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I'm currently searching for a good boot drive for a desktop. Is heat an issue for an SSD?

share|improve this question… - for desktop drives, you will see a reduction in heat, but the amount of heat from hard drives is negligible compared to other system components (e.g. CPU, GPU, motherboard). – Breakthrough Nov 12 '11 at 20:21
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I don't know if SSD produce less heat. Not according to this:

But remember these are 2.5" SSD. I bet 3.5" HDD would produce more heat.


Yup, according to this:

3.5" HDD produce a lot more heat. So if you are using SSD on the desktop, you don't even need a fan on it.

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SSD's produce less heat than a regular hard drive. So no, not really.

I would say that heat isn't an issue for regular hard drives either. Not in a desktop environment anyway.

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Agreed, although my previous computer had silly hard drives, dual 15.3k rpm scsi disks that definitely increased my cooling load. – jtb Jul 31 '09 at 21:01
There are a lot of variables. The technical specs for the drive will describe the operating environment. In an off the shelf configuration, somebody has theoretically verified the temps will be fine in a standard office setting. If you value your data, though, it's probably not a bad idea to double check the temps yourself. Especially if you build or upgrade your own systems. – Mark Johnson Nov 12 '11 at 19:36

Check the specifications for your SSD. For example, the technical specs for the 34nm Intel X18-M/X25-M say the operating environment is 0C to 70C Operating and -55C to 95C Non-Operating. You can measure the temperature in your case were the SSD is located and verify it's within the proper range. Mechanical hard drives nowadays tend to have onboard temp sensors, but I doubt most SSDs do, so you might have to break out a thermometer. Unless you've got a GPU blowing hot air on it or something, I don't think you'll have any problems. The SSD probably won't do much on it's own to raise the temperature inside your case.

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