EK Monarch Modules let builders liquid-cool their RAM

Slovenian liquid-cooling equipment supplier EK is spiffing up its EK-RAM Monarch Modules adapters. The Monarch Modules are essentially RAM heatspreaders that let builders cool nearly any memory module in tandem with an EK-RAM waterblock like the Monarch X2. These heatsinks were previously available in a sensible matte black, and now we have the option of a gleaming nickel-plated finish, too.

Takes a moment to even fix your eyes on them, doesn't it? The heatsinks themselves mate with the memory using included thermal pads. The $34.99 sticker price for the nickel kit includes adapters for two DIMMs. EK will continue to offer the black Monarch Modules for $29.99.

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    • Redocbew
    • 4 years ago

    I’d rather have a waterblock for the VRMs than for memory.

      • DPete27
      • 4 years ago

      I’m guessing that if you’re looking to liquid cool your RAM, you’ve already got a mobo with liquid cooling ports on the VRMs. Like [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130869<]this[/url<] or [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128878<]this[/url<]

        • Redocbew
        • 4 years ago

        Cool, didn’t know there were boards with VRM waterblocks pre-installed.

        Don’t think I’d ever pay $400 for an enthusiast board though. The only time I’ve paid that much for a motherboard is when it’s for something microserver-ish and comes with the CPU included.

    • jihadjoe
    • 4 years ago

    Seems like an excuse to be able to say your PC is completely liquid cooled. At that point, why not just submerge the entire thing in Fluorinert (or mineral oil) for maximum bragging rights?

      • orik
      • 4 years ago

      i’m a big fan of submersion cooling, but submersion cooling has a long way to go before it’s performant or practical. liquid cooling w/ pumps and radiators does the best job currently of moving heat away from components.

      hopefully someone will engineer a solution using the 3m evaporative cooling liquids that deals with the problems of it turning into a bomb and having to be sealed completely.

        • brucethemoose
        • 4 years ago

        Evaporative probably isn’t worth it until whole systems get a lot smaller. Sealing a small cube and filling it with that expensive 3M fluid is a lot easier than filling/sealing an ATX-sized box.

        But that could happen soon, with all this talk of stacked memory/SoCs/integrated VRMs.

    • w76
    • 4 years ago

    Considering the premium for water-cooled GPUs, that actually doesn’t seem like a crazy price. Totally unnecessary? Perhaps, but not a crazy price for what it is.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    They couldn’t pick a better camera angle? Had to visit their website to do more research, but it looks like the water block just screws to the top of the ram heatspreaders. Each block covers two sticks of ram.

    • rxc6
    • 4 years ago

    No, just no.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    And only the cheaper RAM modules these days come without heatspreaders, so you’re risking damaging (and definitely voiding the warranty of) your high end ram by removing the included heatspreaders. Smart.

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Chances are if you need the extra cooling for your RAM, you are already trying to run it past spec and voiding your warranty already.

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