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D54250WYKH thermal pad

Just upgraded Intel NUC Kit D54250WYKH with Crucial MX500 500GB SATA 2.5-inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal SSD (CT500MX500SSD1) and experiencing high hard drive temperatures (over 50C).

Raised fan minimum duty cycle and managed to lower HDD temperature to 48C per instructions:

Since D54250WYKH is discontinued and does not have the thermal pad already installed, how/where to purchase thermal pad for it?

I understand thermal pad should stick to chassis, but when closed it should slightly touch SSD which is 7mm (thinner than original 9.5mm).

Anybody aware of what exactly thermal pad should I purchase to resolve high SSD temperature?

Many thanks.

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First of all, the thermal pad utilized in the D54250WYKH NUC was to help with the cooling of a mSATA SSD installed onto the board. No pad was ever supplied to help with the cooling of a drive installed into the SATA drive bay.

Secondly, the specifications for most SSDs allows operation at temperatures up to 70c. A quick check of the datasheet confirms that this drive has this same limit. A reading above 50c is thus not something that you need to worry about at all. You really only need to worry about the temperature if the drive is running at temperatures above, say, 65c.

Third, trying to fit a thermal pad into the airgap between your SSD and the metal surface of the drive bay will be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. You have to be able to slide the SSD into the drive bay and you likely won't be able to do so with this pad in place.

Bottom line, you are good to go as is,