New Memory Cooler from ASUS
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The ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe motherboard also ships with a very unique cooling attachment seen above: a memory module cooler that attaches to the north bridge heat sink. 

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In order for this memory cooler to be properly installed you’ll need either bare chip memory modules or you’ll have to remove the heatsinks on any memory you already have.  Now that can be tricky in its own right – your best bet is to ask for directions and help in our Memory Forum before taking that plunge. 

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The square part of the memory cooler moves slightly to allow you to line the device up correctly and you can even use slots 1 & 3 or slots 2 & 4 on the motherboard. 

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Four screws are required to attach the two heatsinks together and I would probably even recommend applying some thermal paste between them if you are going to be sticking with that installation for the foreseeable future.  The screws on either side of actually memory heatsinks screw together to squeeze the DIMMs and apply pressure on the memories directly – there is a thermal tape applied to either side for better conductivity. 

While the end result definitely looks cool, the functionality of it all is still up in the air and I’m going to have to do some more thorough testing comparing it to standard memory heatsinks in the near future.

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