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Motherboard support Is there a reason why a white eraser is used in order to support the CPU/GPU on the motherboard, or will any eraser (3mm-4mm) work?

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A: Its not the cpu/gpu but actually the ram.

B:I used 3 copper pennies instead of an eraser and it works 10X better.

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