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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
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    EK M.2 NVME Heatsinks

    EK is now selling M.2 Heatsinks, Black or Nickel
    https://www.ekwb.com/shop/
    I ordered a couple of the black models directly from their web store, will be a couple weeks before I receive them, will post more at that time

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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
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    Heatsink's arrived today, one run of Crystal DiskMark for a quick test, I am sure the temps would get higher if the test was longer
    Attaching the 2 clips holding the front and back together was a little bit of a pain but it made it quite a bit harder to get the little screw that attached the drive to the motherboard started, 2 strips of thermal pads, thin one on top and thicker one on bottom of drive, I think it looks much better

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    ROG Enthusiast Array Yoda PC Specs
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    Hi,

    I ordered mine on 06/07/2017! Should be getting mine soon I hope!

    The parts will be going onto a 250GB 960 EVO on an Apex IX Mobo. Was an impulse buy.

    I'll check the temps once the kit goes on. Thanks for listing the temp differences! =)

    -Yoda.

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    Mine just came in today. It takes a while to get here from Slovinia.

    It lowered my Samsung 960 1TB from 62 C to 52 C. Works really well for a passive cooler. I'll probably rethink putting in a small fan now.

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    Compatible with the M.2 slots on Z270 MAXIMUS IX CODE mobos? Dimensions of the "ROG Armor" plate might interfere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    Compatible with the M.2 slots on Z270 MAXIMUS IX CODE mobos? Dimensions of the "ROG Armor" plate might interfere.
    Just looking at the motherboard picture I doubt the one under the armor would fit. Considering how much heat a M.2 NVME SSD can generate, I don't think putting it under the armor is a good idea anyway.

    However, the one that stands up should work.

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    I'm thinking of picking up a CODE mobo ... looks like the best of the best available for a Z270 gaming build that avoids liquid cooling. The armor is a bit of a "meh" issue for me, I don't think it makes the mobo look all that great, I don't think the mobo looks all that great without it, I'm not really convinced yet that it actually serves any useful (thermal) function - although it can certainly improve mobo/component temps when used as part of a ducted airflow approach. But the armor-occluded position of the primary M.2 slot does look quite unfortunate, lol, I hope it doesn't require a Dremel or 3D prints to fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    I'm thinking of picking up a CODE mobo ... looks like the best of the best available for a Z270 gaming build that avoids liquid cooling. The armor is a bit of a "meh" issue for me, I don't think it makes the mobo look all that great, I don't think the mobo looks all that great without it, I'm not really convinced yet that it actually serves any useful (thermal) function - although it can certainly improve mobo/component temps when used as part of a ducted airflow approach. But the armor-occluded position of the primary M.2 slot does look quite unfortunate, lol, I hope it doesn't require a Dremel or 3D prints to fix.
    All I see the Armor doing is making it virtually impossible to find my dropped screws before it does irreparable damage.

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    Magnetic bits and tool heads, lol. Floppies and HDDs and even ODDs have become dinosaur tech, there's little need to fear bringing tiny magnets into the chassis. Dropped screws should never be lost underneath armor plates!

    A question for EKWB-advocating @Menthol ...
    Was there any forced airflow across these M.2 heatsinks in your temp comparisons (and, if so, how much)? Or were your results based on open heat convection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    Magnetic bits and tool heads, lol. Floppies and HDDs and even ODDs have become dinosaur tech, there's little need to fear bringing tiny magnets into the chassis. Dropped screws should never be lost underneath armor plates!
    Don't tell me, tell the screws!

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