The Samsung 980 PRO Heatsink SSD is essentially the Samsung 980 PRO SSD with the addition of a heatsink. This addition helps draw heat away from the solid-state storage whenever the drive is put under load, for example, when editing video and the drive is constantly being accessed.
Under normal use, the addition of the heatsink will make little difference to the drive’s performance, but when the drive is constantly in use, reading and writing files the drive will heat up. As temperature of the drive inclreases the drives’ performance will start to be affected. Transfer speeds will slow or become variable; fast one minute, slow the next. The idea of the heatsink is to help keep the drive at a constant temperature so the drive can perform consistently.
The heatsink is simply a piece of metal stuck to the top of the drive, it’s the same as you would see stuck onto a computer CPU or GPU. Alongside fans and other cooling solutions, it’s a very effective way of boosting performance.
As the Samsung 980 PRO SSD can reach transfer speeds of 7,000MB/s, the drive can get incredibly hot.
To make the most of this new technology and the drive speed, however, you need a system equipped with a PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 Nvme slot.