1TB Samsung PM981 m.2 NVMe PCIe SSD - anyone try this yet?

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  1. etcetera

    etcetera Notebook Evangelist

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    I upgrade the original Toshiba 128GB RAID'ed SSD modules to SanDisk but now I am thinking about upgrading to PM981 SSD module. Supposedly the latest-greatest.

    Anyone try this or SM961 in their MSI machine?
     
  2. heliada

    heliada Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't see a reason why it would not work if it's just a regular nvme ssd? MSI even uses samsung nvme ssd's in their factory setups (my factory raid 0 consists of 2x samsung MZVLW256HEHP-00000 with 256GB each - seems to be the PM961 model).
    I would just be worried you would not get the nice extended 5 years warranty with it (here samsung ssd's come with that) as it isn't listed on samsung website anywhere and seems to be usually a part of some device just like mine - and tbh I don't expect 5 year warranty on what is inside the MSI from factory.
    I like samsung ssd's, as a family and my bf's business we have over 10 of them around and fully functional with no issues at all. Some are over 3 years old now so still well within warranty though
     
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  3. specialist7

    specialist7 Notebook Evangelist

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    PM/SM are just OEMs of the retail Samsung so they should work just like any other NVMe.

    You may or may not need to install the NVMe drivers but thats usually preference. Test it out with the default, then install and test again. Certain versions may show improvements in performance.
     
  4. etcetera

    etcetera Notebook Evangelist

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    I have the PM951 1TB as my boot drive at this point and my boot times are not that great, at 35 seconds.
    I am not unhappy but I thought with SSD it should be closer to 10-15 seconds.

    What can I do to increase the boot speed? Is it solely the driver issue?
     
  5. specialist7

    specialist7 Notebook Evangelist

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    Well you said it. "Boot"

    So you have to go to BIOS and tweak it up, disable things so that it can speed up the process and put things in priority so less time scanning every hardware.

    If you have a hard drive or external connected it will take longer because it has to detect those drives as well.
     
  6. etcetera

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    My boot time is 30 seconds, I am pleased. I added a 10 second pause to select which SSD I boot off. So it's all working out nice.
     
  7. etcetera

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    The prices are rapidly coming down. 1TB for about $300. For PM961/SM961.
     
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    this is the next item I am putting in the Titan.
     
  9. Kevin@GenTechPC

    Kevin@GenTechPC Company Representative

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    Watch out on some of the OEM models as they may not come with warranty.
     
  10. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't have an MSI, but I have a PM961 512GB and it is a fantastic SSD.
     
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