Galax is a brand that many of you reading this have probably never heard of before. They serve mostly the Asian markets and have a small presence in the Western Hemisphere. Galax is mainly known for its line of graphic cards that range from low-end bargain products up to their top of the line HOF (Hall Of Fame) product lines. Galax may be unknown by most enthusiasts in the west, but they are very well known to the overclocking community where Galax HOF graphic cards and DRAM are highly sought after.
Galax states that "Only for Better Performance" has always been their design philosophy for the HOF series. The SSD we have on the bench today bears the HOF moniker, and Galax has even one-upped it with a HOF 'Pro' designation, indicating that this SSD is the absolute pinnacle of performance even for a HOF product.
Galax HOF products are typically white themed pieces of hardware with exotic looking thermal solutions, and the Galax HOF Pro M.2 SSD is no different. This Phison Gen4 E16 variant has a stunning white PCB and comes with an exotic looking aluminum heat sink. The hefty aluminum heat sink has an integrated copper heat pipe that gives the drive what we would describe as a dangerously attractive look.
Galax, unlike most others, does not attach the included heat sink to the HOF Pro. They leave it up to the consumer to decide whether to utilize the included heat sink or not. We really like this approach because there are instances where it is more desirable not to utilize a heat sink. The other thing we like is that there is no label over the drives controller that might interfere with heat transfer and would also detract from its gorgeous white PCB.
Galax's HOF Pro Gen4 M.2 x2280 NVMe SSD is available in two capacities, 1TB and 2TB. Let's dive in and see what kind of performance a HOF Pro Gen4 SSD can deliver.
We were unable to find pricing in US dollars for the HOF Pro. The drive and heat sink ship in an attractive presentation type box. As mentioned, the drive itself has a unique white PCB. The included heat sink is substantial and easily snaps onto the drive. There is a thermal pad (not pictured) that is protected by a piece of peel-off plastic that must be removed before attaching the heat sink.
We chose to do all our testing without the heat sink to see if we would experience any throttling under heavy load. The drive did not come close to overheating even when we filled it with a half-terabyte of data. The highest temps we saw while testing were in the 50c range, which is well below the drive's 82c throttle point.