1.    17 Apr 2017 #1
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    NVMe M.2 SSD cooling

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  2.    17 Apr 2017 #2
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    If ya can just put a fan on the M2. Much better results.
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  3.    17 Apr 2017 #3
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    You may want to watch this, it helped me decide not to get a shield. Gamers Nexus goes really methodological and scientifically when they do their vids, plus they have a site with their articles that go more thorough into the subject, I recommend you read the whole article too: MSI's M.2 Hardware Benchmarks

    Every now and then, a new marketing gimmick comes along that feels a little untested. MSI’s latest M.2 heat shield always struck us as high on the list of potentially untested marketing claims. The idea that the “shield” can perform two opposing functions – shielding an SSD from external heat while somehow simultaneously sinking heat from within – seems like it’s written by marketing, not by engineering.
    From a “shielding” standpoint, it might make sense; if you’ve got a second video card socketed above the M.2 SSD and dumping heat onto it, a shield could in fact help keep heat from touching SMT components. This would include Flash modules and controllers that may otherwise be in a direct heat path. From a heat sinking standpoint, a separate M.2 heatsink would also make sense. M.2 SSDs are notoriously hot resultant of their lower surface area and general lack of housing (ignoring the M8Pe and similar devices), and running high temperatures in a case with unfavorable ambient will result in throttled performance. MSI thought that adding this “shield” to the M.2 slot would solve the issue of hot M.2 SSDs, but it’s got a few problems that don’t even require testing to understand: (1) the “shield” (or sink, whatever) doesn’t enshroud the underside of the M.2 device, where SMDs will likely be present; (2) the cover is designed more like a shield than a sink (despite MSI’s marketing language – see below), and that means we’ve got limited surface area with zero dissipation potential.
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  4.    17 Apr 2017 #4
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    I evaluate to see whether I have a problem that needs solving, if so, I look into getting a solution.

    In this case, I've never experienced a heat related issue with my NvME drive, so I just leave it be.
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  5.    17 Apr 2017 #5
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    Thanks doorules, pparks1 and Cliff


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    Have still got one of these:

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    But no ideal place to position it to blow directly over the NVMe drive.

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  6.    18 Apr 2017 #6
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    Some unscientific tests here:

    My super quiet fan profile:
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    Turned my intake fans to 100% (still not to noisy if I am gaming lol)
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    Now for some semi extreme impractical down right daft cooling:
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    No performance gains from cooling my Samsung 950 Pro but the last does show some really nice low temps.
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  7.    18 Apr 2017 #7
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    No performance gain from cooler drive just means you were fine all along. Unless continually benching the drive I don't see thermal throttling as any issue worf. Even then it would I think depend upon the bench in question.
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  8.    18 Apr 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by doorules View Post
    No performance gain from cooler drive just means you were fine all along. Unless continually benching the drive I don't see thermal throttling as any issue worf. Even then it would I think depend upon the bench in question.
    True doorules

    If I was going to put a heatsink on my 950 pro it would now be for cosmetic reasons as this looks so cool:
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