Gee whiz! MSI wows with large passive-cooled PCIe 5.0 Spatium SSD cooler

How much cooling do PCIe 5.0 SSDs need?


MSI recently debuted its fastest PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSD in the form of the Spatium M570 Pro, which is a drive capable of up to 14GB/s read and 12GB/s write speeds that pushes daringly close to the interface speed limit. In order to provide such speeds, the SSD requires a large active-cooling solution.

As you may have guessed, while performing quite admirably in terms of cooling, the traditional active-cooled Frozr+ heatsink left a lot to be desired for those who prefer a quiet system. Not to worry, the maker has made sure it has all bases covered, showcasing a large-heatsink Frozr passive cooler at Computex. Sheesh.

MSI Spatium M570 Pro

The drive, when married with its active-cooling Frozr+ solution, as shown above, was capable of hitting 14.5 GB/s transfer speeds and peaked at a maximum temperature of just 44 degrees Celsius.

On the other hand, we assume the passive variant offers similar cooling capabilities without the need for a noisy fan. Case in point, MSI showcased two M570 Pros in RAID0, where sequential read speeds jumped all the way up to 22GB/s and sequential write speeds reached an eye-watering 23 GB/s. Now that’s fast.


While liquid-cooling M.2 SSDs is an option and has been for a while, not many wish to dabble in the fine arts of building a open-loop cooling system, and let’s not forget the high price of admission. Besides, there hasn’t been a reason to liquify you storage until now, and in the demo at Computex, MSI proved that passive cooling is more than enough to quell its heat-inducing Spatium M570 Pro.

The Spatium M570 Pro Frozr and Frozr+ will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities with plans to launch in the third quarter of 2023.