What is this mysterious metal thing on my motherboard

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That is the VRM cooler if I understand what you are saying correctly.

It is a heat sink for the powersupply that provides the low voltages the CPU needs. Converts 12V input down to 1-ish volts the CPU runs on.
 


No, it cools the motherboard, not the processor. It is passively cooled, so no fan is attached. you are thinking of the CPU heatsink. That has a fan on it.
 

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