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Have you constructed a machine not too long ago, loyal HotHardware reader? If you could have, then it in all probability included an M.2 SSD, and if it did, then you definately’re nicely conscious of the annoyance that’s the M.2 screw. Too small for the screwdriver you employ for the remainder of the PC, and terrifyingly tiny in case you drop it on the ground, the screw is decidedly the largest M.2-related nuisance.

It’s the type of factor that makes infomercial stars scream, “there has to be a better way!” Well, because it seems, there’s, or no less than will probably be. MSI is debuting a characteristic referred to as “Screwless M.2 Shield Frozr” on its Socket AM5 motherboards. The firm demonstrated it throughout its livestream again at Computex in May, however the presenter had some bother with it and it was arduous to see the way it works.

Now, due to Twitter person and occasional leakster chi11eddog (@g01d3nm4ng0 on Twitter), now we have a number of leaked photographs that appear as an example the characteristic in higher element. One seems to be from the product web page of an MSI motherboard, one other one appears prefer it’s a snip from a guide, and the third seems to be some sort of industrial diagram. We’ll embed all of them right here so you may eye them up.

It appears just like the system is a complete mount-and-heatsink combo setup, as we do not assume the mount would work correctly with out the heatsink in place. Essentially, you put in the M.2 SSD round a stationary peg, snap a few pegs on the heatsink into the bracket across the M.2 socket, and then you definately pop the retention peg from the M.2 socket into the opposite finish of the heatsink.

M.2 SSDs can work simply effective with out a screw holding them down—do not ask how we all know this—so it isn’t like they want a bunch of mounting strain like a CPU heatsink. The heatsink that they are utilizing is sweet and beefy, too, though we want it had fins or no less than ridges to enhance the floor space. As it stands, the highest of the heatsink is a flat piece of anodized aluminum that does not appear to be it should really dissipate a lot warmth.

Chi11eddog says the design is approaching MSI Socket AM5 motherboards with X670 and B650 chipsets, in addition to others. One of the pictures says the characteristic is patent-pending; hopefully that does not dissuade different distributors from attempting comparable concepts (ASUS showcased a screwless design of its personal final 12 months). Eliminating the horrible M.2 screw would take away another irritation from DIY PC constructing.