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I'm looking for a good spot fan to cool my Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD.

Any suggestions?
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Noctua 40mm. Stick it to the M.2 card with some white tack and use the low noise adaptor for quiet operation. They work great.
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Noctua 40mm. Stick it to the M.2 card with some white tack and use the low noise adaptor for quiet operation. They work great.

Would that adequately cool the entire SSD though?
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Would that adequately cool the entire SSD though?

Most likely. Good system airflow is enough for these, so a dedicated fan sat on top won't hurt. Either that or buy/make small heatsink(s) and stick them on each chip.
Edited by BradleyW - 1/20/16 at 2:00pm
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No need for a fan, just some copper heatsinks

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Most likely. Good system airflow is enough for these, so a dedicated fan sat on top won't hurt. Either that or buy/make small heatsink(s) and stick them on each chip.

I don't have good airflow over where my M.2 slot is unfortunately. Heatsinks might be an option.
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Would that adequately cool the entire SSD though?
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

Most likely. Good system airflow is enough for these, so a dedicated fan sat on top won't hurt. Either that or buy/make small heatsink(s) and stick them on each chip.

The NAND doesn't need to be cooled at all.

It's the controllers that get hot, and the total thermal output is still low enough that modest air flow, a heatsink, or simply stuffing thermal pads between the M.2 device and the motherboard will significantly reduce temperatures.
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I don't have good airflow over where my M.2 slot is unfortunately. Heatsinks might be an option.

Just doing this knocked ~40C off the load temps of my M6e:

http://cdn.overclock.net/5/55/5516bf99_PZaWKuR.jpeg

Idle to loaded Tdelta went from ~45C to 2-5C.
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The NAND doesn't need to be cooled at all.

It's the controllers that get hot, and the total thermal output is still low enough that modest air flow, a heatsink, or simply stuffing thermal pads between the M.2 device and the motherboard will significantly reduce temperatures.
Just doing this knocked ~40C off the load temps of my M6e:

http://cdn.overclock.net/5/55/5516bf99_PZaWKuR.jpeg

Idle to loaded Tdelta went from ~45C to 2-5C.

Wow that's pretty incredible results. I may give that a shot. What kind of thermal pads are those?
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Wow that's pretty incredible results. I may give that a shot. What kind of thermal pads are those?

That's four layers of 1.5mm thick 6.0W/mK Fujipoly pads that I had laying around.

Since even the hottest M.2 controllers only need to dissipate about 5-6w of heat, you don't need anything fancy...any path for the heat to leave that conducts significantly better than air, or the tiny gold fingers on the M.2 connector, will dramatically help temperatures.

Softer pads are better, so they don't put strain on the drive's PCB or connector.
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That's four layers of 1.5mm thick 6.0W/mK Fujipoly pads that I had laying around.

Since even the hottest M.2 controllers only need to dissipate about 5-6w of heat, you don't need anything fancy...any path for the heat to leave that conducts significantly better than air, or the tiny gold fingers on the M.2 connector, will dramatically help temperatures.

Softer pads are better, so they don't put strain on the drive's PCB or connector.

I can't wait to use M.2. when I upgrade to SkyLake-E.
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