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DIY Samsung 950Pro Cooling Solution

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Intro:
Samsung M2 SSD drives always have heat issues due to its lack of cooling. Their first consumer SSD 950Pro still has this problem.

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As we can see, the performance drop due to heat is significant.
In this thread, I will present my easy DIY solution to this problem.

We can see a drop of 40 degree Celsius!
Edited by JustinZanyo - 1/23/16 at 7:52am
post #2 of 16
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What you need
100mm-140mm heatpipe x1
cooper heatsink x1
thermal conducting glue x1
thermal conducting pad x1
insulation tape x1
(any plastic tape is fine)
plastic strip x2

Attention: The removal of S/N number on your SSD will void your warranty!

(We can always tape it back of course)biggrin.gif
post #3 of 16
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STEP 1 : Remove the S/N tape.

Be careful of this process: do not tear the tape.

STEP 2: Apply insulation tape to prevent circuit shortcut.
post #4 of 16
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STEP 3: Molding the heatsink
Bend your heatpipe to the angle you want.

Apply thermal conducting glue between heat sink and heat pipe.

Bake it in your oven at 400 degree F for 15 minutes to consolidate the glue.

(CAUTION: HOT: do not touch it until it cools down)
post #5 of 16
3 small copper vrm heatsinks sticked on the chips will work just as fine.
post #6 of 16
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STEP 4: Apply the thermal pad.
If you don't have one, you can use thermal paste, but it will be difficult to clean.



The reason I do not apply thermal pads to the NAND is because 80%+ of heat is coming from the UBX controller. As for me, they don't need cooling, but you can always use cooling for them.)wink.gif

STEP 5: Strip it tight!


FINISH!biggrin.gif:D:D




Results: (Ambient temp = 26.8 Celsius when tested)
post #7 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

3 small copper vrm heatsinks sticked on the chips will work just as fine.
It's for fun, man.
Some people even water cool this 7 Watts chip:rolleyes:
post #8 of 16
I'm assuming you're done an we can post now. For future threads, I recommend you keep it all in the OP. wink.gif OCN doesn't have any picture limits, I don't think, and it makes it easier to read through.

Anyway.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JustinZanyo View Post


Attention: The removal of S/N number on your SSD will void your warranty!

A what now? headscratch.gif

That's a pretty clever idea to use a laptop-type heatsink. I'm sure the heatpipe helps. That said, I question its stability and whether it's any better than a couple thermal pads and a VRM or VRAM heatsink. But I appreciate the effort and write-up nonetheless. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 16
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I'm assuming you're done an we can post now. For future threads, I recommend you keep it all in the OP. wink.gif OCN doesn't have any picture limits, I don't think, and it makes it easier to read through.

Anyway.
A what now? headscratch.gif

That's a pretty clever idea to use a laptop-type heatsink. I'm sure the heatpipe helps. That said, I question its stability and whether it's any better than a couple thermal pads and a VRM or VRAM heatsink. But I appreciate the effort and write-up nonetheless. thumb.gif
Thank you for your reminder. First time poster:D
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Or, save your time and money and just have good airflow.

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Samsung-950-PRO-256GB-and-512GB-M2-NVMe-PCIe-SSD-Review/Thermal-Throttling-Conclusio

"As you can see, you would have to write nearly 150GB at over 1.5GB/sec to get a 950 PRO to warm up enough to throttle, and when it does, the throttling is very minor, dropping to only 1.2GB/sec intermittently. The slightest airflow prevents this from happening at all, and even if there was zero airflow, the chances of maxing a 950 PRO out on writes for that long of a burst is extremely unlikely in even the most demanding consumer usage scenario."
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