Temperatures have always played a critical role on storage drives and in recent years we’ve seen it cause drives to fail prematurely and we’ve even seen some SSD performance results change for the worse if components were too hot or too cold. Since temperature is an important thing to keep an eye on we check the idle and load temperatures on all of the drives that we review. To get the idle temperature results we leave the drive sitting on an open air test bench in a room that is 19C. For the load numbers we use IOMeter to write 128KB to the drive sequentially for 10 minutes and record the top temperature.
The Intel 600p 512GB drive had an idle temperature of 30C and we found that it topped out at 59C after doing 10 minutes of straight 128KB sequential writes across the entire drive with IOMeter. This heavy workload isn’t normal, but when doing writes to the drive we saw the temperature rise modestly. Not a bad temperature as we’ve seen some M.2 drives reach 80C or higher in the same test.
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