Question How Important Is The Heat Sink For A WD Black M.2 NVMe SSD?

maskedriderchris

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Partly since it affects my choice of mobo for my next build, and partly in general; how important is the heat sink for a Western Digital Black M.2 NVMe SSD? Can I skate by without it? I plan on a good 4 or 5 fans (or perhaps a water cooling system) for cooling in my case. Is the heat sink important or can I get by without it?
 

Newtonius

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Partly since it affects my choice of mobo for my next build, and partly in general; how important is the heat sink for a Western Digital Black M.2 NVMe SSD? Can I skate by without it? I plan on a good 4 or 5 fans (or perhaps a water cooling system) for cooling in my case. Is the heat sink important or can I get by without it?
I have the wd black 250GB m.2 for my OS and it never goes above 55. Usually those drives remain stable 'till it reaches 80-90c but to get to those temps you need to really be stressing that drive. So you can get by without a heatsink, though if you notice the temps getting too high try moving it to another m.2 slot if possible.
 
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For instance the Gigabyte AORUS drives are gen 4 NVMe. As you can see they're rather expensive and as mentioned above, only compatible with particular motherboards. You'll be equaly well served by the WD Black or a Samsung 970.
 

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