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    How to cool M.2 on an Asus Apex

    What's the best way to cool a couple m.2 cards mounted to the expansion slot on an Asus Maximus IX Apex? I'm water cooling cpu and gpu. Any links would be appreciated.
    Case: Corsair 800D
    PSU: Corsair HX1000W
    Mobo: Asus Rog Maximus ix Apex
    CPU: i7 7700K
    GPU: MSI Sea Hawk EK Geforce GTX 1070
    SSD: 2 X Samsung 960 Pro M.2 Raid 0
    RAM: 16GB G. Skill TZ DDR4-4266
    LOOP: EK xe 480 rad | 2 x 120 rads | EK-Supremacy EVO cpu block | EK gpu block | 2x MCP 355 pumps | XSPC Dual Bay res
    Fans: 11 x Scythe GentleTyphoon 120 x 25 - 1850 rpm | 3 x NB-BlackSilentPro PK-3 140 x 25 - 1700 rpm
    Fan Controller: Lamptron 30W - 4 Channel (FC-5)

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    Memory cooler should work

    Just verify distance for stand off's

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    you could get some small heatsinks and slap them on the mofsets. ugly, but effective
    CPU:------------Intel Core I7 6700k@4.4 GHz
    Heatsink:------------Cryorig H5A White
    Motherboard:-Asrock Z170 - Extreme 6
    Memory:-------2x4gb Corsair DDR4 3000 MHZ 15-17-17-35
    Power Supply:Kingwin Lazer Gold series 850w
    Video Card:---XFX Hardswap edition RX480 8gb
    Case:-----------Corsair Air 540 Silver/black edition
    HDD:------------TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72/Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb
    SSD:------------Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

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    Do those things actually need cooling?
    CPU: i5-7600k@4.8ghz
    Motherboard: ASRock Z270 Killer SLI/ac
    Cooler: Custom loop with Swiftech MCP50X pump, EK-Spremacy Evo block, Koolance 360x29mm 30 fins per in. radiator, 38x120mm 4000rpm Delta fans on Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme fan speed controller
    RAM: 2x8 gb Crucial 2400 Ballistic DDR4
    GPU: XFX Rx480 8gb/1080p Asus monitor
    Case: NZXT Source 530
    PSU: OCZ 750W
    Storage: Segate 480 gb SSD + 1x1tb spinner
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    Earlier Samsung M.2 NVMe were overheating. New not really and if you have M.2 PCIE on other controller then it's barely passing 60*C. I have Patriot Hellfire based on Phison controller and I haven't seen more than ~60*C without any airflow near SSD.

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    The area where the dimm.2 slot is located it is supposed to be cooled by memory cooling fans like witchee posted. That said, it's likely not needed. It being open air and not hidden under or close to a gpu dumping it's heat, it should be ok.

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    Well, it's good to hear that the new ones aren't heating up as much. If I wanted to put a memory cooling fan like witchee posted just to add some cooling to it anyway, I'm not sure it will fit. The expansion card that the M.2 attaches to is pretty high. It's higher then the memory sticks. Does anyone know if the one witchee posted would fit above the expansion card or if there is one that will?
    Case: Corsair 800D
    PSU: Corsair HX1000W
    Mobo: Asus Rog Maximus ix Apex
    CPU: i7 7700K
    GPU: MSI Sea Hawk EK Geforce GTX 1070
    SSD: 2 X Samsung 960 Pro M.2 Raid 0
    RAM: 16GB G. Skill TZ DDR4-4266
    LOOP: EK xe 480 rad | 2 x 120 rads | EK-Supremacy EVO cpu block | EK gpu block | 2x MCP 355 pumps | XSPC Dual Bay res
    Fans: 11 x Scythe GentleTyphoon 120 x 25 - 1850 rpm | 3 x NB-BlackSilentPro PK-3 140 x 25 - 1700 rpm
    Fan Controller: Lamptron 30W - 4 Channel (FC-5)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinsco View Post
    Well, it's good to hear that the new ones aren't heating up as much. If I wanted to put a memory cooling fan like witchee posted just to add some cooling to it anyway, I'm not sure it will fit. The expansion card that the M.2 attaches to is pretty high. It's higher then the memory sticks. Does anyone know if the one witchee posted would fit above the expansion card or if there is one that will?
    If you read the description it says 85mm of clearance which is more than 3 inches.

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    I don't know how the card is
    Case: Corsair 800D
    PSU: Corsair HX1000W
    Mobo: Asus Rog Maximus ix Apex
    CPU: i7 7700K
    GPU: MSI Sea Hawk EK Geforce GTX 1070
    SSD: 2 X Samsung 960 Pro M.2 Raid 0
    RAM: 16GB G. Skill TZ DDR4-4266
    LOOP: EK xe 480 rad | 2 x 120 rads | EK-Supremacy EVO cpu block | EK gpu block | 2x MCP 355 pumps | XSPC Dual Bay res
    Fans: 11 x Scythe GentleTyphoon 120 x 25 - 1850 rpm | 3 x NB-BlackSilentPro PK-3 140 x 25 - 1700 rpm
    Fan Controller: Lamptron 30W - 4 Channel (FC-5)

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    Trust me there's lots of room I have one at home and the Corsair cooler will easily clear the card

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    hahahaha, thanks
    Case: Corsair 800D
    PSU: Corsair HX1000W
    Mobo: Asus Rog Maximus ix Apex
    CPU: i7 7700K
    GPU: MSI Sea Hawk EK Geforce GTX 1070
    SSD: 2 X Samsung 960 Pro M.2 Raid 0
    RAM: 16GB G. Skill TZ DDR4-4266
    LOOP: EK xe 480 rad | 2 x 120 rads | EK-Supremacy EVO cpu block | EK gpu block | 2x MCP 355 pumps | XSPC Dual Bay res
    Fans: 11 x Scythe GentleTyphoon 120 x 25 - 1850 rpm | 3 x NB-BlackSilentPro PK-3 140 x 25 - 1700 rpm
    Fan Controller: Lamptron 30W - 4 Channel (FC-5)

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    I run 2x Patriot Hellfire on APEX 2nd day now and there are no issues at all. temps are about the same as in standard M.2 slots and there is no additional airflow ( just bench table with water block on CPU and not even one fan ). Sensors from the M.2 DIMM card are saying that ambient temp near each of the SSD is about 35*C during work. I'm not sure where are the sensors but I guess that under the SSD.
    Btw. performance in RAID0 is the same as on regular M.2 slots and it won't make more than ~4GB/s so when manufacturer says there is 32gbps M.2 slot then it really means it's max bandwidth for all M.2 slots ( ~4GB/s ).

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    Alpha cool just came out with a proper M.2 Heatsink. It looks like they went down the same path as MSI did with their M.2 Heatshield, but did it right. I will be using them on my new build and will report temps when it's up and running.

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