I too laughed at this ridiculous SSD tower cooler and now I’m afraid it portends an overheated future


From the looks of this new SSD tower cooler, I’m a bit scared how hot the new PCIe 5.0 SSDs are going to get once AMD’s Zen 4 (opens in a new tab) and Intel’s Raptor Lake (opens in a new tab) platform launch. If they need that kind of cooling, we’ll have to think about where we place our graphics cards and SSDs relative to each other.

This third generation JiuShark SSD cooler (opens in a new tab) may sound like an april fool’s joke, but damn it, if this thing chills your reader as well as it promises – and next-gen readers really need some serious cooling – then you might just be grateful to have another piece of metal attached to your motherboard.

Our partner site, Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab)unearthed SSD chip cooler via SI-129 (opens in a new tab) on Twitter, and at just $13 (via direct currency conversion), it sounds like a bargain. The reported cooling performance means you can achieve a 31% and 38% temperature reduction (on the memory and controller chips respectively) just by installing the heatsink itself. Attach a 60mm fan to it and you’re talking about an even more drastic reduction in temperatures.

The Flash memory chips will then run 54% cooler and the memory controller temperature will drop 57%. Those are pretty spectacular numbers and based on the Samsung 980 Pro, which is a modern PCIe 4.0 SSD.

While it’s obviously important to state that these are manufacturer supplied benchmarks and we cannot guarantee that this is the type of thermal performance you might expect in the real world until until we get our hands on it.

Listen, I started laughing at the ridiculous idea of ​​attaching a tower cooler to an SSD – haha, talk about exaggeration, I think – but these temperature deltas make me reconsider my original derision.

Granted, the Samsung 980 Pro isn’t incredibly hot under load, but it can throttle if pushed too far. Standard heatsinks will do enough to keep this drive cool enough that performance is never affected, but if PCIe 5.0 SSDs really push the thermal envelope much harder, then we might just be ready for this kind of extreme cooling.

I mean, if they really double the transfer performance of current generation SSDs (opens in a new tab), so maybe they’ll need their max temperatures halved as well. At the moment, messaging is a bit mixed; Phison told MSI that he expects to “see heatsinks for Gen5…but eventually we’ll need a fan that also pushes air just above the heatsink.”

Although this same representative, Sébastien Jean, told us that he was not talking about the future controller of Phison (opens in a new tab). “Phison is also working closely with our motherboard partners to improve onboard integrated passive cooling,” he said. “This eliminates the need to add expensive third-party solutions while maintaining high levels of performance and reliability.”

Regardless of the full story, we expect additional heat in next-gen. And, given the location of a motherboard’s primary M.2 SSD slot, there’s the potential for a conflict when a hot, heavy graphics card is installed right next to a next-gen drive. The benchmarks above don’t account for this GPU thermal uncertainty, and having a pair of super hot components next to each other is definitely not a good idea.

I can definitely see mobo makers rethinking where they block their SSD slots in the future if this type of cooling becomes interesting enough to be widely used.


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