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    Maximus X Hero, which m.2 slot would be cooler?

    The asus maximus x hero has two m.2 slots. One has a angular heatsink with a thermal pad underneath and the other has an optional 40-50mm fan attachment. Which would run the coolest/provide the least throttling? The heatsink one or the other with a fan attached? Could I test it out, switch positions later easily or not? The m.2 drive would be the boot drive and only drive for now. Its going to be used for photo editing so I want the best performance possible

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    I would say which ever slot that has the most airflow, a passive heatsink will help until the heatsink is saturated or until the heatsink is the same temperature as the drive.
    I have my drive in the top slot under the heatsink and have no issues, about a month after purchase I set a little 40mm fan on top of my Video card blowing directly on the heatsink and lowered temps of the drive another 5 to 10 degrees
    You can move the drive after OS is installed without any issues so testing yourself is always the best option

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    Use the bottom one.
    Do NOT use the freaking stupid shield.
    With your X hero you got a small 40/50mm fan bracket. Get a quiet fan and mount it above your bottom M.2 slot
    With the shield in the top slot, a Samsung EVO 960 nvme always throttled, reaching 60+ deg. Celsius. Thus, lower speeds.
    Without the shield and the bracket+40mm fan, the drive sits happy between 27-30 normal use. On a large copy, it might go to 34-35 Celsius.Click image for larger version. 

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    Deepcuts,
    That fan bracket looks very nice, I just set a Noctua 40mm fan sitting on top of my Video card in front of the M.2 heatsink and get about the same temps
    To be honest I didn't even look at the fan bracket just assumed it wouldn't look as good as it does, I may reconsider

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    I'm using the top M.2 Slot with the heatsink and the temps on my M.2 drive is at between 38c & 42c. And this is during Summer heat as where I am at the moment. The Temps may decrease a bit during Winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzyreb02 View Post
    I'm using the top M.2 Slot with the heatsink and the temps on my M.2 drive is at between 38c & 42c. And this is during Summer heat as where I am at the moment. The Temps may decrease a bit during Winter.
    Now run a test on that drive. Do a large copy or a benchmark. Let me know how that goes for your temps.
    Just remember, most if not all M.2 have a memory controller temperature sensor also, which usually runs even hotter. Use hwinfo and see your Drive Temperature 2 going through the roof. Some users report 100 deg. Celsius and over.

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    I'm using the top slot with the heatsink installed, my 960 evo 1tb never goes above 50c when benchmarking it (aida64 and passmark disk mark)

    if I just game, browse and stuff like that it usually stays around 37-42c (according to HWMonitor)
    but then again my benchmarks usually end around 2800 read and 1900 write, which is 400 less read than where it's supposed to be at, dunno why.

    My CPU and GPU is watercooled though, no idea if that affects anything, I have a 240 radiator in the front blowing air in to my case and a 360 on the top blowing out

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    o_o well thats not happening to me. To be honest, I heard really good reviews on the heatsink for M.2 provided by this board by Asus than Gigabyte or MSI. I think it was from Tiny Logan or Pcper (or something rather) was pointing out how good the M.2 heatsink gives in temperature (from these boards) than the other motherboard vendors.

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    Anyway, there could be alot of factors into play and why we aren't experiencing high temps that your experiencing.

    I know when I installed mine, I make sure the thermal pads are making good enough contact as well, when mounting it.

    < I think it might be better off not to go too much hating on the heatsink to much on the Rog Boards. (on the top M.2 slot) >
    What I'm trying to say is, i would hate to see you get flagged by others that dont agree with you, then a debacle fight comes loose. I'm not like that, but I have seen it happen before, where one and the other just don't agree with each other. (and biting each others throats)

    All i can say is, just monitor your temps and if its not working for you, then dont use it , if its working, no harm to use it . Like if the drive is going over 100c, I'm sure the drive will crash and unable to use Windows/application in use properly. If I notice anything like that, that would be my first check up.

    It wont harm for the new builders to try the first slot anyway, cause it may work for them.

    I also know the Top M.2 slot is configured differently than the bottom one. (where the top one only disables one Sata Port while the bottom one disables 2 Sata ports)

    But of course you can configure it to either PCi Mode. Just as long your not losing any of your devices that are in play on the PCi express slots or what not :3
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