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This thing is heavy! I love the 3 copper heatpipes cooling concept, but I think the entire block of aluminum which circulated by the 3 copper heatpipes might holding the heat transferred from the SSD through the heatpipe, instead of cooling or release the heat. Could have a better design instead.
I recently purchased a Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB drive (excellent), however it was running incredibly hot. 30C ambient temperature in chassis, plenty of airflow but this thing was idling at 50C+ and almost breaking 90C under load.
Purchased this Sabrent heatsink, had no issues fitting it whatsoever, I chose to leave the Samsung sticker on my SSD to retain the warranty, so temperatures may be even better had I removed it. Drive now runs both faster and more importantly, so much cooler.
Product works well, got a 980 Samsung in it, peeking at about 34 degrees when running the magician software benchmarks in high power mode.
Installation is easy if you know what you are doing, I have it in a x8 slot so no x16 locking notch at the end. Seems solid but I wouldn't ship my PC with it in as it isn't shake resistant.
One thing to note is the instructions are pretty poor. The locking pin for the drive does not have a screw in the top, you need to remove the whole pin with the screw under the bottom and then attach the drive and secure the pin back in. Thermal pads are not mentioned in the instructions at all from what I can see. You have 2 thin and 1 thick. At least with my 980 from Samsung that appeared to be single sided chip design I did the below.
Attach 1 thin thermal pad to underside of adapter over the hatched copper itching between the pin and the slot.
Attach 1 thick thermal pad between the pin and the slot on the top side and install the drive over this and secure the pin.
Attach 1 thin thermal pad on top of the drive.
Secure the top heatsink to the adapter and insure contact. (It will stick to the pad so if it doesn't drop off you are fine)
Secure the backplate on and attach/tighten the 4 screws.
You will most likely see a bulge on the underside backplate in the middle. The thermal pads will compress over time so don't worry. I would say mine stood proud about 1-2mm.
The only caveat for using with a PS5 is that you have to leave the metal cover off, the white outer panel will go back on with no issues (see video). Some people have said without the cover on it disturbs airflow, in reality there are only 2 1/4 slots in the plastic that allow for heat to be sucked out of the SSD bay under the metal cover, it's not needed especially if the heatsink is larger like this one, the main console fan will still draw air from the SSD heatsink. Tests on YouTube (with the PS5) have revealed that this heatsink keeps the drive cooler than most others on the market including built-in heatsinks. If you are super concerned about leaving the metal cover off then you could wait till next month since Sabrent are releasing one soon that replaces the cover completely, however I can guarantee it will not dissipate the heat as efficiently because it doesn't go under the SSD like this one does, which is a major issue for double sided SSDs. I have had this one around my WD SN850 in my PS5 for over a week now with no issues. Used one of the fan screws to keep the metal plate safe and used one of the screw holes in the bay for the spacer (which is not needed for this Heatsink) and the metal cover screw (see pics). Would highly recommend.
Wow, this is heavy - I was very surprised at the weight of the box, which turns out to be largely due to the 3 massive copper heat conductors (unfortunately, not heat pipes, as I’d hoped, but still...) Fitted to the second SSD in my PC, which had been running above its high rating with the previous heatsink, this now runs cooler than the primary SSD, which is much better placed for cooling: seems to be 10-20 degrees cooler than before, which is excellent. The only downside is the price, but with this much copper, it’s not entirely unexpected: I’d say it’s actually good value , given the performance.
Can't say for sure how effective this is at dissipating heat as I've not really done enough testing, but it seems to be decent, it would be more effective if you also use a fan.
When I first got my nvme ssd, I ran a benchmark on it and it reached over 80c during the testing, I updated the drivers which dropped this temp to a peak of 68c. So before anything, be sure to check that your ssd's are running the latest firmware & have the latest drivers installed.
After insalling this heatsink (should note that this is a system running with no fans): Idle temp with no applications straining the drive: 44c Peak temp during read benchmark: 55c (increase of 8c starting from 47c) Peak temp during write benchmark: 57c (increase of 5c starting from 52c after read test)
For comparison, here are stats from my other nvme drive using my mobo's default heatsink (which is just a thick alumium plate, should also note this drive isn't running the OS so it's naturally a bit cooler than the above): Idle temp with no applications: 38c Peak temp during read benchmark: 51c (increase of 13c starting from 38c) Peak temp during write benchmark: 57c (increase of 9c starting from 48c after read test)
So I would say this Sabrent heatsink is marginally better than the heatsink provided with my mobo, though I think any heatsink at all would provide somewhat similar results but I decided to buy this one because of the high build quality, they certainly haven't cheaped out on materials. Temps ranging from 50c - 60c are ideal as you don't want the flash chips getting too cold.
Installation was very simple, 5 phillips screws are provided - 4 for attaching the heatsink to the tray, and 1 for securing to the mobo. A spare thermal tape is provided for if you have a single-sided drive, be sure to remove the plastic layer from both sides of tape to expose the adhesive. Aligning the drive with the tray is simple as you just need to ensure the notch for the mobo screw is flush with the similar notch on the drive.
Really nice well packaged and well made product. Sabrent seem to at the quality end of the market and everything I've seen from them is very professional.
My only problem is that after installing my M2 into the cooler - it could plug into my board no problem, but the extra bulk and position of other components meant it doesnt lay entirely flat and so I cant put the restraining screw in.
The M2 seems to be pretty well in, and the machine works, so I've ordered a standoff screw and will probably just leave it at its sort of 10-20 degree angle off the motherboard.
My M2 had been worrying me, as it was running at 65-70 on idle and initially it was directly under my graphics card, but even moving the graphics card to another slot didn't make any difference. When copying large files I absolutely could see the throttling, and at about 75 degrees file moves would suddenly crawl along. So in a recent upgrade from 250GB to 1TB I used a Sabrent USB to M2 adapter to migrate all my data, and took the opportunity to get this cooler.
Now in testing its idling at 49 degrees which while still a bit warm is good enough, and now in the performance testing it goes only to about 54 degrees which is perfect.
As a heat sink, I'm sure it's fine.... however, it's very difficult to secure properly to the motherboard. Due to the way its designed, the standoff screw doesn't reach the ssd but instead only reaches the "tray" of the heat sink. I found it virtually impossible to make this hold properly.
Bought it to go with my new Sargent rocket ssd, but the tray design is pretty flawed I think?
I've ended up removing it completely and sticking with the mobos own heat stick strip.