TIL – 3rd party m.2 heat sinks are a thing

I guess it shouldn’t be that surprising that 3rd party m.2 heat sinks exist. Device designers have been using heat absorbers in cases like the NUC chassis for ages. It’s just never occurred to me that in a less constrained thermal environment that there would be any use for one, and if it were the m.2 would come with one…

Its safe to say m.2 SSDs have taken over as the preferred form factor for those building a PC in the current generation. Both Intel and AMD motherboards have support for the form factor and vendors have been producing these drives going on five years now. That said without the enclosure encompassing the drives acting as a heat sink, heat itself has seemingly been more of an issue with the m.2 form factor than ever before.