Nowadays, 09/2021, should I buy a motherboard with M.2 SSD passive cooler integrated?
I think to buy Samsung SSD 980 1TB, M.2 (MZ-V8V1T0BW).
It depends on the air flow around your M.2 SSD and how loaded your computer is.
I have a M.2 SDD without passive cooler, reasonably good air flow and not too high loaded. It has a temperature sensor:
$ sensors nvme-pci-0100 Adapter: PCI adapter Composite: +34.9°C (low = -0.1°C, high = +86.8°C) (crit = +89.8°C)
So you could just give it a try and monitor the temperature; if it becomes high a passive cooler might be an option.
It turn out that my 2 best mobo choices have an integrated passive cooler, so should be OK but I’ll monitor and add another one if needed.
Thanks for your comment.
Passive cooler here and thermal tape [Phison Electronics Corporation E12 NVMe Controller]
sensors nvme-* nvme-pci-0100 Adapter: PCI adapter Composite: +26.9°C
It is much better to use SSDs with cooler. Fast SSDs often have integrated coolers.
If mobo haven’t it - buy additional cooler.