Reclaiming Gold from RAM modules

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  1. DeejW

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    Anyone here done it? I have read up a bit about it but have conflicting guides, some basically needing an industrial workshop to do it and others with mostly household chemicals and a few buckets. I have some serious boxes of DDR1 and DDR2 I would love to turn into GOLD.
     
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    From what I have read you need a LOT of it to make it worthwhile. You would probably get better returns selling the ram on eBay. Even $1 per stick will probably get you more than the value of the gold. Now that retro computing is taking off, that ram will probably be worth something soon.
     
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    Though I'm not a fan of scrapping, it's quite an interesting process. Watched a Youtube video of a scrapper processing gold from about 30 CPUs to yield something like 7g, or $250 worth of gold in his backyard in India. That yield was also bumped up by at least 2 Pentium Pro CPUs which yield about 1g each. RAM would give an even worse yield, something like 1g per kg (which is about 50+ sticks?) The process required about 4-5 different acids/liquids, a gas mask and gloves, and a crucible to convert gold dust to solid, so cost-wise it's prohibitive, there's noxious fumes, you will have to dispose of the waste safely, and also have a buyer for the gold (if you're doing it for economic reasons). Cheaper and safer to sell it on eBay, or even just give it away!
     
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    Fair enough, interesting points raised. I have about 20kg of ram. I am guessing this info is way out of whack which is what got me excited [​IMG]
     
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    It's a waste of time even with 20kg of RAM, you need commercial quantity (i.e. amount e-recyclers/e-waste gets) before its worthwhile getting it scrapped for gold. Test the sticks if not possible sell as lots of bulk on ebay and you'd make more money.
     
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    So, I watched the yootoob of it, back from 2015 and 3.7mil views later.

    I made WTF faces the whole way through....500gms of fingers generated 1gm of "99.9" gold slug.
    Quick maths, the fingers make up 10% (if that ) of total weight of modules, 20kg becomes 2kg of fingers, with potential for a 4gm yield.....viable if your time is worthless and you have a stash of chemicals already.

    That dude....faaaaaaaarrrrrrrrkkkkkk.
    How pro is he if he got no magnetic stirrer and as a "crucible" uses a ceramic evapouration bowl and a blow torch = GHETTO

    3 options.

    1) Buy a DIY crucible kit, stoke it up to 1200'c, batch out 5kg lots and smelt it all down over 3-4hr while adding Pot-ash and have a Chlorine gas injection nozzle adding gas every 30mins, ladle off anything sitting on top, throw into a water bucket, all the plastic burns off, the chlorides you took off should help reduce base metals going into the dore, pour out in a ingot mold, that's mixed metal product only, prob 75% Au total weight.

    2) Call these guys, (+61 8) 9479 9999 explain your idea, they will either laugh or say alright and take 15% refining fee and can cash you out on the spot.

    3) What has been said, find working pairs and sell it to nerds on Ebay, prob make 3 times the Au recovered.
     
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    Wow. I had heard about recycle some of the rare earth metals in electronics, never did I realise there was gold in there too. Going to have to go and look up the video now.
     

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