Monday, April 4th 2022

Thermalright Intros HR-09 2280 Pro, a Humongous M.2 SSD Heatsink

We saw such a contraption taking shape for a while now, as M.2 NVMe SSD transfer-rates increase, and controller thermal-throttling begin to significantly impact performance. The new HR-09 2280 Pro by Thermalright is a humongous heatsink designed for SSDs in the M.2-2280 form-factor. Its design involves a nickel-plated copper base-plate, from which two 6 mm heat pipes convey heat through an aluminium fin-stack that's 74 mm tall. 24 mm wide, and 86 mm in length; weighing 90 g. The heatsink does not appear to have latches for fans, nor are any fan-clips included; but one can improvise clips for a 60 mm fan. The company developed a smaller version of this, called simply the HR-09 2280. This one uses a single 6 mm-thick heat-pipe, and its fin-stack is just 48 mm tall; with a total weight of 80 g. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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66 Comments on Thermalright Intros HR-09 2280 Pro, a Humongous M.2 SSD Heatsink

#1
CallandorWoT
It looks like a weapon. wtf is with the sharp jagged edges... lmao

can it seriously not be rounded to a less jabby jab style?

be careful putting your hand inside PC cases in the future... I thought my Noctua heatsink was bad... good God... lol
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btarunr
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CallandorWoTIt looks like a weapon. wtf is with the sharp jagged edges... lmao

can it seriously not be rounded to a less jabby jab style?

be careful putting your hand inside PC cases in the future... I thought my Noctua heatsink was bad... good God... lol
M.2 SSD is the new northbridge (an ugly hot component between your CPU socket and graphics card slot).
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#3
CallandorWoT
btarunrM.2 SSD is the new northbridge (an ugly hot component between your CPU socket and graphics card slot).
I'm looking forward to other designs is all... zoom in on some of those pictures... its literally tiny jagged knives. lmao.... at least polish them off and round them off a little, bloody hell... literally and metaphorically lol
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#4
Crackong
Only the controller chip needs cooling and, it doesn't need that much of cooling..
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#5
CallandorWoT
CrackongOnly the controller chip needs cooling and, it doesn't need that much of cooling..
I think these heatsinks may be in preparation for nvme gen5, that is how I understand it anyway, they are expected to run much hotter.
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#6
sollord
btarunrM.2 SSD is the new northbridge (an ugly hot component between your CPU socket and graphics card M.2 slot).
M.2 NAND is so much fun needs to be on the warm side and shouldn't be cooled for endurance reasons but the controller chip need to be cooled for performance reasons
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#7
Crackong
CallandorWoTI think these heatsinks may be in preparation for nvme gen5, that is how I understand it anyway, they are expected to run much hotter.
TBH

If the PCI-E gen 5 controller needs that kind of cooling
I will treat it as defective products, and never touch them before they fix it.

The m.2 formfactor is a compact formfactor and these products should perform normally under the regular m.2 size constraint..
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#8
DeathtoGnomes
CallandorWoTIt looks like a weapon. wtf is with the sharp jagged edges... lmao

can it seriously not be rounded to a less jabby jab style?

be careful putting your hand inside PC cases in the future... I thought my Noctua heatsink was bad... good God... lol
Those sharp edges are for holding the fan mount clips. :kookoo::rolleyes:
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#9
Nephilim666
I for one welcome a return to hardware which makes you bleed.
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#10
darkbreeze
DeathtoGnomesThose sharp edges are for holding the fan mount clips. :kookoo::rolleyes:
Not according to the article. It specifically states that it is not intended to be used with a fan.
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#11
Tsukiyomi91
that ain't a cooler, that's a literal weapon that could cut through anything.
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#12
darkbreeze
Actually, if you look closely at the expanded image you'll see that all those points ARE rounded off, so in reality there aren't any sharp or "jabby jab" points on it anyhow.
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#13
Chaitanya
CallandorWoTIt looks like a weapon. wtf is with the sharp jagged edges... lmao

can it seriously not be rounded to a less jabby jab style?

be careful putting your hand inside PC cases in the future... I thought my Noctua heatsink was bad... good God... lol
They have brought back their old VRM heatsinks.
www.thermalright.com/product/hr-09-type-4/

Edit: As usual half reporting, thermalright website has 2 different M.2 heatsinks(Pro and plain) listed and here are links to both these:

www.thermalright.com/product/hr-09-2280/

www.thermalright.com/product/hr-09-2280-pro/
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#14
watzupken
This looks ridiculous. The problem with such tall profile cooler is that it will likely cause obstructions to other components around it. Some coolers are already getting blocked by the heatspread for the M.2 SSD that is closest the CPU. You can install the M.2 SSD in slots located closer to the bottom/ middle of the motherboard. But with graphic cards getting fatter fatter and fatter each generation, that won’t cut it either.
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#16
TheDeeGee
M.2 slots arn't designed to hold weights like that.

Also, one bump into that thing and your slot is ripped off the motherboard.
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#17
Cutechri
Why does this need to exist? Not only would it look ugly as hell, it could be potentially dangerous for the M.2 slot, apply additional strain to the motherboard, and cause compatibility issues with coolers.
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#18
maxfly
If only they made a black one with rgb. All you nay sayers would be crappin yourselves trying to find one! Hahaha
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#19
AusWolf
I remember the time when my CPU and GPU heatsinks combined weren't this big. I guess I'm getting old. :ohwell:
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#20
Valantar
That design is gloriously 2008 in its flame-finned exuberance. Well done Thermalright. Now please bundle this with some UV CCFLs and a 5.25" front panel with more I/O and fan control than anyone could ever want, please.
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#21
lZKoce
It is a signature Thermalright design with its pros and cons. I instantly recognize their style even without having any other details.
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#22
NutZInTheHead
M.2 NVMe cooling will be very crucial going forward as speeds get faster and faster. Currently games dont need faster than SATA SSD but when Microsoft Direct Storage is here and game devs make their games for that, then the SSD speed becomes very important. And as someone said above cooling will be for future generation SSDs.
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#23
looniam
well someone has to be the biggest.
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#24
Tigger
I'm the only one
do m.2's really need big sinks on them?

I like these, not sure what the fan would sound like though. They're £28 direct contact heat pipes too.
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#25
theGryphon
Ah, Thermalright, this took me back 2 decades, making me feel nostalgic...
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