The utility of M.2 SSD coolers has been something of an up-and-down phenomenon, but that hasn't stopped drive manufacturers from making SSDs with big hunks of finned aluminum strapped on top. PC component makers both large and small are also making aftermarket cooling gear for use on M.2 devices. Aqua Computers has unveiled a pair of options for system builders obsessed with keeping their storage on proverbial ice. The company's kryoM.2 micro is a pretty standard take on the M.2 cooler idea, while the kryoM.2 EVO leverages a PCIe riser card to allow for the use of a rather large heatsink assembly.
The kryoM.2 micro is designed with compatibility in mind. Aqua Computers says this heatsink will fit "almost all" motherboards with M.2 slots for SSDs. As expected, the cooler is designed for use with 2280 (22-mm wide, 80-mm long) M.2 devices. An electrically-isolating sticker covers the back of the storage device and a thermal pad and black anodized aluminum heatsink cover the front. The heatsink itself attaches with stainless steel clips.
System builders with greater concern over storage device temperatures and a PCIe slot to spare can opt for the larger kryoM.2 EVO. The EVO package includes a PCIe riser card to mount the storage device perpendicular to the motherboard. The design of the riser allows for a large aluminum heatsink held in place with screws. The back of the M.2 card is cooled by a smaller secondary heatsink that mounts to the drive through a rectangular hole in the riser card. The card is studded with orange LEDs that can be set to on, off, or controlled by drive activity.