PROS:• Shockingly fast, boots up my Windows 10 laptop in under 10 seconds• Power-on, restart, reboot, & shutdown lightning fast in comparison to the Seagate 5400 RPM SATA drive that was installed with the laptop• Applications installations and launches much faster, making the user experience much more enjoyable• Easy to install into a compatible M.2 PCIe NVMe slot• Well-priced for the phenomenal speed• No messy cables to deal with, just one screw to hold it in place• Fair and adequate 3-year warranty• The functionality of a hard drive compressed in the size of a volatile stick of RAM, what more can you ask for?CONS:• Did not come with a screw to secure the drive (I'm just being picky)You can see the comparison speed between the 960 EVO and the Seagate 5400 RPM SATA Drive in the last picture.
SO, I did some research and found out that this Mboard only allows the card to run in PCIe Gen 2 x 2 mode...When installed in the M.2 slot that is...So I bought the Vantec card-M.2 NVMe SSD PCIe X4....And just installed it and then ran Samsung Magician's performance benchmark and got a read speed of 2,998 MB/S..Sensing that SM is optimized for their own drives, I ran basic disk tests in HD Tune PRO-(1674.6 MB/S Read) and Performance Test-(14,597 Disk Mark)...Only time will tell how useful this will be over time...So far, I've seen SOME performance improvements, but I feel that there's a limit to the performance of certain tasks, as the engine driving those tasks can only be pushed so fast...ThumbsPlus is a good example..Thumbnailing video files on the C drive are only marginally faster than on my 7200 rpm Seagate 3TB drive..Simply because TP is 32 bit and it's kernel can only handle so much data so quickly..The best performance improvement you can get is still lots of fast ram..and the fastest processor you can afford/justify....Storage is storage, and still has to travel across a bus to get to the CPU, get it's tasks, go back, perform the tasks, then return and let the CPU know it is done..This will definitely speed up games though!
I have an "up to" 200MB/s connection with Xfinity and a wired Ethernet connection directly to the modem, but I was only getting in the low 20s before...This may also be because I stopped using the "killer" ethernet port built into the motherboard and started using an Intel internal NIC...It's only in a 1x slot though...Only downside so far is the TINY screw you need to install this "drive" as I hate to call it a drive since there are no moving parts....If you are a little bit spastic like me, you may drop it more than once...Be sure to have a magnetic retriever on hand...
The drive is fast.
Would not work as a boot drive in my ASUS Z97 E Motherboard .. Could use it as A storage drive ,but I purchased to use as op System boot drive.Returned it to Amazon ..
The only way to connect it to the board is with a screw which was not included with the motherboard (it would connect to the 3-D print-support thread) nor the SSD.
Motherboard,1 month I trying to find out the problem I am tired.Could't see this ssd in bios, in devise manager its like as if nothing is united.I try everything: update bios, reset bios also and its nothing.it's very strange, I try this ssd in different motherboard and its working, also I put my friends same SSD 960 evo in this MB and its working but with my ssd its not.
At the very least they could have sent a new chip.Other Thoughts:I quit buying any SSDs from Samsung.
Wont even detect after i used a 2nd ssd to bootup.