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    Buying an M2 SSD which one to get 951 or 950 pro

    Hello I decided to get one of those fast NVMe drives for my new skylake build. I am using an Maximus VIII ranger motherboard which fully supports tose drives. Samsung currently offers the best drive cosidering their prices and speeds. I decided for a 256 GB drive and I am wondering which one to get. I do not care for its clor or being an OEM drive. SM951 offers even slightly better speds and is priced at 150 eur while 950 PRO is 200 eur. Basicly what is the main difference in those two drives ? Is 950 simply better made to last longer somehow or it is just a bit more fancy looking . I do not mind getting 950 pro but onlyif I know something is actualy worth a 50 eur more on it.

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    Either will be amazingly fast. If you need the extra performance and have the money for it, grab the 950 Pro.

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    Is there any real benefit of 950 pro over SM951 ?

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    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array drop4205 PC Specs
    drop4205 PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)What are laptops
    MotherboardMaximus XI Formula
    Memory (part number)Gskill Trident Z F4-3200C14-32GYZR
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia Reference RTX2080TI
    Graphics Card #2ha I wish
    Graphics Card #3ha I wish
    Graphics Card #4ha I wish
    Sound Cardha I wish
    MonitorMSI Oculux-NXG251R
    Storage #1Samsung970 EVO Plus 1T
    CPU CoolerHeatkiller
    CasePhantex Evolove X
    Power SupplySessonic Prime Titanium 850
    Keyboard ROG Strix Flare
    Mouse ROG Gladius II
    Headset Astro A40
    Mouse Pad Corsair
    Headset/Speakers Astro A40TR
    OS Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Accessory #1 Ek GPU Block
    Accessory #2 EK SE 360 Rad, EK PE 360 Rad
    Accessory #3 EK D5 Vario 140 Pump/Res
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    I went from a 951 non nvme to the 950 nvme and like it alot more. Crystal disk mark was a lot better. Its harder to find a nvme 951 than a non nvme version just to let you know.
    Maximus XI Formula, I9-9900k, Phantex Evolove X, Seasonic Titanium 850W, Custom loop PE360+SE360 Rad, G.Skill Trident Z F4-3200C14 32g, Nvidia Reference RTX 2080 TI, Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1Tb, ROG Strix Flare keyboard, ROG Gladius II

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    My local seller has this one:

    It is NMVe version of the drive and that is a reason I am not sure which to pick, I learned that this are oem drives sold without samsungs support in bags rather than boxes. My seller backs it up with with 3 year warranty. I know 950 pro has a driver for windows to improve performance...does 951 also has that thing ?

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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
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    MotherboardM 10 Apex / XI gene
    Processor8700K / 9900K
    Memory (part number)2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4266/2x2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4500
    Graphics Card #1RTX 2080ti / GTX 1060
    Sound CardSoundBlaster Ae5 / Onboard
    MonitorBENQ 32" 4K
    Storage #1Intel 900p 480GB/Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
    Storage #2Intel 750 1.2TB/Plextor 1 TB 2X 950 Pro
    CPU CoolerCorsair H150i AIO / H1110i
    CaseCorsair 740 ? Lian Li Air
    Power SupplyCorsair AX 1200i / AX 1200i
    Keyboard Corsair
    Mouse ASUS Strix
    Headset HyperX Cloud Alpha
    Mouse Pad ASUS
    Headset/Speakers Logitech Z906
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    Only drivers specifically for the 951 is from PC manufacturers, Dell, HP, etc. but you may be able to install the 950 driver
    Unless the 951 is considerably cheaper to buy i would get the 950 but either drive are very good

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    ROG Member Array SpaceDonkey21 PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)I ate it
    MotherboardAsus X99 Deluxe
    ProcessorIntel Xeon E5 1650 v3
    Memory (part number)16GB (4x4GB) G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 3000
    CPU CoolerCooler Master 212 Evo
    OS Windows 10 Professional 64bit

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    Samsung 951 is a OEM product while 950 Pro is retail. You don't get Samsung direct warranty for the 951, have to go through where you buy it from. And the 951 does not support the Samsung Magician Software, where the 950 Pro does. Might want to just grab a Samsung 850 Pro or something, yes it's only SATA and not NVMe, but it should be good enough. Besides the 850 Pro gets a 10 year warranty vs 5 years on the 950 Pro.

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    ROG Member Array Bdel35 PC Specs
    Bdel35 PC Specs
    MotherboardMaximus VIII FORMULA
    ProcessorSkylake i7 6700k
    Memory (part number)64gb G.Skill DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card #1Strix r7 370 4gb DDR5
    MonitorSamsung 27" Curved Monitor
    Storage #1Samsung 950 Pro 512gb m.2
    Storage #2Sandisk Ultra II 480gb SSD
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i AIO
    Power SupplyCorsair H1000i
    OS Windows 10 Pro
    Network Router19002

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    Can someone explain to me what is going on?

    Hey guys i finished building my third rig about a month ago of course it is never officially done because i love tweaking and upgrading hardware so i guess i will explain what i have first and then get into it.

    Maximus VIII Formula
    Skylake 6700k cooled by Corsair H115i
    64gb Gskill ddr4 3200
    Strix 980ti
    2 Samsung 950 Pro 512gb in raid0
    Corsair HX1000i

    So i have never been into raid setups, in the past i have always just kept to simple ssd. Recently i purchased a Samsung 950 Pro because I wanted to test out the new pcie nvme storage setups and test out the speeds these guys are supposed to put out and i was pretty impressed with read and write speeds. So i decided to buy another one. Now my Maximus viii Formula has a m.2 slot and i have a m.2 x4 hyper card left over from my tuf sabertooth. I started reading about how to set these guys up in raid 0. After 4 days of going insane trying to set this up i finally was able to get it working.

    Samsung Magician software was showing me Seq. Read at 3000 the highest i got it was 3150 write speeds were also up there i dont remember exactly. So today i decided to play with Asus Ram Cache software. I wasnt able to find allot of info on how people were utilizing this software. Since i have 64gb of gskill 3200 i decided to put 16gb of ram cache. I ran Samsung Magician performance test and this is what i got.

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    It would be great if someone more knowledgeable would be able to explain exactly what is going on and if it is bad or good, is 16gb too much, any negatives any positives, should i use my San Disk Ultra II 2.5 ssd for cache?
    Last edited by Bdel35; 05-20-2016 at 04:19 PM.

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