WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) 500 GB Review 25

WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) 500 GB Review

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Thermal Throttling

Due to the compact form factor, M.2 drives lack the ability to cool themselves and usually have to rely on passive airflow instead. As a safeguard, all vendors include some form of thermal throttling on their drives, which limits throughput once a certain temperature is exceeded.

On this page, we will investigate whether the tested drive has such a mechanism, how high temperatures get, and what effect this has on performance. We will test the drive in a typical case and the M.2 slot between the CPU and VGA card. A second data point shows the result when a 120 mm fan is blowing directly on the tested drive. Each of the charts has time moving from left to right, with the blue line displaying transfer speed in MB/s and the red line showing the temperature in °C (measured using SMART).

Reads


In a pure read scenario, the drive doesn't throttle at all.

Writes


No throttling in writes either—very good. The drops you see across the whole chart are present in both tests—with and without a fan, so the drive's temperature can't be the reason for them. Rather, it's an effect of the relatively small SLC write cache.

Thermal Image & Hot Spot

Thermal Camera FLIR Image during Write Test

We recorded a thermal image of the running SSD as it was completing the write test. The hottest part reached 85°C, which is about 10°C higher than what the drive's own SMART temperature monitoring reports (76°C), but not critically high in any way.
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