New most powerful SSD cooler
Icy Box IB-M2HSF-702, compared to competition, is specific in terms of size but also a fan. Users often have prejudice towards active cooling in non-traditional spots inside a PC case. Especially in cases where it is believed that it is possible to design at least as efficient a passive cooler or that a higher cooling performance is still not on point. This SSD cooler will not avoid doubtful looks either.
RaidSonic already has some SSD coolers in its account. Of the models for internal use, it is, for example, the well-profiled IB-M2HS-70. But they also have an external box IB-1822MF-C31 on his account, which is a rarity with a built-in fan. Now comes the combination – an active SSD cooler for internal use.
From RaidSonic’s portfolio, two things are evident among their cooling products. On the one hand, it is an emphasis on functional elements without any aesthetic masquerades, on the other hand, this manufacturer already has a number of different concepts. The ingenuity and effort to achieve the best possible cooling results cannot be denied here. Fresh addition IB-M2HSF-702 is intended for cooling SSD in M.2 format. Especially the more powerful ones connected to the PCI Express bus.
TDP is stated to be up to 25 W, which is a value that significantly exceeds the consumption of the most powerful SSI PCIe 4.0. The design of the cooler even includes two heatpipes with a diameter of 4 mm. Such generous oversizing can come in handy in fanless builds as well as in industrial environments typically with higher ambient air temperatures. And it could also find a possible use in extremely quiet home builds with only light blowing. In these, the fan used would not have to rotate at all and the cooler could benefit purely from the large area of the fins and the wide 2 mm spacing of the fins. The fan, similarly to the MSI X570 or Z490 (VRM) motherboards, might only function as a kind of emergency on special occasions. For example, in open benchtable systems, where the absence of air flow bothers all passive components.
The manufacturer states that the cooler can reduce the heating of the SSD (without a cooler) by up to 50% and also presents on the flowchart how much the cooler gets better thanks to the bodywork with heatpipe surrounded by 9 aluminum fins 0.5 mm thick and a fan. The heating of the SSD under unspecified conditions dropped from over 60 °C to some 35 °C.
For the sake of completeness, it should be added that the built-in fan has dimensions of 30 × 30 × 7 mm and a specified speed of 8500 rpm. A little worrying is the information that the speed cannot be adjusted. Although this probably means by traditional regulation via PWM – it will work by adjusting the fixed voltage. The fan is placed in the middle of the heatsink and in the final position the orientation of the air flow will be the same as with the graphics cards, i.e. from top to top.
The total height is 55 mm, which should not be so limiting on current motherboards. The primary M.2 slot is usually located above the first PCIe ×16, and one is also somewhere sideways, below the range of expansion cards. The accessories also include a backplate and two thermal pads. Not only in complexity, but also in price, this design competes with processor coolers. IB-M2HSF-702 is slowly making its way to e-shops and most commonly for a price slightly above 30 euros.
English translation and edit by Lukáš Terényi
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