M.2 SSDs offer enormous fast transfer rates but the downside is they can also become quite hot. When the temperature reaches a critical point the M.2 SSD starts to throttle which results in a reduced performance. The German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has addressed this issue with the high quality PCIe 3.0 4x card kryoM.2 which can be also equipped with a passive heat sink or water block.
The kryoM.2 uses a multilayer PCB with gold surface where the individual layers are connected to each other to optimize the thermal management. To ensure a good quality and reliability the connector for the M.2 SSD comes from Amphenol, the PCIe contacts are plated with hard gold and the circuit paths are impedance controlled.
The M.2 SSD is mounted with a thermal pad so that the adapter card alone can already offer a passive cooling. For the best cooling performance the adapter card can be also used with a passive heat sink made of black anodized aluminum or a water block made of copper. When using these heat sinks a second thermal pad also covers the front side of the M.2 SSD.
The water block offers common G1/4 threads into both directions. The connector terminal is the same as used for Aqua Computers kryographics blocks. This allows using kryoconnect adapter kits to connect several blocks directly with each other.
The kryoM.2 card and the heat sinks can be already ordered through Aqua Computers web-shop. The shipping will start by the end of May.
Available variants and prices (inc. VAT):
– kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter – 18.90 EUR
– kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter with passive heat sink – 29.90 EUR
– kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter with water block – 67.90 EUR
– Passive heat sink for kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter – 12.90 EUR
– Water block for kryoM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter – 49.90 EUR