This extravagant passive M.2 SSD cooler is just $ 20

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Ineo USA is marketing a new M.2 heatsink with a unique design that adds a golden arc tunnel to your motherboard for $ 19.99. The Ineo M.2 2280 SSD Pure Cooper heatsink [M12] features a premium look, with its pure copper heat pipe wrapped around a sturdy anodized aluminum base, and promises to provide a cooling effect of 10 to 25 degrees Celsius (C) to your M.2 2280 SSD stress. Ineo’s passive cooler, spotted on Amazon by FanlessTech, is quite affordable at $ 19.99 and 30 is available at the time of writing.

Heatsink Ineo M.2 Pure Cooper

(Image credit: Ineo)

Taking a closer look at Ineo’s design, it seems reasonable. The choice of materials seems to be good, but it looks like Ineo could have rectified the pipes to match the base level of the aluminum heatsink (like Gigabyte’s Direct-Touch heat pipe technology, and others) . Instead, the company suggests filling the resulting hollows between the heat pipes with thermal paste clips, which seems inefficient and wasteful. Not to mention that it is rare to hear of applying thermal paste to an SSD. Ineo provides a “high performance thermal paste” as well as a double sided thermal blanket to ensure that your new M.2 SSD is properly seated in the passive assembly.

Heatsink Ineo M.2 Pure Cooper

(Image credit: Ineo)

Most PC DIYers would likely prefer fewer fans in the system case and simpler solutions with no moving parts, especially those who want to orient a build towards a quiet, quiet, or even fully passive design. Possibly the Ineo M.2 2280 Pure Cooper SSD heatsink [M12] will be a great fit, so people don’t need to add more fans, and at $ 19.99, it’s not prohibitively expensive. In fact, if it’s successful, we’ll likely see similar designs or even clones, perhaps at cheaper levels. The question is whether Ineo’s 10-25 degree Celsius cooling effect is accurate, and whether it will be enough to satisfy demanding users in the third-party M.2 2280 SSD cooling market.

Passive or active ? – Options abound

Over the past few weeks, we’ve documented the release of several SSD heatsinks with active cooling: Fan design, October saw the debut of the Icy Box IB-M2HSF-705 promising 40% cooling improvements over the previous ones. passive designs, and in September, Team Group announced the development of the T-Force Cardea Liquid II AiO cooler for M.2 2280 SSDs.

We might think the above coolers are a bit of a stretch, as we are currently living in the era of NVMe PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 SSDs. The proliferation of these active coolers suggests that the upcoming stream of PCIe 5.0 SSDs with transfer speeds approaching 15Gb / s, could be a bit more thermally challenged and could more often see its potential performance thermally reduced under stress. However, until we’ve tested some of these SSDs in the real world, it’s not easy to comment on the practicalities of using a simple heatsink versus an extreme solution like the Cardea cooler. Team Group’s Liquid II AiO – or something in between.

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