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The form factor SSDs M.2 is now very popular, even on desktop platforms, not least because, in addition to the old SATA interface with a bandwidth of 6 Gb / s, it allows you to use PCI Express x4 interface, version 3.0 provides throughput of 32 Gb / s. M.2 drives all good, but, unfortunately, prone to overheating, especially if the appropriate connector on the system board and set a poor attempt to add SSD radiator result in inability to install any expansion cards. Samsung equips its flagship model 960 Pro Copper label, but it helps the weak and throttling still there.

Copper sticker Samsung 960 Pro is too thin, and is located on the reverse side of the board

One option for cooling the organization of such drive is to use a card-adapter with connector PCIe x4 and developed radiator, but this solution is not suitable all and also occupies one of the precious slots PCIe x16. MSI is offering another option, which, however, has not yet gone on sale, but is still in development and is mentioned in the company’s official blog on Facebook. Set under the name MSI M.2 SHIELD is extremely simple and is a flat plate radiator with thermal pads, ensuring close contact with the chip mounted on the circuit board SSD.

 the MSI solution seems much more logical, the only question is the effectiveness of the thermal interface

the MSI solution seems much more logical, the only question is the effectiveness of the thermal interface

Judging by the marking, the kit is versatile and is suitable for M.2 drives of almost any size – 2224, 2260 and 2280 left behind only a custom and rarely used 22110. The material from which the plate is made, unknown, type of thermal interface too. If the latter would be very effective, and the plate is copper, it can be nice to cool the ardor of monsters like the Pro 960 Samsung, and avoid throttling, and hence the performance drop. While the use of copper does not indicate any detail on the slides, and the aluminum plate may be significantly less effective, but what is the real effectiveness of M.2 SHIELD we learn only with the announcement of a new series of products MSI GAMING logo.

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