They have managed to solve a notable bottleneck in the computers, but they have created an additional problem. SSDs have major temperature problems that increase each time a new PCIe interface is adopted. To correct this problem, Thermalright has announced the heatsinks HR-10 2280 PRO and the HR-10 2280 PRO BLACKwhich integrate a fan to reduce the temperature of the SSD.
PCIe 3.0 SSDs have already shown the first temperature problems. The problem has grown with PCIe 4.0 SSD units, which require a heatsink to avoid Thermal Throttling. An issue that has become critical with PCIe 5.0 drives, which require coolers with fans.
The problem with M.2 PCIe 5.0 SSDs is so serious that they are almost impossible to find on the market after two years “on the market.” Although, theoretically, they have been on the market for two years, there are hardly any units of this type due to their thermal problems.
New heatsinks to solve the problem of M.2 SSDs
They have been presented by Thermalright two new heatsinks unit specific M.2 SSD. Specifically, the brand has launched the units HR-10 2280 PRO and the HR-10 2280 PRO BLACK. A high-density solution that includes a small fan to dissipate heat from the unit.
The HR-10 2280 PRO model has four 5mm heatpipes passing through a dense block of aluminum fins. The idea is to effectively dissipate heat from newer SSDs. Integrate a 30mm fan to dissipate heat more efficiently.
Regarding the fan, say that it has a 4-pin PWM connector which ranges between 3,500 RPM and 6,500 RPM. They do not reveal the loudness, but we are talking about a small fan working at high speeds, which can generate a lot of noise.
Apparently this heatsink has a height of almost 44 mm, making it incompatible with graphics cards. Most motherboards on the market have an M.2 between the graphics card and the processor. The problem is the thermal “sandwich” between the heatsink and the graphics card.
On the other hand, we have the HR-10 2280 PRO BLACK, which is physically identical to the previous model. The difference is that one is white and the other is black color, without further ado. It allows the user to purchase the unit that best fits their design.
Availability and price
The Thermalright HR-10 2280 PRO and HR-10 2280 PRO BLACK units have dimensions of 23.7 mm wide, 90.3 mm long and 43.8 mm wide. It’s a shame that it doesn’t have RGB, since it would surely help heat dissipation much more.
Both units will be launched on the market on October 11 and the price would be around $25, according to reports. The truth is that it is not a bad price for this heatsink taking into account its general characteristics. But of course, you have to value the additional noise you add to the system.
Note that Thermalright indicates that this unit has a 1-year warranty. This is not legal in Spain, since currently brands are required by legislation to offer a 3-year warranty. Another thing is that they ignore this rule with excuses and with “guarantee conditions” that only seek to avoid the problem.