The heatsinks can be removed, although i do not recommend this haha. Most high end boards have passive m.2 cooling these days, so makes sense to buy a m.2 drive without a heatsink. i want to upgrade my rigs to all SSD, given i dont need to digital hoard anymore, as all movies/tv shows are mostly available through streaming services these days, can downsize everything. but 2TB and 4TB Ssd, still a bit pricey. getting rid of the rust spinners would be nice, but not really worth the price yet.