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M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives Have Problems with Overheating

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M.2 NVMe SSD memory storage devices are newer and faster but also prone to overheating.

 

Electronics fail. That’s nothing new, but when it comes to a memory storage device or hard drive failing, that can be a game changer.

Having a fast hard drive can really speed up work and play performance on PCs. For good reason, that kind of lure has increased the demand for the ultra-fast M.2 NVMe SSD’s.

The drive itself is living up to its speed performance requirements quite nicely; the problem comes from the heat the speed of the M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives produce. Manufacturers haven’t done much of anything to protect them from overheating.

Excessive heat is known to cause damage to electronics and could potentially lead to more frequent drive failures. At this point, Samsung does the most to help with the overheating issue, and that’s not saying much; all they do is put an aluminum sticker on the SSD in order to spread some of the heat. The great part is that if you remove that sticker and install a heat sink for cooling the device, you’re voiding the warranty.

Instead of helping to maintain a decent temperature for the solid state drives, manufacturers are instead throttling the performance of the M.2 NVMe SSDs.

So, for now, if you build a computer using an M.2 NVMe SSD, make sure that you’re placing it in an area inside the case where it will receive as much airflow as possible. You should also regularly back up any data that you store on your M.2 NVMe SSD.

With any luck, manufacturers will start to recognize the overheating issues and will start supplying ways of cooling the devices down instead of just throttling their performance.

As always, if you have any concerns, give us a call here at Rhyno Networks. (855) 749-6648

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