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Got a heatsink to go with that SN850X. It's the same model Sabrent bundles with some of their drives:

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It comes nicely cradled in a foam insert and has the look and feel of a premium product. The manual is in Chinese, but the installation is straightforward. A mini screwdriver and a spare M.2 screw are included:

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Two generic 1mm thermopads are pre-applied, with one extra to cushion a single-sided drive. The heatsink itself is a big chunk of aluminum skewered with three solid copper rods:

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At 23mm height it should fit most configs. I'm planning to do some thermal testing when I replace my current OS drive.
 

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Clarification much appreciated

I consider this design a joke
 
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A solid copper rod will conduct heat perfectly fine - it is just bad at high thermal density applications. Same wattage but higher temps as it moves heat more slowly.

Which is supposed to be good for NAND.
 
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Actually not; a thin copper heat sink would beat the thick aluminum with rods.

Not here to argue... just discuss.

The vertical copper cross section is tiny compared to that of the aluminum;
thinner aluminum alone would probably beat the combination.
 
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I would go so far as to argue it has negative consequences; look at the thickness of the device.
 
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I would go so far as to argue it has negative consequences; look at the thickness of the device.
Thickness doesn't necessarily equate to lower heat dissipation, just longer time until heat saturation and a larger delta-T for the same wattage. Essentially it will keep your SSD warm but not too hot.
 
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Fair enough, that is why I argue that a thinner aluminum heatsink (without copper) would be its equal or superior.
 
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I would go so far as to argue it has negative consequences; look at the thickness of the device.
The thickness can be an issue in a cramped system, but otherwise it's not a problem.

Fair enough, that is why I argue that a thinner aluminum heatsink (without copper) would be its equal or superior.
There are definitely pro & cons to each. Better airflow and more room in a spacious case will give a larger heatsink, like the one above, room to radiate their heat. In a smaller case, like an ITX or even a smaller MATX, a smaller heatsink might grant better results, depending on airflow dynamics.

So you're not wrong flat out, it's just that there is more to the story and a bigger picture at play.
 
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excuse the smudgy fingers and image quality

Finally decided to upgrade from my long-abused Sammy S8-plus.... Grabbed a S22-Ultra (smashing upgrade!!). Was planning on a full cash purchase for the S22/Plus but the week long Black Friday discounts at vodafone was too inviting. Not sure how good of a deal it was but switching from the default 36-month contract to 24-months it works out around £49 per month (£34/m for the device and £15/m for unlimited T/T + 100GB data SIM). So total cost of phone 34 x 24 = £816.

If anyones wandering, the second device on the right is a 5000mah extended battery... something I will need occasionally https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0B136TXNP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

FEEDBACK: The S22-ULTRA ticks so many boxes... perfectly large size, snappy fast (surprisingly), butter smooth and the camera quality/zoom functionality if out of this world (yep ive been living in a cave for the last 5 years). The inserted digital pen is a nice touch although i'm not a pen-man but who knows it might grow on me after a little practice. No expandable storage... a bummer! I overlooked they no longer provide a wall charger, just the cable! Whats up with that? Picked up a belkin USB-C for £17. Anyway, Overall: loving it and a big +1 for the sharp squared-off design which is right up my alley!

Quick question: are you guys still buying tampered glass screen protectors in 2022? Or are these phone screens built like a tank with improved scratch resistance?

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excuse the smudgy fingers and image quality

Finally decided to upgrade from my long-abused Sammy S8-plus.... Grabbed a S22-Ultra (smashing upgrade!!). Was planning on a full cash purchase for the S22/Plus but the week long Black Friday discounts at vodafone was too inviting. Not sure how good of a deal it was but switching from the default 36-month contract to 24-months it works out around £49 per month (£34/m for the device and £15/m for unlimited T/T + 100GB data SIM). So total cost of phone 34 x 24 = £816.

If anyones wandering, the second device on the right is a 5000mah extended battery... something I will need occasionally https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0B136TXNP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

FEEDBACK: The S22-ULTRA ticks so many boxes... perfectly large size, snappy fast (surprisingly), butter smooth and the camera quality/zoom functionality if out of this world (yep ive been living in a cave for the last 5 years). The inserted digital pen is a nice touch although i'm not a pen-man but who knows it might grow on me after a little practice. No expandable storage... a bummer! I overlooked they no longer provide a wall charger, just the cable! Whats up with that? Picked up a belkin USB-C for £17. Anyway, Overall: loving it and a big +1 for the sharp squared-off design which is right up my alley!

Quick question: are you guys still buying tampered glass screen protectors in 2022? Or are these phone screens built like a tank with improved scratch resistance?

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Dunno about more modern phones but I have a crack on my iPhone 8+.. and I have no idea what happened to my phone when it got that. I suppose that you live in UK as you talk of Pounds, don't you guys have unlimited data there? :(
 

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The S22-ULTRA ticks so many boxes
Love my S21U and will likely get an S23U, glad you like yours, I really fig the design!

As for screen protectors, you can use either, I go for a film these days, tempered glass seemed to crack too quickly and it was going through them too fast. Benefit though, the curved glass protectors with UV glue are super easy to get perfect fitment because they will self align to the horizontal axis, if you do it just make sure to tape over the earpiece/speaker grille/ports/buttons etc.
 

