Alphacool’s Core M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 liquid cooler brings your SSD into the loop

Taking M.2 cooling to the extreme.

Alphacool Core M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 liquid cooler

M.2 SSD cooling seems to be all the rage these days. In anticipation of ultra-fast, hot-running drives, we’ve seen manufacturers launch slimline tower heatsinks and vapour chambers, while some of the latest motherboards include fan-assisted heatsinks of their own.

In the enthusiast space there’s always someone willing to go one better and Alphacool is raising the bar by incorporating the SSD into a custom liquid loop.

Alphacool Core M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0

Such a feat is made possible via the €99.98 Core M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 liquid cooler; a single-slot PCI Express x4 expansion card designed to ensure “M.2 SSD memory can unleash its full potential.”

Albeit overkill in the extreme, it’s a pretty sleek-looking piece of kit, and ought to help keep temperatures as low as possible. Beneath the shroud Alphacool is using a copper heatspreader and enables compatibility with M.2 SSDs populated with memory on both sides through 1mm thermal pads. The chunky-looking block is then integrated within your loop using standard G1/4in connectors, and the entire unit measures 131mm x 56mm x 24.4mm.

As you might expect, five addressable RGB LEDs reside behind the acrylic top cover, and a 390mm three-pin cable is used for power and synchronisation.

Alphacool Core M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 liquid cooler internals

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen liquid-cooling solutions for M.2 SSDs, but we do feel as though Alphacool has missed a trick in not targeting next-gen PCIe 5.0 drives. Compatibility is listed specifically as “M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD,” leading us to believe interface bandwidth isn’t sufficient for the super-fast drives to come.

Seems extravagant for merely a single drive, though, when is a custom loop not?