Friday, March 17th 2017

SilverStone Releases the TP01-M2 Thermal Pads for Your M.2 SSD

That some M.2 SSDs throttle their speeds because of increased operating temperatures has already been demonstrated. Some companies, like Plextor, have even launched M.2 SSDs with specifically-developed heatsinks to reduce operating temperatures and thus reduce performance degradation. Other companies, Like MSI, have started incorporating M.2 heatsinks on their motherboard design, looking to attract more customers on the prospect of increased SSD performance - though some say the merits of MSI's approach are debatable.

Now, SilverStone has announced a more cost-effective - and compatible - way of improving thermals of your M.2 SSD of choice, by introducing its TP01-M2 thermal pads. These pads are colored blue (because blue means cool, see?), and the company claims their usage on a Samsung SM951 SSD brought about improvements of around 15ºC in the operating temperatures, down to 71ºC from the 86ºC sans thermal pads. These go for around 5€ a pack, which comes with two 20 mm (W) x 100 mm (D), one with 0.5 mm thickness, and another with improved cooling capabilities but a greater 1.5 mm thickness.

Source: Silverstonetek
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15 Comments on SilverStone Releases the TP01-M2 Thermal Pads for Your M.2 SSD

#1
Hood
"Heat conduction pad" - where is it conducting this heat to? This just covers the components, how does that reduce heat? For a thermal pad to work, it must conduct the heat into a heat sink, which then dissipates it into the surrounding air through fins. This is more marketing BS, just like MSI's "solution".
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#2
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Only way to test it is to buy it, it's only 5€ a pack, why not.
I would probably use it in combination with a good heatsink though.
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#3
Beertintedgoggles
Wait... are they insinuating that red is bad???? Red means fast!! Leave these pads in the trash for fast performance!

Edit: In reference to the pictures with no metrics involved whatsoever.
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#4
erixx
it is easy , me thinks... it transfers heat to the pcb, metal bracket etc.
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#5
Caring1
Nothing a small fan can't fix.
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#6
nemesis.ie
erixx said:
it is easy , me thinks... it transfers heat to the pcb, metal bracket etc.
Yes, the pics are really bad, it appears to sit UNDER the SSD and conducts heat from the back side to the motherboard or card PCB and thus a larger surface area/removing "trapped" heat under it.

So it could actually help a bit. A second one on the top with a bit of aliuminium attached would likely be even better.
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#7
Dj-ElectriC
I didn't understand how helpful this thing is until:






Now it all makes sense to me.
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#8
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Hood said:
"Heat conduction pad" - where is it conducting this heat to? This just covers the components, how does that reduce heat? For a thermal pad to work, it must conduct the heat into a heat sink, which then dissipates it into the surrounding air through fins. This is more marketing BS, just like MSI's "solution".
pretty much in the point,

erixx said:
it is easy , me thinks... it transfers heat to the pcb, metal bracket etc.
not making so much sense, since PCB its under m.2 ... were airflow its minimal ...but watching carefully the images, seems like you are in the point,

i still preffer using small heatsinks ... than using that crap

Regards,
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#9
deu
My mind is still blown by the fact that they have somehow un-undiscovered aluminium cooling and are so set on NOT discovering it for SSD's. "Its not like it work passive for stuff using way more watts RIGHT!?!!" - (somone who owned a nForce 680i SLI mobo...)
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
Caring1 said:
Nothing a small fan can't fix.
Nothing what any other thermal pad could not do too lol.
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#11
Prima.Vera
I think some review should be in order
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#12
nemesis.ie
AsRock said:
Nothing what any other thermal pad could not do too lol.
Yes, you are effectively just paying for the shape/cutting.

As P.V says, we need a review, if it does something useful I'm sure I have some pad material on the shelf I can pop in.
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#13
AsRock
TPU addict
Prima.Vera said:
I think some review should be in order
nemesis.ie said:
Yes, you are effectively just paying for the shape/cutting.

As P.V says, we need a review, if it does something useful I'm sure I have some pad material on the shelf I can pop in.
Yeah a review would help along with a price tag, so we can see how much your paying for the name.
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#14
DeathtoGnomes
so why not just add a few copper square heatsinks to the top of each chip?

something like these.

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#15
Hood
DeathtoGnomes said:
so why not just add a few copper square heatsinks to the top of each chip?

something like these.


Much more effective, I used these on my Pi2's chips, with good success.
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