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SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P256BW
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Runs great in Windows 7 64 bit Pro 11/25/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P256BW

Pros: Incredibly fast, very small form factor, and a wonderful piece of new technology.

Cons: The boot up in Windows 7 can be a bit slow, to load the NVMe drivers, compared to a regular AHCI hard drive. Windows 10 might be faster on boot.

Other Thoughts: Here are the steps I used to get this new SAMSUNG 950 pro SSD to work on my new ASUS X99 Pro Motherboard. Keep in mind, your own results may vary.

1. Install Windows 7 OS on a "regular" HD first, (SSD, Platter, etc.). and get the system up and going, with updates, and how you want it set up. Make a back up of this new install, (just in case).
2. Physically install the SAMSUNG 950 Pro on your Motherboard, either in M.2 slot, or with a PCIe X 4 add in card. Make sure the M.2 slot is for PCIe X 4, or you will not get the speeds out of this SSD.
3. Go to the SAMSUNG SSD website, and locate the SAMSUNG Windows Driver for the 950 Pro. This Windows driver works for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, but I can only reference Windows 7 from experience.
4. Download the SAMSUNG 950 Pro SSD Driver into your computer, and run the install for the driver. It is self installing. After the driver install, Windows 7 should now see the SAMSUNG 950 pro.
5. Download the SAMSUNG Migration Software (off of the SAMSUNG website) to your Computer. Run the Migration software, from your present "C" drive, to the new target, the SAMSUNG 950 Pro. The data should start to flow between your "C" drive, and begin to load onto your new SAMSUNG 950 Pro, making it the "new" "C" drive.
6. The computer will need to shut down after the data has been transferred.
7. Remove the "old" "C" drive from the Computer.
8. Restart the computer, and enjoy your new SAMSUNG 950 Pro.

This is how I accomplished the install, and all of the performance is there. I did not need a Windows Hotfix, and I did not need EaseUs software, or anything else. This is what worked for the ASUS X99 Pro Motherboard, running Windows 7 64 bit Pro. WORKS LIKE A CHARM..!! Enjoy..!!

ASUS X99-PRO/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great and easy overclocker, with great looks to go with it. As true for most motherboards, the photos do not do the ASUS X99 Pro justice. The white plastic shroud is a glossy white and looks fantastic. The board overclocked my i7-5820K to 4.5 GHZ at 1.29 Volts on AIR cooling. (using Noctua NH-C14S). I did OC to 4.6 GHZ with no stability issues, but I did not like the 1.31 Volts needed to get there, so I backed it off. The board easily overclocked the Corsair Dominator Platinum Ram to 3000 with a touch of the XMP button in BIOS. There were no hiccups, no issues, and even the Samsung 950 Pro SSD started up without a hitch. The BIOS is very well laid out, and just very easy to navigate and understand. The Wi Fi works well, and I had no conflict issues with the USB ports. This was one of the smoothest builds and start ups I have ever had, and it all came in a standard ATX layout, that did not seem to need 2 CPU power connectors. Maybe that is what the ASUS "OC Socket" is all about. Thus far, I have had "0" crashes, other than when I was dialing in an overclock, which is kind of what happens. Reading all the other reviews of the many X99 motherboards for sale, I am glad I got this one.

Cons: ASUS did put some limitations on the PCIe lanes, as the lanes are "fixed", and do not have switches. Read the Tom's Hardware review on this Motherboard for better details. In short, if you are looking for 4 way SLI on this Board, you probably might look elsewhere. Also, if you populate some of the lanes, (like the first small PCIe X 1), you lose 2 USB ports in the back. Again, do the research so you know what you are getting. As I will use a maximum of 2 Video cards with this board, I am ok with this.

Other Thoughts: I cannot comment on the ASUS AI Suite 3, as I stopped using that kind of Software a long time ago. I make my changes in the BIOS, and I have had too many "flaky" issues with making board and CPU changes from within the OS. I did a lot of research before I pulled the trigger on this board. It had better reviews then the ASUS X99 Deluxe, and was not as expensive. I am pretty happy with this purchase, and I believe it will last a very long time.

Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W BX80648I75820K Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Seems to be a real powerhouse of a CPU, and with 12 logical threads, it just rips through anything I have thrown at it. Very economical for the processing power and lanes you are getting, versus Skylake. I easily overclocked this chip to 4.5 GHZ with 1.28 Volts, and 4.6 GHZ with 1.31 Volts on AIR cooling. So, I am not missing Devil's Canyon, (which I also own), or Skylake.

Cons: I honestly cannot think of any Cons for this CPU. Of course the X99 Chipset and DDR4 are going to cost you a bit, but DDR4 is now almost the same as DDR3.

Other Thoughts: I was going to build a new Skylake rig, but with some research, (and for the money), I felt I was better spending it on an X99 rig. I went with an ASUS X99 Pro Motherboard, which easily overclocks this CPU to high and stable levels. So, I feel like I got a 6 core Skylake for a slight premium, and let's not forget about the 28 PCI lanes as well. For the money, you cannot beat this CPU for the performance it offers.


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Display Name: ANTHONY M.

Date Joined: 03/04/07

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  • Last Review: 11/25/15
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