TeamGroup has launched what it claims is the world’s first M.2 type issue strong state drive (SSD) outfitted with an industrial grade vapor chamber cooling answer, the N74V-M80. The pitch is that porting vapor chamber cooling over to M.2 SSDs is an efficient solution to forestall performance-robbing warmth buildup. Because as you already know, SSDs take care of an excessive amount of warmth by throttling, identical to CPUs and GPUs.
It sounds swell in idea, although we’re skeptical how a lot distinction this patented heatsink design has over a conventional heatsink. TeamGroup hasn’t shared any efficiency claims in that regard. Instead, it claims the flamboyant cooler delays the slowdown mechanism (i.e., throttling) to finally cut back information write occasions by a large 75 %, in comparison with no heatsink in any respect.
TeamGroup stated it adopted the vapor cooling expertise that’s present in some cellular gadgets and redesigned it from the bottom up for this new SSD line.
“Through the specially designed VC liquid cooling tubes, cooling fluid is pumped to the heat zone of PCIe M.2 SSD controller. Heat is then transferred to the aluminum fin heat sink with a convective design via gas-liquid phase transition to enhance thermal performance. The N74V-M80 combines the functions of heat absorption, conduction, and dissipation to better transfer and regulate thermal energy.,” TeamGroup explains.
Whether that is truly worthwhile in a type issue that is roughly the scale of a stick of gum, we would need to run some direct comparisons to know for certain. Beyond the vapor chamber factor, the heatsink on the N74V-M80 sports activities an aluminum finned design with grooves for air to movement over the drive.
This is a PCIe 3.0 mannequin that is rated to ship as much as 3,445MB/s of sequential learn efficiency and as much as 2,520MB/s of sequential writes. Those are quick in a vacuum, however outclassed by right now’s quickest PCIe 4.0 fashions, which push speeds north of seven,000MB/s. There’s additionally the upcoming launch of client PCIe 5.0 fashions—they’re already accessible within the service house, reminiscent of Kioxia’s new CM7 sequence boasting 14GB/s reads.
To be truthful, it would not sound like TeamGroup is concentrating on dwelling shoppers, and as a substitute has industrial purposes in its sights. No pricing info is accessible, solely that the N74V-M80 is obtainable in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities.