EKWB Releases EK-RAM Monarch Liquid RAM Cooling Modules

You might already have your graphics card and processor coupled into your liquid cooling setup, but what about your memory? While memory isn’t a thing that’s obvious to add to your custom loop right away, there can be good reasons to do so. To name one: Parts of your system that otherwise wouldn’t run hot might start to do so because of the lack of airflow generated by the fans from traditionally cooled equipment such as CPU and GPU coolers.

Liquid cooling for memory isn’t anything new as such, but EKWB just released a new version of the EK-RAM Monarch cooling modules where the existing black variant is now also available as a Nickel plated version. The EK-RAM Monarch Module is a heatsink adapter which allows virtually any DDR-SDRAM memory module of any generation to be liquid cooled – but it also requires the EK-RAM Monarch series water blocks to go on top.

Each heatsink consists of two separate plates with the memory module sandwiched in between. The heat transfer between the memory module and aluminium heatsink adapter is ensured by the use of an enclosed thermal pad. Each set of EK-RAM Monarch Modules contains two adapter heatsinks that are made of CNC machined high-quality aluminium and feature either a nickel finish or a black anodized finish.

The EK-RAM Monarch modules are available now through EK’s own webshop and their partner reseller network. A nickel plated set of two modules will set you back €34.95 while the black version is a little cheaper and only will cost you €29.95. Both prices include VAT.

Besides the above-mentioned reason of missing airflow in the memory area, adding liquid cooling to your memory will also allow you to overclock them higher while still retaining a stable system. While memory overclocking won’t result in as big a real-world difference as other parts such as CPU and GPU, it might be just what you’re missing to grab those last couple of benchmarks points and beat your friends results. Maybe you’ll also just do it for aesthetic reasons – the modules do look awesome.

Butterfly Labs Mining Rigs “Useful Only As Room Heaters”

Butteryfly Labs Monarch

Butterfly Labs, a Missouri based system builder who design and sell computers for mining Bitcoin, have landed themselves in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Butterfly Labs have been charging firms a total of up to $50m (around £30m) for systems and services that were so late they were useless and in some cases, they didn’t deliver the goods at all!

The FTC is saying that Butterfly have been selling Bitcoin mining machines, some of which cost up to $29,899 that are a complete waste of money. The FTC say these systems are only good as “room heaters”; ouch!

Butterfly claim their Monarch system, which only launched last August, is the fastest Bitcoin miner so far and with a price that went well into the thousands, people have been putting money down for the new systems and so far, not one customer has been supplied with one of the new systems.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection, said: “We often see that when a new and little-understood opportunity like Bitcoin presents itself, scammers will find ways to capitalise on the public’s excitement and interest.”

“It appears the FTC has decided to go to war on Bitcoin overall and is starting with Butterfly Labs.” said a Butterfly representative. “Butterfly Labs is being portrayed by the FTC as a bogus and fake company. To the contrary, Butterfly Labs is very real. As pointed out in court filings Butterfly Labs made last night, Butterfly Labs has shipped more than $33m (£20m) in products to customers and voluntarily granted refunds approximating $17m (£10m) to customers for cancelled orders.” they added.

Butterfly Labs will have a chance to state their case in court this Monday and while the company make a lot of big claims, I’m not so certain they’re going to have much luck. Their systems have been deemed worthless by FTC investigators, the mining boom is over and there are a lot of angry consumers who have given them money, but failed to receive any goods; long story short, don’t order a Butterfly Labs system any time soon, just to be safe.

Thank you Sky News for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Butterfly Labs.