Al­pha­cool HDX – M.2 SSDM01

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The first com­pany to of­fer a third-party M.2 heatsink, Al­pha­cool’s fairly sim­ple ex­am­ple com­prises just two alu­minium plates with no fins. As a re­sult, its height is un­der 3mm in­clud­ing its ther­mal pad, and it also cools the un­der­side of the SSD. In­stal­la­tion is fid­dly, though, with four metal clips in­stalled in each cor­ner re­quir­ing a large amount of force to fit com­pared with the EK heatsink.

The lack of fins hurt it in test­ing too, with the delta T in our cramped M.2 port com­ing up 10°C warmer than the best re­sult at 41°C; in the open port, it man­aged 33°C – both are the worst re­sults on test. It’s worth a look if you need a short heatsink, but oth­er­wise, there are plenty of bet­ter all-round al­ter­na­tives.

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