram down?, believe it or not thermal pads are an absolute PAIN to get where i live.

    Note: thanks for reps
     
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    There is BIOS support to monitor RAM temps but disabled or locked not to use by Dell. I flashed modded BIOS but it bricked.
    ePSA allows very fine grained temp monitoring on HDD,SSD, RAM,CPU,GPU,PCH,battery and other sensors.
    Where do you live? I used amazon india to get arctic pads from the US which took a month.
     
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    Egypt.

    The problem isn't just the pain of getting these things into the country, good ones are expensive, roughly 1/5 of my salary
     
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    Hmm, then try any chinese thermal pads that comes without any brands/generic ones. @Mr. Fox said he uses the same chinese branded ones instead of branded expensive in his machines. I went with arctic ones because India is too humid.
     
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    It's dusty in here, which ones do you recommend?
     
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    Is it humid like India with ambients reaching above 35C.
     
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    Indoors ambient reaches around 27c, not very humid (we're not a coastal city), the main problem is dust so it's gotta be something that doesn't dry up after a couple of months.
     
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