Do I need a NVMe heatsink for an Intel 670p Series 2 TB SSD?

This is going to be my first NVMe that’s getting deployed.

I was reading the specs of the Intel 670p Series 2 TB NVMe 3.0 x4 SSD and it says that the active power is 80 mW (Source: Intel SSD 670p Series 2.0TB M.2 80mm PCIe 3.0 x4 3D4 QLC Product Specifications).

Do I need a NVMe SSD heatsink for this?

YouTube has a bunch of videos on adding a NVMe heatsink to Samsung drives, but there wasn’t anything about the Intel 670p Series 2 TB SSD.

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Intel don’t give the read/write power rating (boo), the “active power” is idle power. I’d personally always use a heatsink on any NVMe that doesn’t have a fan directed at it. Check some reviews of it: Intel 670p 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review - Page 3 of 3 - ServeTheHome.

The Intel 670p runs significantly hotter than the previously tested 665p. With a peak temperature of 73C, which was achieved during extended writing, it is possible some users might need to consider a heatsink.

As long as there is moving air probably not.

In my personal experience with a 660P, these lower-performance QLC-based M.2 drives run very cool, even under consistent load with minimal to no airflow.

According to the spec sheet however, it says that the idle power is only 25 mW.

This is where I am a little bit confused.

Yeah, I’m not sure how much airflow there’s going to be in the Minis Forum HX90.

If what @xzpfzxds cited is true and correct, and STH is a good, reliable source of information, sounds to me like I should pick up said NVMe heatsink just to be safe.

Yeah…I’m not sure if I will have extended writes like that.

The drive is intended to go into a Minis Forum HX90 and that system is going to be a replacement for my Intel NUC, which, I am now using mostly to host VMs (the VM virtual disk drive files are hosted on a NAS), and to watch YouTube videos with (because my MacBook Air is starting to show its age, and only having 4 GB of RAM) and probably some light gaming.

I think that the most writes that the drive is going to see is when I installed the Windows 10, it’s updates, and then like Cygwin, and maybe a few apps, but that’s about it.

For the SM2265 that’s NVMe power state 3, which takes ~5 ms to transition to being able to service a request. Read/writes are about ~5.5W depending on capacity. Intel’s “datasheets” for consumer NVMe SSD are incredibly deceptive. No SSD is under 1W except an SD card or SATA DOM.

Dang. I didn’t realise that it was going to be that high.

Thank you for pointing that out to me.

I found Anandtech have some more details on the power usage, but still not a thorough comparison to others. If thermal throttling is going to be a deal-breaker, I’d ensure there’s airflow or a heatsink.

Thank you.

Yeah, after you had pointed that out, I also found the Anandtech article/review as well.

I guess that I never realised that NVMe SSDs drew that much power under load, because I was always under the impression that without the mechanically rotating part, that it would’ve consumed a LOT less power than what it actually consumes.


(I put in the order for the heatsink.)

Thank you.