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 22C. For the load numbers we use IOMeter to write 128KB to the drive sequentially for 15 minutes and record the top temperature.
The OCZ Trion 100 480GB drive had an idle temperature of 25C and topped out at 65C when doing 15 minutes of 128KB sequential writes across the entire drive with IOMeter.
Using our SEEK Thermal imaging camera we found that the controller is the hottest component on the SSD and we recorded a temperature of 69C sitting on our open air test bench that had a surface temperature of 22C.
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB drive had an idle temperature of 26C, but the maximum load temperature 57C.
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