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excuse the smudgy fingers and image quality

Finally decided to upgrade from my long-abused Sammy S8-plus.... Grabbed a S22-Ultra (smashing upgrade!!). Was planning on a full cash purchase for the S22/Plus but the week long Black Friday discounts at vodafone was too inviting. Not sure how good of a deal it was but switching from the default 36-month contract to 24-months it works out around £49 per month (£34/m for the device and £15/m for unlimited T/T + 100GB data SIM). So total cost of phone 34 x 24 = £816.

If anyones wandering, the second device on the right is a 5000mah extended battery... something I will need occasionally https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0B136TXNP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

FEEDBACK: The S22-ULTRA ticks so many boxes... perfectly large size, snappy fast (surprisingly), butter smooth and the camera quality/zoom functionality if out of this world (yep ive been living in a cave for the last 5 years). The inserted digital pen is a nice touch although i'm not a pen-man but who knows it might grow on me after a little practice. No expandable storage... a bummer! I overlooked they no longer provide a wall charger, just the cable! Whats up with that? Picked up a belkin USB-C for £17. Anyway, Overall: loving it and a big +1 for the sharp squared-off design which is right up my alley!

Quick question: are you guys still buying tampered glass screen protectors in 2022? Or are these phone screens built like a tank with improved scratch resistance?

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the pen is a great bluetooth clicker for taking photos, set it up on a tripod, aim it, and no wobbles or blur to be seen

Asbolutely get a screen protector, phones have not got any stronger over the years
 
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Dunno about more modern phones but I have a crack on my iPhone 8+.. and I have no idea what happened to my phone when it got that. I suppose that you live in UK as you talk of Pounds, don't you guys have unlimited data there? :(
I use the S10 and a like.
So i use only for whatsapp and something my work, teams, emails, nothing more. I think i will use for more 2 years. haha
 
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I would go so far as to argue it has negative consequences; look at the thickness of the device.
Yes. SSD "heatsinks" are bullshit snake oil that do absolutely nothing if they don't work, and can actually be damaging if they do (because NAND loves high temperatures). That's why the only people who buy them are uneducated idiots.
 
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I got another 4TB MX500 for under 200 quid on Cyber Monday, now I'll finally be able to retire my last hard drive.


Yes. SSD "heatsinks" are bullshit snake oil that do absolutely nothing if they don't work, and can actually be damaging if they do (because NAND loves high temperatures). That's why the only people who buy them are uneducated idiots.
JayzTwoCents did something to do with cooling SSD's and think he got some performance uplift from cooling.
 
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Do you watch any tech videos at all? :D
 
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Dunno about more modern phones but I have a crack on my iPhone 8+.. and I have no idea what happened to my phone when it got that. I suppose that you live in UK as you talk of Pounds, don't you guys have unlimited data there? :(

I currently have 6 sim contracts... x3 unlimited data + x3 capped data. Multiple use-cases... work phone, personal phone, spare phone, x2 tablets for the kids/wife/guests and a sim operated MIFI adapter for the TV. Actually it was x4 unlimited data + x2 capped but with this new upgrade i downgraded to the discounted 100GB which will pop into the S8+ (work phone)... i hardly use anything over 20/30GB p/m on the work phone hence for £15 100gb makes for a nice saving. Unfortunately Vodafone's reception is the best in our area... they charge quite a bit for unlimited SIMs unlike other providers hence i'm glad i got some savings out of it.

the pen is a great bluetooth clicker for taking photos, set it up on a tripod, aim it, and no wobbles or blur to be seen

Asbolutely get a screen protector, phones have not got any stronger over the years

Bluetooth snapper... thats super useful and definitely something i'll be using (product shots/family pics/etc) - the phone just got better :p I think i need to look into tips/tricks to see what else the pen can do.

It would have been amazing if the S22u used some type of military grade glass... oh well, we can't have it all. I'll defo pick something up

Love my S21U and will likely get an S23U, glad you like yours, I really fig the design!

As for screen protectors, you can use either, I go for a film these days, tempered glass seemed to crack too quickly and it was going through them too fast. Benefit though, the curved glass protectors with UV glue are super easy to get perfect fitment because they will self align to the horizontal axis, if you do it just make sure to tape over the earpiece/speaker grille/ports/buttons etc.

Honestly i struggle with those flimsy film type screeners... i always end up with bubbles. Some easily ironed out and others being a pain. I always clean up the area where im applying the extra layer and even use alcoholic wipes for a super clean and dry surface but the bubbles always somehow manage to creep in. Tampered glass just slips without any problems.
 

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Yes. SSD "heatsinks" are bullshit snake oil that do absolutely nothing if they don't work, and can actually be damaging if they do (because NAND loves high temperatures). That's why the only people who buy them are uneducated idiots.
Uh, my intel 6000P NVME would like a word with you. It loves writing at 30MB/s without a heatsink and 600 with.

military grade glass...
no such thing, there is no magical glass that's scratch proof and shatter proof - the harder it gets against scratches the weaker it is against fractures.

With thickness limits and needing to work as a touch screen, there simply is no solution other than disposable covers at present
 
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