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Does my m.2 need a fan?

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Posted · Original PosterOP


I have my Samsung 960 evo on the second m.2 slot right above my graphics card, it doesn’t have a heat sync but I am wondering if I need a fan for it will it be damaged or damage my mother board if I don’t? Also my case has quite a bit of airflow it is a next s340 elite 

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I have a Wd m.2 ssd with no fan thats roasting under a 980ti that regularly hits mid 70's and sometimes 80c I haven't had any issues with the ssd so far. so yours being above the gpu I don't think the heat will hurt it~

I have saw motherboards with fans for them, but I don't think they are needed 

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You shouldn't need any active cooling as long as it's passive cooling isn't unrestricted as it sounds. Your case should have enough air flow going to that area that that shouldn't be a problem. You can get a heatsink for your m.2, but you would want to do a before and after test to see how effective it is because sometimes a heatsink can increase thermals. Small fans are loud and whiny and active cooling isn't very effective without heatsink fins to dissipate the heat. I would leave it, high temps are normal for nvme.

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I haven't had any issues with mine that is also above my graphics card. As long as you have decent airflow through your case you should be fine. It doesn't seem like Samsung is all that worried about it after all they paste a big sticker right over all the modules on the card so it must not be that big of a deal with heat. 

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