Article ID: 000040725 Content Type: Product Information & Documentation Last Reviewed: 10/18/2022

Is It Necessary to Add a Cooling Solution to an Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive?


Temperature and cooling requirements for Intel® Optane™ SSDs and modules.

  • What is the working temperature of an Intel® Optane™ Memory 16 GB, and it is necessary to add a cooling solution? 
  • How do I find the supported temperature?

To find the supported temperature on an Intel® Optane™ SSD or module, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the product specification page (ARK).
  2. Search for the desired product.
  3. Once the product is found, access it.
  4. Under Reliability see the specs for Operating Temperature (Maximum) and Operating Temperature (Minimum).

Generally, it is not necessary to have a cooling solution system for the Intel® Optane™ SSD or module. If a system comes with a cooling solution system for the SSD or has the option to install one, it can be integrated.

Additional information

Without a thermal solution, it's possible to experience a performance impact if the device reaches a temperature of 80° C (throttle set point). At this temperature, the device will limit its performance to prevent overheating.
The SSD won't be damaged as the throttle set point has been reached. However, the built-in thermal throttle safety feature that prevents damage can result in significantly lower performance or shutdown.

If your motherboard came with a thermal solution, you can use it. Under heavy sustained storage workloads these thermal solutions may extend the time for the SSD to reach its thermal throttle set point. Although Intel hasn't validated these thermal solutions to deliver the same level of sustained performance as the solution provided by Intel, any thermal solution will provide some benefit. Results may vary based on the efficacy of the solution.