Friday, March 29th 2019

Galaxy Unveils HOF M.2 PCIe SSD with Heat-pipe Based Heatsink

High-end M.2 NVMe SSDs are beginning to come with integrated heatsinks as overheating controllers impact sustained performance. The latest such drive is a new edition of the Hall of Fame (HOF) M.2 PCIe series from Galaxy, which come with a chunky aluminium heatsink, only this one isn't just another hunk of metal. This heatsink uses a flattened copper heat pipe to pull heat from the drive's hot components and spread it evenly along both sides of the aluminium block. The heat pipe makes direct contact with the drive's Phison PS5012-E12 8-channel controller and Toshiba-made 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash chips.

The heatsink wraps around sideways of the drive and so it may not be a perfect fit for NVMe RAID cards with multiple M.2 slots side-by-side, although for most applications, such as the M.2 slot on the motherboard, the design could click. The drive comes in capacities of 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. All three models offer sequential read speeds of up to 3400 MB/s. The 1 TB and 2 TB models write at up to 2800 MB/s, while the 512 GB writes at up to 2000 MB/s. 4K random access performance of the 2 TB and 1 TB models are rated at up to 400,000 IOPS reads with up to 600,000 IOPS writes; and up to 400,000 IOPS reads with up to 540,000 IOPS writes for the 512 GB model. The drive is initially being launched in China, and could make its way to western markets under the Galax and KFA2 brands later this year.
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35 Comments on Galaxy Unveils HOF M.2 PCIe SSD with Heat-pipe Based Heatsink

#1
Crackong
How many "Excalibur" thing have they made ?
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#3
Dammeron
Is that styrofoam? Cause it sure looks like one...
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#4
kastriot
Where is water cooling block? :P
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#7
Caring1
Expensive paint scraper :p
This one is cheaper
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#9
Hugh Mungus
s3thra, post: 4021685, member: 186348"
Conjures up memories of the when OCZ was putting out Reaper RAM modules with a heatpipes running off the heat spreaders: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/PC3-15000_6GB_Reaper_HPC/

These M.2 drives aren't quite at that level yet, but I think that's where we're headed pretty soon... oh wait, there is this: http://www.cryorig.com/cx18_frostbit_us.php

:eek:
Can't wait for der8auer/steve overclocking some nvme ssd's and playing crysis on the ssd alone! Now THAT would be a gaming SSD! XD
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#10
Recus
I remember Gamer Nexus tested MSI M.2 heat shield but everyone else seems to ignore doing M.2 coolers reviews.
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#11
Slizzo
Recus, post: 4021734, member: 96809"
I remember Gamer Nexus tested MSI M.2 heat shield but everyone else seems to ignore doing M.2 coolers reviews.
It's because it's pretty stupid to use them. Controllers get hot, yes, but most of the time they are still within spec.

The flash however, NEEDS heat in order to increase switching speed. So if you cool down your controller and your flash, you're still net negative on performance usually.
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#12
bonehead123
Is that really an m2 drive with a white PCB peeking out from under the heatsink ??????

Anyone know if it is made by galaxy also or some other mfgr ?
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#13
Fx
s3thra, post: 4021685, member: 186348"
Conjures up memories of the when OCZ was putting out Reaper RAM modules with a heatpipes running off the heat spreaders: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/PC3-15000_6GB_Reaper_HPC/

These M.2 drives aren't quite at that level yet, but I think that's where we're headed pretty soon... oh wait, there is this: http://www.cryorig.com/cx18_frostbit_us.php

:eek:
IKR. Can I get some high performance with my high performance? Throw some RGBs on there too while you are at it!
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#15
Jism
Are'nt people taking the cooling mods with extra additions of plastic, RGB and all to a complete different level? lol. I know that NVME ssd's require heatsinks, esp in hotter climates as performance could suffer once exceeding 65 to 70 degrees or so, even my NVME is without a heatink on avg of 66 degrees when put to work.
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#16
nickbaldwin86
no water cooling fittings.... hard pass!

agree with above... here lies "Hall of Fame"
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#17
INSTG8R
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s3thra, post: 4021685, member: 186348"
Conjures up memories of the when OCZ was putting out Reaper RAM modules with a heatpipes running off the heat spreaders: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/PC3-15000_6GB_Reaper_HPC/

These M.2 drives aren't quite at that level yet, but I think that's where we're headed pretty soon... oh wait, there is this: http://www.cryorig.com/cx18_frostbit_us.php

:eek:
I had Reapers, they were brilliant!
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#18
cellar door
Slizzo, post: 4021783, member: 97498"
It's because it's pretty stupid to use them. Controllers get hot, yes, but most of the time they are still within spec.

The flash however, NEEDS heat in order to increase switching speed. So if you cool down your controller and your flash, you're still net negative on performance usually.
Yes, this is 100% - PCperspective storage expert Alen talked about this many times. NAND needs the heat to operate properly and it actually extends its lifespan.

A tiny square heatsink on the controller itself is the only thing you need, and only if you run production workloads. Normally the typical burst operations of a desktop user are next to nothing.
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#19
Jism
Have a link on that subject?
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#20
blobster21
cellar door, post: 4021931, member: 159924"
A tiny square heatsink on the controller itself is the only thing you need, and only if you run production workloads. Normally the typical burst operations of a desktop user are next to nothing.
Shhhh ! you're ruining a great business model !!
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#23
silentbogo
btarunr, post: 4021631, member: 43587"
Galaxy
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#24
Recus
cellar door, post: 4021931, member: 159924"
Yes, this is 100% - PCperspective storage expert Alen talked about this many time. NAND needs the heet to operate properly and it actually extends its lifespan.

A tiny square heatsink on the controller itself is the only thing you need, and only if you run production workloads. Normally the typical burst operations of a desktop user are next to nothing.
Interesting. :cool:

So what you guys would choose for OS, Photoshop, games? Corsair Force MP300 240GB (58€), Patriot Viper VPN100 256GB (w/heatsink) (68€), WD Black SN750 250GB (80€).

Asking for a friend.
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#25
Eskimonster
I love the comunty says its stupid to over cool it, its realy great info.
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