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Works well and good looking. Installation is easy as well.
Preliminarily, doesn't take a lot of temperature off normal usage, but took up to 15 ~ 20C off full load while stress testing the drive. This led to better results in CrystalDiskMark too. Not to mention it has a certain aesthetic that I happen to really like. Not a bad way to spend 20 bucks!
The instructions say to use the 1mm thick thermal pad above the drive and the thinner 0.5mm pad below. According to many Amazon reviews, however, since the memory modules are taller on the top/back of the drive, it’s better to use 1mm on the top half near the M2 port, then 0.5mm on the back half towards where you score the drive in. Apparently this will reduce stress on the board when mounted. I did it this way personally and it works fine (see my pictures for an example) — take that for what you will. :)
-No heat sink Idle: 60 C
-Heat sink Idle: 30 C
-No heat sink under load: 81 C
-Heat sink under load: 60 C
Works like charm. With my m.2 being mounted at the backside of the motherboard tray where airflow is poor, this certainly saved the day. Temperatures dropped by about 20 °C and installation was a breeze, provided I had to watch how-to videos on YouTube as the packaged instructions were extremely lacking.