M.2-heatsinks review: which SSD-cooler performs best?

SSD-coolers of motherboard manufacturers and EK compared


Eight heatsinks manufactured by ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and EK

Right now ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all supply M.2-heatsinks with their more expensive motherboards. ASUS has the most variants; there are no less than four different heatsinks of that brand in this test. The first participant is the silver coloured compact heatsink of the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming. We also added the heatsinks of the ROG Maximus X Hero and TUF X299 Mark 1. The biggest heatsink in this test is by far the ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming. This is a gigantic combined chipset- and SSD-heatsink – but does size mean everything?

Gigabyte uses a single type of heatsink, although the aesthetic is different in some cases which depends on the motherboard. It is a slightly thicker piece of metal with a few cooling fins. With MSI we almost always see the so-called M.2 Shield, which is strikingly thin in comparison with the other heatsinks. However, on the X299 XPower there is an ‘M.2 Shield Frozr’-heatsink, which looks a lot more impressive.

We primarily know EK from their water cooling products, but recently they have also started selling separate m.2-heatsinks. Because of the many fins we have high expectations of the cooling performance of this heatsink – you would think that a cooling manufacturer knows how to create an effective heatsink. The EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink costs 15 dollars a piece and is available in the colours black, silver, red, blue, green, purple and gold – something for everyone.


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

EK Waterblocks EK-M.2 Black


EK Waterblocks EK-M.2 Nickel


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