Aqua Computers kryoM.2 coolers keep your SSDs chilly

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.

Aqua Computers' kryoM.2 micro M.2 cooler is available now for 9.90€. The more substantial kryoM.2 EVO will ship in April for 34.90€.

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    • Amiga500+
    • 3 years ago

    More importantly than LEDs or integrated fans… the fins are the wrong direction on the PCIe card.

    You want them aligned to the back panel so air can flow along the channels and out, rather than stagnate in the channels. Heat transfer is well below what it could be.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    By “almost all” I’m sure the exception is boards that have M.2 slots on the back, like a lot of mITX boards (which could probably benefit from this, but space is always an issue). My Z170N-Gaming 5 is an example, but there are tons more.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    What the frack?! No integrated fans, no option for liquid cooling and–most importantly–NO RGB LEDs , make this an encouraging, but ultimately failed effort. Have they not been noticing market trends?

      • Growler
      • 3 years ago

      Seriously! How will people know how extreme and pro our SSDs are if they’re not lit up and/or liquid cooled?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Especially on that PCIe card. There’s plenty of room on the backside for LEDs that change color with disk activity.

      • albundy
      • 3 years ago

      you forgot the racing stripes. oh, and the word “racing” written on it. like biostar puts on their boards. or else you wont know, and knowing is half the battle!

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      It’s AquaComputer. There will be a waterblock for it.

    • SoM
    • 3 years ago

    waits for PSU WATERCOOLERS

    calling it first

      • Goty
      • 3 years ago

      You’re only nine years late:

      [url<]http://koolance.com/1300-1700w-liquid-cooled-power-supply[/url<]

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