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  1. Thanks! that's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. I can see how data retention can get mixed up with overall lifespan. You're right that it doesn't matter. No little heat sink is going to take active use temps to ambient and I don't leave my SSD in the oven when I'm not using it. I was thinking from people's forum posts that you want your SSD in the 80-90 C range and I was like, "no way! Why would they put heat sinks on them from the factory?" My favorite part is that those people recommending NEVER using a heat sink are still wrong, and if I understood the reading correctly, the opposite is true while unpowered (meaning, don't bake your NAND chips or you'll lose data). Anyway. With my heat sink, the drive (which I'm guessing measures from the controller) has stayed in a nice healthy range so I think I'll just leave it alone.
  2. Thanks. I get that it just does a better job dissipating heat than open air. Another reason why people recommending never using a heat sink gave me pause. The idea seemed prolific enough to ask more about it here to see what more experienced people think and more importantly could link me to.
  3. I recently got a new M.2 NVMe SSD and went looking for a heat sink for it because it gets a lot hotter than my old SATA M.2. After installing the heat sink I read on some forums (this one included) that, while the controller likes to be cool, the NAND chips shouldn't be cooled because they wear out faster when cool. This didn't make sense to me as you can get SSDs from the manufacturers with heat sinks on them, an external SSD enclosure I bought came with a thermal pad to dissipate heat to the case and the WD SSD Dashboard has a little temperature status indicator on the GUI that only shows green for good and yellow for too hot. Doing some more googling I was only able to find an Ars Technica article from 2012 about how annealing NAND chips at 800 C (so a lot hotter than any PC) could pretty reliably release stuck electrons, making the cell usable again. My gut says this is the source of a misconception. So, I'm still willing to believe that hot NAND makes SSDs last longer, but I'm going to need some better evidence. I mean a study testing that specific hypothesis or a news article reporting on a study or manufacturers recommendation from their website or something like that. Does anyone have better evidence one way or the other? If it's true I will happily rip off my shiny new heat sink. Stay skeptical PS. First post ever so if I broke all the rules, uh, whoops.