m.2 NVME SSDs that don't run too hot

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Do you care about NVME SSD temperatures?

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  2. No

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  1. Starlight5

    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    Very few reviewers ever mention drive temperatures, and most users don't seem to care either - all while NAND has its limits and being pushed to 95C is simply unhealthy for it, and controllers in particular suffer from high temperatures, which can lead to drive failure. Many if not most notebooks have neither space for heatsinks nor airflow to keep the hotter NVME drives within their operating temperature range, creating absolutely unnecessary risk for data stored on them. Thus, I believe this topic is important enough for a dedicated thread.

    So far I found two NVME drives that run much cooler than competition, even under heavy load:
    * WD SN730
    * Hynix P31 Gold

    Sadly, they both top out at 1TB, and are only available in 2280 form-factor. Still, that is better than nothing.

    In this thread, I propose to discuss the issue, and collect information about other NVME drives that run warm rather than hot. I will update this post once other drives that manage to stay within reasonable temp range inside poorly ventilated laptop cases are discovered.
     
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  2. ellalan

    ellalan Notebook Deity

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    My Samsung 970 Evo Plus runs reasonably within the range, not too hot.
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  3. Starlight5

    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    @ellalan what about heavy loads? I read in multiple sources that 970 Evo Plus and its cousin PM981a push as high as 95C without heatsink - although maybe it was some old firmware...
     
  4. Falkentyne

    Falkentyne Notebook Prophet

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    My WD SN850 2TB gets to about 55C after a run of ATTO disk benchmark, with onboard m.2 with the Maximus 12 Extreme motherboard heatsink (nothing else running), and 42C on the Maximus 13 Extreme with the dimm.2 riser heatsink (ATTO, nothing else running), and 44C in CrystaldiskMark 8.0.1 (tested while playing Overwatch).
     
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  5. jaybee83

    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    SN850 is a beast, even outperforms the 980 Pro in most cases...
    as for the OP's question, definitely not the 970 Pro, im already idling in the 40s to 50s with a heatsink on :D
     
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  6. ellalan

    ellalan Notebook Deity

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    @Starlight5,
    These are my temperatures while running Userbenchmark, I also have stock heatsink installed in my Nitro.
     

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  7. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    Sabrent Rockets! Craps over any Samsung SSD in real-world sustained performance

    Idle:

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    Right after benchmark:

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    MAX Temp during the benchmark was 43C and this is with no SSD Heatsink or pads.

    @tilleroftheearth
     
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  8. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Nice. Samsung got owned by Sabrent that offers better performance and space w/o breaking your bank/wallet.
    I observed the battery life was better with non-Samsung NVMe's and default MS driver. Otherwise, on heavy IO battery life gets tanked pretty quickly.
     
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    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    might be nice and well, but curious to see how long term reliability holds up. after all, a fast drive doesnt help if its craps out on you, taking all your data with it :confused:
    but yeah, ive recently "built" my first nvme usb stick and put a sabrent rocket 1TB M.2 2242 SSD into a small enclosure, speeds are pretty sweet!
     
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  10. Aivxtla

    Aivxtla Notebook Evangelist

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    It's not just the Sabrent, that specific Phison controller if I recall correctly is paired with Toshiba NAND in that model, so any brand using that combo essentially should have similar characteristics, ie possible the Inland Premium may use the same combo. the Sk Hynix (Hynix custom controller) is excellent only let down by the 1TB max for drive size. One edge Samsung usually has had over competitors putting aside empty drive tests was 1/2 to full drive performance where their controllers usually were the best, haven't tested the 980/980 PRO series so don't know about that series though.
     
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