During the universal VGA roundup I put the Modmat through normal use for the lab, meaning it now has thermal grease spots all over it, solder blobs, even aluminum shards from unisink modding. A cleaning was a little overdue, and FrozenCPU sent one over a Modmat V2, which is now back in stock. Rather than clean V1 and put it back, I will put the V1 back under the pump and radiator benches (I tend to spill a lot over there. At this point, I nearly want to cover the entire desk surface in the lab with Modmats… They are handy and take a beating rather than the desk or surface you are working on.
Couple of changes have been made to the original Modmat–thus the V2–, first of which being packaging. The original was packaged in a large but thin box with the mat folded up, which made it a pain to flatten before use on your bench or tabletop. V2 comes in a full color box with the mat rolled up, and yes, it was much easier to be flattened out.
The grounding terminals have been moved from the lower left to the upper left, but still side-by-side going left to right. I would have rather seen them in vertical orientation in the upper left, but I am just being fussy. The entire right side received a face-lift, with a fan size chart and inches/mm rules shooting from the lower right corner. The measuring rules for thermal pads or heat shrink should help with getting the lengths cut right versus eyeballing it, at least that is my intention for them.
V2 Mod-mat is rather large, measuring 1200 x 600 x 2mm or 47.24 x 23.62 x 0.78″ (LxWxT), nearly covers the entire prep table as you can see. I cannot seem to find the box or the old product page for dimensions, but the V2 must a few mm wider than V1, items had to be pushed back on the prep table. Now that I have the V1 mat off the bench, it is still not flat from the folds in the packaging and the V2 only has some curling at the edges. The V2 packaging is already much preferred.
Thanks to FrozenCPU for sending the Modmat V2 over for the lab.