A circuit module that includes a system for reducing thermal variation and cooling the circuit module. In preferred embodiments, the module includes a thermally-conductive rigid substrate having first and second lateral sides, an edge, and an integrated cooling component. The integrated cooling component reduces thermal variation and cools the circuit module. Flex circuitry populated with a plurality of ICs and exhibiting a connective facility that comprises plural contacts for use with an edge connector is wrapped about the edge of the thermally-conductive substrate. Heat from the plurality of ICs is thermally-conducted by the thermally-conductive substrate to the integrated cooling component.