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SAMSUNG XP941 Series MZHPU512HCGL-00004(0) M.2 512GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very fast performance. Boots on asrock z97. 05/24/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG XP941 Series MZHPU512HCGL-00004(0) M.2 512GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive

Pros: Very fast drive. I bought this not knowing when to expect it's successor, the SM951. I have since purchased that as well and am running both the XP941 and SM951 in my asrock z97 extreme6/ac motherboard. The XP941 is very capable, fast, bootable on this motherboard. I recommend moving to the SM951 if your system will support it. Asrock supported it after a bios update to v1.60. I got about 1100MB/s read/write sequential on this drive and about 1700MB/s on the SM951 on same system (same slot apples/apples). Either drive will destroy anything you can plug into a SATA 6gbps interface due to bus limitations. I also have a Samsung evo850 on this system for media storage and it is about 60% the speed of the XP941 and about 35% as fast as the SM951.

Cons: none, get the SM951 if your system will support, it is about 30% faster.

Other Thoughts: Complete system spec: asrock z97 extreme6/ac, evga supernova p2 1000w power supply, 32gb g.skill 2400mhz DDR3 ram (4x8gb), evga 780ti, i7-4790k OC to 4.5ghz, corsair h110 cpu cooler, samsung sm951 512gb m.2 boot drive, samsung xp941 512gb m.2 app/swap drive, samsung evo 850 1tb sata 6gpbs media drive, corsair carbide air 540 case.

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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great CPU. Running on asrock z97 setup, overclocked with one-click in the bios to 4.5ghz and it is ultra-stable and runs cool (runs all weekend on prime95 or other torture tests). I ran into some issues when attempting higher OC but I am very satisfied at 4.5ghz and feel it is a great value for $340 I paid.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Complete system spec: asrock z97 extreme6/ac, evga supernova p2 1000w power supply, 32gb g.skill 2400mhz DDR3 ram (4x8gb), evga 780ti, i7-4790k OC to 4.5ghz, corsair h110 cpu cooler, samsung sm951 512gb m.2 boot drive, samsung xp941 512gb m.2 app/swap drive, samsung evo 850 1tb sata 6gpbs media drive, corsair carbide air 540 case.

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ASRock Z97 Extreme6/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I build a new PC from scratch every couple of years, and have been doing so since the late 1980's. Mostly gaming and business app rig. This is my first asrock motherboard, and I am completely satisfied with it. Definitely delivers on all of the great reviews I read while researching. Primary reason I chose this was for all the features of course, but specifically I was looking for something that could take full advantage of the new samsung M.2 SSD drives as a boot drive. I can confirm that you can get either or both Samsung XP941 and/or SM951 to boot in this MB, in either m.2 slot. Requires latest bios to detect the SM951 (v1.60 of bios or later). Also requires (at least it did for me) that win8.1 be installed from a USB drive in order for the proper UEFI layer to load. I was unsuccessful trying to get win8.1 pro to load from DVD, copied to bootable USB and worked first try. Bios options are awesome. Used the "easy overclock" feature to take my i7-4790k from stock 4.0ghz to 4.5ghz without issue. Also running ram at 2400mhz and it is very very fast, dramatic measurable improvement over stock 1333mhz rate. I cannot think of one way to improve this motherboard.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Complete system spec: asrock z97 extreme6/ac, evga supernova p2 1000w power supply, 32gb g.skill 2400mhz DDR3 ram (4x8gb), evga 780ti, i7-4790k OC to 4.5ghz, corsair h110 cpu cooler, samsung sm951 512gb m.2 boot drive, samsung xp941 512gb m.2 app/swap drive, samsung evo 850 1tb sata 6gpbs media drive, corsair carbide air 540 case.

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Display Name: Jason W.

Date Joined: 04/16/08

  • Reviews: 25
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  • First Review: 08/15/08
  • Last Review: 05/24/15
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