Author: Frank Stroupe
Next, use the included Allen (hex) wrench to remove the heat spreaders from the RamOrb. You will see that there is a channel for the heatpipe, and the heat spreaders are fitted to hold the memory module.
As I mentioned earlier, there are both thick and thin thermal pads. I suppose that you will have to determine which you need by trial and error. I needed the thin ones. The pads are somewhat adhesive, but not a strong one, so it’s ok if you need to remove one pad to replace it with another.
Place the memory module into the channel. You can tell when it is in the right place, the heat spreaders are designed so that the module doesn’t move around. Make sure that the thermal tape is not interfering with the divider between the module channel and the heatpipe channel. Apply a thin coat of thermal compound to the heatpipe, place it into the channel, put the heat spreaders together, and replace the set screws.
The key is that the heatpipe is tight in the channel where it doesn’t move around after the screws are replaced. You might be able to move it a little, but it should be tight enough not to slip out. If you used the wrong tape, or have the tape too high on the module, there will be a distinct gap in the divider between the memory and heatpipe. There may be a slight gap, but not a large one.
It really doesn’t matter which direction you place the module in the heat spreaders, as the Orb can be placed either direction. Personally, I think it might be cool to have one RamOrb in either direction. Also, it is very possible that the Orb will interfere with a large CPU cooler, in that case you can configure the Orb at an angle to the heat spreaders.
The fan on the RamOrb is surprisingly silent, no need to slow it down by a fan controller or 5v adapter.