Whether small cooling towers or even water cooling: Cooling solutions for SSDs are becoming more and more complex, even if this is not (yet) absolutely necessary. Team Group breaks new ground with the first SSD with a vapor chamber cooler. It is designed for industrial use at high ambient temperatures.
Vapor chamber principle for the first time in an SSD
Vapor chamber cooler (also known as vapor chamber) is known from previous graphics cards, laptops, or CPU cooler projects. In a nutshell, the principle corresponds to a flattened heat pipe in which the residual heat of the object to be cooled vaporizes a liquid. On the opposite cold side, the vapor condenses back into liquid form and everything starts all over again.
Team Group similarly describes the cooling principle of the M.2 SSD N74V-M80 intended for industrial use which, according to the company,First vapor chamber structure designed for high-performance industrial SSDs” used. According to the illustrations, the vapor chamber is located between a classic aluminum radiator and a thermal pad above the controller and memory chips in the M.2 module.
In internal tests with a simulated ambient temperature of 85°C, the cooler is said to ensure that the time it takes to read and write an unspecified amount of data is reduced by 75 percent compared to an M.2 SSD without a cooler . The cooler ensures that the read and write speeds remain at a high level, while the performance would be reduced without the cooler. However, this information is not particularly tangible without actual details about the testing procedure.
The Team Group N74V-M80 SSD uses PCIE 3.0 x4 as the interface and, according to the manufacturer, reaches a maximum of 3,445 MB/s read and 2,520 MB/s write. Equipped with 3D-TLC-NAND and an unnamed controller, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB storage capacities are available to select. Prices are not mentioned.
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