Samsung 950 PRO Series – 512GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD

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The low latency on this storage is what you buy this storage for.

If you want to see access times of around 100-200 microseconds, then this is the storage to get.

 

The advantage of getting this storage is that your CPU is not waiting on the storage in milliseconds thus making your CPU much more efficient. Without the bottleneck being storage anymore, your entire system is accelerated. This NVMe storage will smoke a traditional SATA SSD. It is the Fastest disk access I have experienced. Faster than the Samsung 850 Pro which is fast too. Its the C: drive on my Skylake build. Installs directly on Mother Board M.2 socket. No cables and takes up no otherwise usable space.

Windows 10 Pro boots in 1/3 the time it takes the Mother Board to POST. Magician optimizes system settings for SSD and can set up a reserve partition used to heal any defective bits thus extending SSD life expectancy.¬†If you’re installing Windows 7, you can find drivers to do a regular install without having to use Samsung’s Data Migrations or the like. Just google for the drivers and either slipstream them into the install or use a flash drive. It installed without issue straight to the the 950 for me.

 

The Negative:

ASROCK Z170 7+ extreme doesn’t detect in BIOS.
I’ve installed the windows driver for Samsung NVMe driver, updated BIOS and other ASROCK drivers using their app utility.
Windows 10 pro with all updates.

Samsung magician crashes when trying to clone my existing 850 Pro, the drive still doesn’t show up in BIOS, but I can format it using Disk Management. Seq Read 2580 Write 1532 / 4k read 761 write 394(see picture)
I guess I could reinstall windows to get it working as boot, I’ll hope for an update to magician so I can clone.

Note: if you have the z170 board, read up on PCI express lanes, the board will not work with all devices installed due to only having 20 lanes.
You cannot boot from RAID with m.2 drives, only single drives. (I previously purchased 3 x 128 m.2 and found out RAID isn’t bootable)
Final Thoughts:

As a general rule x99 chipset motherboards are likely to support NVMe, but check with the manufacturer first. Check the motherboard¬†manual for proper M.2 slot specs or SSD either won’t work or SSD speed will be cut. Use a PCI-E-to-M.2 adapter in PCI-E x4 or larger slot otherwise. (When I installed this on an Angelbird Wings PX1 PCI-E x4-to-M.2 adapter card w\ heatsink in 2nd PCI-E x16 slot on my Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 mobo to get rated speeds as the mobo M.2 slot was PCI-E 2.0 x2 @ 10Gbps instead of PCI-E 3.0 x4 @ 32Gbps) Make sure that mobo has the latest UEFI BIOS onboard that is NVMe-compliant & set up for UEFI storage. Will boot on Win 7 SP1 OS if MS Hotfix KB2990941 is installed in OS (slipstream into Win 7 .iso then alter Win 7 .iso to auto create EFI partition then place modded .iso on bootable USB drive before clean OS install onto SSD then install Samsung NVMe drivers upon boot up). Win 8.1 & up has full native NVMe support already. One of the best consumer NVMe PCI-E SSD’s out there. Very fast & snappy computer performance now. You’ll LOVE it!

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