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Pros: - Read and Write are 3-4 times as faster than SAMSUNG 850 EVOs.
- You can boot Windows 10 from them.
Cons: - Even though they read and write faster, it's not really noticeable from the SAMSUNG 850 EVO.
- The setup process to get Windows 10 to boot from them takes some work.
Overall Review: How to setup M.2 as a bootable drive for Window 10 and Asus motherboards.
1- The M.2 drive has to be the only drive installed.
2 - Go into the bios, under the boot tab there is an option for CSM, make sure it is disabled.
3 - Click on secure boot option below and make sure it is set to other OS, not windows UEFI.
4 - Click on key management and clear secure boot keys.
5 - Insert a USB memory stick with a UEFI bootable iso of Windows 10 on it, USB3 is quicker but USB2 works also. A Windows DVD won’t work unless you’ve created your own UEFI Bootable DVD.
6 - Press F10 to save, exit and reboot.
7 - Windows 10 will now start installing to your NVME drive as it has its own NVME driver built in.
8 - When the PC reboots hit F2 to go back into the BIOS, you will see under boot priority that windows boot manager now lists your NVME drive.
9 - Click on secure boot again but now set it to WIndows UEFI mode. (see #3 above)
10 - Click on key management and install default secure boot keys
11 - Press F10 to save and exit and windows will finish the install. Once you have Windows up and running, shutdown the PC and reconnect your other SATA drives.
Pros: If you do a fresh install of Windows (in my case), the benchmarks will fall into place. If you just use the Samsung Migration software, even coming from a SATA SSD, such as a Samsung 850 Pro (in my case), you will not get the required results IME. There is also a new driver (ver. 2.1) available that you can get from Samsung. I have tried multiple times to clone the OS, and it just doesn't work "correctly". Sure, it clones fine, but I don't see the speed benefits. I got great benchmarks when cloning, but nowhere near the ones after I bellied up and reinstalled Windows. I'm just relating my experience and describing the results, of course everyone's system is different and YMMV.
I am using an Asrock X99 Extreme 6 with the latest bios, and it installed without a hiccup. I installed with the default Microsoft drivers and upgraded right after. I am getting great results and am very pleased with this drive. As others have said, it isn't the same "upgrade experience" as going from a HDD to SSD, but it will be seen in certain operations, so don't expect this drive to "rock your world" the way your earlier experience was.
What I'm seeing is the need to get more RAM now, as thumbnails are filling up way faster than before in Windows explorer. I'm sure that you will see a need to have a LOT of RAM with this drive to work the best it can. I can't prove this, as I haven't upgraded yet, but I intend to do it soon. My guess is that this drive is queuing a lot of RAM very quickly in order for the machine to keep up with the demands of this speedy drive.
People need to stop "reviewing" this drive based on the troubles they have found and/or the delivery issues they have experienced. This does nothing to help the customer, it only makes a truly superior drive look like it has problems. It doesn't. It is operator error most if not all of the time. Newegg isn't as bad as some other sites, but there are so many detractors chiming in to express disappointment when it's clearly not the drive itself's fault.
The main "Pro" of this drive is it's price. It is so close to the 950 Pro that it is a no brainer to get this over it's predecessor. That is if you get it like I did, for $329 in the 512 flavor. I am glad I've waited to jump into the M.2 world until now, as I didn't have anything invested in the older drives, and any improvement over this drive wouldn't be noticed for most of us, anyway.
Cons: There are no real "cons" that I can see as of yet, except for the timing of the delivery of the product. There has been trouble with producing things on Samsung's part, flash memory in particular, and that is something that was unavoidable.
Overall Review: I would definitely buy this drive again, only because I'm a hardware snob. I'm sure that you would do better with the EVO if you are going to look at the value perspective of this drive. I do think that people would be just as happy, in a desktop environment, with any of these M.2 drives out now, as the difference these speeds make are sort of irrelevant as long as you have one in your machine. I would like to see how fast one of these is in a portable enclosure using the USB 3, or latest thunderbolt variant interface.
In reference to Timothy W's review where he says he's had failures over the course of 20 months. This drive came into the hands of the public a year ago in January of 2016. He is making this a negative review as well. The fact of the matter is that it has only been available to the customer for about 12 months. Something is fishy with this review.
Pros: Works great!
Cons: My OS (Windows 7 64-bit SP1) recognized there was a "PCI Device" right away but showed it was unable to find a driver. Took me a few minutes to sort out that my Samsung NVMe SSD 960 PRO M.2 needed a driver in order to recognize the drive before I could initialize and format it. Here's the Samsung link for those of you looking for the NVMe driver:
Samsungs instructions were lacking in stating that a driver was needed.
Pros: Fast fast Fast!
Loaded windows from a USB 3.0 drive. Never even saw the individual percentages between 0 and 100
Also I think I got one of the exceptional ones. According to a popular user bench, my particular drive is performing way above average for the same exact model.
Cons: It's so tiny!
I wish it was huge and bulky so I feel like I really got something for my money!
J/K I've got no cons!
Overall Review: Installed in a place where my side intake fan can add additional cooling to help reduce the chances of temperature throttling
Pros: As much as I love every Samsung SSD I get, and the 960 is no exception, I have to give a shout out for the great Samsung drive software (Samsung Magician) -- most manufacturer software is gunk, but this is really excellent, well-designed, super helpful software for maintaining your Samsung drive and benchmarking the drives in your system.
Cons: I'd like to buy a smaller PRO drive, I only need 128GB
Pros: Install as my boot drive on Asus Z170-A was flawless (ie) bios no setting changes.
I got even better performance after downloading the Samsung drivers over the Microsoft drivers.
Seq Read tested 3398 and Seq Write at 2066 using CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 x64disk software.
I am very happy !!
Cons: No cons from me !!
Overall Review: Highly recommended.
Pros: -Extremely Fast
-East to Install (if your MOBO has an m.2 slot)
-Zero Points of failure
-Exceptional Write Endurance
Cons: - It is very expensive
Overall Review: -Note to take full advantage of the drives speed you MUST install Samsung's drivers to use the NVMe protocol.
Overall I'm very happy, I've never experienced such speed and low latency. Having come from a 7200 RPM Hard Drive to this is mind blowing, my PC used to take about 2 minutes and 20 seconds to boot, it will now start in under 10 seconds (with Windows 10 fast start up disabled, it doesn't make a difference at this speed and it's buggy as hell)
Pros: FAST 3250MBPS Read/2200 Write avg CDM results even @ 70% full and being used as OS drive.
Cons: Ran Warm in my case Temp 1 65C Temp 2 90C. put an EK M.2 heatsink on and now Temp 1 max is 46C Temp2 Max 67C
Cant really see any performance gain over my 850EVO except in load times of my heavily modded skyrim and GTA V loads in about 1/2 the time
Overall Review: EXPENSIVE but DEFINITELY THE ABSOLUTE BEST on the market and they know it. Would still very much recommend. plan to buy another 2 myself to put in a raid 0 in an 8700k build around the 1st of the year