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SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P256BW
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5 out of 5 eggs SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 06/28/2016

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

Pros: What an outstanding achievement, for read speed and access time, 2000MB/sec and .02msec. This drive is so fast, NVMe! It's 10,000 times faster than an HHD, five times faster than most SSDs. That is saying a lot.

And it boots under Ubuntu Linux 16.04 and the newest Intel chipset, SkyLake Z170 motherboard. Oh wow!

Cons: None, considering all factors.

Other Thoughts: Best results come from putting the M.2 in an adapter that has a big heat sink, if you use the drive to copy large files.


Pros: Fast and quiet, seek time is what makes them so good.

Cons: None, maybe a little too much power used.

Other Thoughts: It's costly but if you don't yet fully trust SSDs then these types make for good back-up protection.

ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Has all the features of the big boards. Was not cheap as I paid $184 instead of $150, getting in too early. Ah well! <smile>

Running i3 6100 at 3.7GHz, a little faster than Pentium G3258 unlocked running at 3.7GHz. Will be buying a i7 6700 when the checking account says it's okay.

Cons: None as of now!

Other Thoughts: The i/o shield seems to be off by less than a millimeter (.03937") or so and very difficult to seat into the case. The WiFi connectors are placed on too-light an aluminium bracket and likely should be more in the center of the MB. Everything else seems to be just right, three fans, power and front panel connectors, CPU socket. Super placements.
Back plane M.2 socket seems easy to use, if your case has easy back-side opening. Six SATA 3 ports, super! Will see how many are left when I use the M.2: four I believe. <smile>
Updated UEFI BIOS to latest, 1.50. Beautiful screens, orange turning into lots of red, well laid out, easy to use.
And under Linux, lm-sensors 3.4 work to show fan speeds, cpu and other voltages, temperatures. Hurrah!


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