The price-gap between basic DDR4 memory modules that even lack heatspreaders, and “premium” modules with RGB LED-studded heatspreaders, can be rather big. For those who’d prefer to pick up cheaper memory modules and light them up on the cheap, Jonsbo has come up with its second-generation RGB LED custom memory heatspreaders, with the NC-2, a successor to the NC-1 series from last year. A pack includes two units, for dual-channel memory setups. Each heatspreader consists of two brushed aluminium plates meeting on top, through which a chunky RGB LED diffuser peeks out.
The NC-2 features 256-color RGB LEDs, and comes in two variants based on control. The first variant is a “color” variant, or the “dumb” variant, which gives you limited manual control over pre-loaded lighting presets. The second, slightly pricier variant, is the “smart” variant, which takes input from ASUS Aura Sync RGB, over a standardized 4-pin header, giving you software control. Measuring 141 mm x 8.5 mm x 43 mm (WxDxH), each heatspreader weighs roughly 114 g. The NC-2 series starts around 80 RMB ($13 USD) for the basic variant, and around 120 RMB ($20 USD) for the Aura Sync-capable variant, which is a bargain, when you consider that RGB-enabled memory kits can be 20-30% pricier than basic ones that lack RGB lighting.