M.2 SSD’s Throttling Issue Resolved; Aqua Computer Offers KryoM.2 PCIe Riser and Passive Heatsink
M.2 SSDs are known for delivering ultra fast transfer rates; however, these faster transfer rates are associated with heating issues, as well. The M.2 SSD starts to throttle as soon as the temperature reaches a certain critical point, resulting in degradation of performance. The good news is: the German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has found a work around the issue in the form of a high quality PCIe 3.0 4x card KryoM.2.
The KryoM.2 features a multilayer PCB with gold surface where individual layers are interconnected to ensure optimal thermal management. The connector for the M.2 SSD comes from Amphenol, with the PCIe contacts plated with hard gold to enhance performance and reliability.
Mounted with a thermal pad, the M.2 SSD has its adapter card designed to offer a passive cooling on its own; however, to achieve the best cooling performance, the adapter card can also used with a passive heat sink made of black anodized aluminum or a water block made of copper. In that case, a second thermal pad is there which covers the front side of the M.2 SSD.
Further, the connector terminal is the same as used for Aqua Computers kryographics blocks, meaning these kryoconnect adapter kits can be used to connect several blocks directly with each other.
Available variants and prices (inc. VAT) are as under:
- KryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter – 18.90 EUR
- KryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter with passive heat sink – 29.90 EUR
- KryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter with water block – 67.90 EUR
- Passive heat sink for kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter – 12.90 EUR
- Water block for kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter – 49.90 EUR
The KryoM.2 card and the heat sinks are already available for order through Aqua Computers web-shop, with shipping starting by the end of May.