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While Solid-state drives, or SSDs, have become significantly cheaper in the last few years, these 2.5-inch SSDs are now being superseded by PCI Express-based NVMe SSDs. The new solid state drives are much more compact (8×2.2 cm) and slot right onto the motherboard through the M.2 slot.

Not only are these M.2 drives faster and more compact, they also obviate the need for unwieldy power and data cables. The prices of NVMe SSDs have fallen sharply over the past year to the point they are only marginally more expensive than their relatively slower 2.5-inch SSDs.

While Solid-state drives, or SSDs, have become significantly cheaper in the last few years, these 2.5-inch SSDs are now being superseded by PCI Express-based NVMe SSDs. The new solid state drives are much more compact (8×2.2 cm) and slot right onto the motherboard through the M.2 slot.

Not only are these M.2 drives faster and more compact, they also obviate the need for unwieldy power and data cables. The prices of NVMe SSDs have fallen sharply over the past year to the point they are only marginally more expensive than their relatively slower 2.5-inch SSDs.

High Speeds, High Temperatures, Lower Lifespan

However, their tremendous storage density leads to overheating. Few people realize that NVMe SSDs can quickly and easily reach temperatures in excess of 80°C (the intended operating range for most NVMe SSDs is between 0°C and 70°C).

Conclusion: Motherboard or Aftermarket, You Need a Heatsink

Do NVMe SSDs need heatsinks? Our answer would be a resounding YES. While it is easy to install and forget about your NVMe SSD, these drives can and will overheat critically even during normal day-to-day use. The high performance ceiling of these drives makes it difficult to feel the effects of thermal throttling, but prolonged exposure to such high temperatures does not bode well for longevity.

 

Tested: Does Your NVMe SSD Need a Heatsink?

2020-07-17
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