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    MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Should it be re-named the MSI M.2 Heat Trap?
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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    I can recommend GN for their excellent videos and articles on PC building. They seem to be a small outfit, but they have a decent approach to testing and seem to put in the necessary amount of effort into this. They apply a healthy dose of scepticism to unsubstantiated marketing claims, and it's good to see articles like this that give genuinely useful insight.

    Disclosure: I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, I'm just an interested observer.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Agreed.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Sucks to have a product do the opposite of what it was designed for.
    Last edited by Slogbelly; 06-02-2017 at 02:01 AM.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    *do the opposite

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Quote Originally Posted by Slogbelly View Post
    *do the opposite
    You CAN go back and edit your first post. This isn't Twitter!
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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    I still like the idea though - even if just for aesthetics. It's nice to hide the normally white stickered, green PCB drives from show.

    The fact it actually increases temps is a bit awkward, but much of this 'Thermal Amour' and such like is really about marketing and looks rather than performance.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    This test was done without a videocard, i m curious how it behaves with a r9 390x installed and stressed at the same time with the ssd.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    All the motherboard cooling is rubbish anyway.

    I remember back to the days when you'd rip off the northbridge cooler and replace it with a £2 blue finned Zalman thing because it cooled far better than the short, flat stock heatsink that dissipated sod all heat.

    Things haven't changed much.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Quote Originally Posted by Raven74 View Post
    This test was done without a videocard, i m curious how it behaves with a r9 390x installed and stressed at the same time with the ssd.
    Good point.

    MB makers are struggling to differentiate their products, this 'armour' stuff is pretty useless (as is the RGB lighting fad), a more open MB is better for airflow IMHO.

    Though Asrock's 'water-proofing' of some of their designs has some merit I suppose; their ideas are often quite interesting whilst never gaining much traction (still have a 754/939 (?) dual socket MB somewhere)...
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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    I have been fortunate that the motherboards I have fitted M.2's to have all had their slots away from the PCI slots. Enough that I can fit some high finned heat sinks and I can position a fan to blow over them. Personally I don't like the shield idea, unless they had it as a heat sink - it would block to much airflow - maybe they could fit a small fan to move air at this spot.
    I started fitting heat sinks and positioning a fan when I first got a XP941 and saw Pugetsystems article on the heat they get - 113ºC - https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/ar...ification-575/ and a later one with the SM951 when the XP941 got to 117ºC - https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/ar...M-2-Drive-703/ . I have even seen a Skull Canyon with a 951 fitted - it had the base left off and was sitting on a laptop cooler.
    Here is a test where they tried a couple of different methods for extra cooling on a 950 Pro with good results in all - https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/ar...g-Testing-795/
    To me it seems no point having a fast M.2 unless you find a way to get rid of the heat more efficiently, problem is that in most situations, the manufacturers sell just bare M.2's (no heatsink) and say "Warranty Void if Removed" on the sticker covering the controller - they know how hot these things can get but do nothing.. If they make claims about a product and expect us to use it near it's potential, at least allow us to cool it better to stop throttling and shortening it's life.
    Last edited by whatif; 04-02-2017 at 10:40 AM. Reason: To many spelling mistakes :-)

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Thanks for the links.

    Most M.2 slots are positioned in locations with limited potential for passive airflow, so I'd prioritise getting active airflow over the SSD too. I'd expect this is normally enough to completely avoid throttling; one can always check temps under key workloads and then add a heatsink if necessary.

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    Re: MSI M.2 Heat Shield increases SSD temperatures in testing

    Well crap, now how do I delete the correction?

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