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Samsung PM961 256GB Polaris M.2-2280 PCI-E 3.0 X 4 NVME SSD £82.80 @ CCL Online
Samsung PM961 256GB Polaris M.2-2280 PCI-E 3.0 X 4 NVME SSD £82.80 @ CCL Online

Samsung PM961 256GB Polaris M.2-2280 PCI-E 3.0 X 4 NVME SSD £82.80 @ CCL Online

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Great price for one of Samsung's latest M.2 SSDs, an ideal partner for a Skylake based PC.

Spec:

Controller: Samsung Polaris

Protocol: NVMe

Form Factor: PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 Single-Sided 2280

NAND: Samsung 48-Layer TLC V-NAND

DRAM: Samsung LPDDR3

Sequential Read: Up To 3,000 MB/s

Sequential Write: Up To 1,150 MB/s

Random Read: Up To 360,000 IOPS

Random Write: Up To 280,000 IOPS

1 Year Warranty

48 Comments

I just drooled (and not from my mouth), look at the speeds.

Original Poster

Free delivery too if you don't mind waiting.

Hi OP and other forum users,

Quick question, I am not familiar with M2 SSDs, if I get this, will I be able to upgrade my HP 250 G4, which came with an i5-6200U Processor and a 128GB (SAMSUNG MZNLF128HCHP-000H1) SSD?

I have been looking for more details of the innards of the HP 250 G4, but can't seem to find much information online.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated indeed.

Many thanks

Cheaper over at Novatech for 77.99.

Hope SM961 at that price :P

lokha

Hi OP and other forum users,Quick question, I am not familiar with M2 … Hi OP and other forum users,Quick question, I am not familiar with M2 SSDs, if I get this, will I be able to upgrade my HP 250 G4, which came with an i5-6200U Processor and a 128GB (SAMSUNG MZNLF128HCHP-000H1) SSD?I have been looking for more details of the innards of the HP 250 G4, but can't seem to find much information online.Any advice would be greatly appreciated indeed.Many thanks



Hiya, just for future reference here's a service manual for your laptop:
h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg…884

You'll need to look for a SATA drive

drasim

Hiya, just for future reference here's a service manual for your … Hiya, just for future reference here's a service manual for your laptop:http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04653884You'll need to look for a SATA drive


Hi drasim,

I have come across it before, but I assumed, as it was for the older generation HP 250 G4 (5th Generation Intel Core processors), the current service manual would be different, as mine is the 6th Generation! Also I am confused as the 128GB SSD installed in it is a M2 SSD! So are you helpfully trying to point out that there is a spare slot, for a SATA drive as well, in my HP 250 G4?

Many thanks for your assistance

lokha

Hi drasim,I have come across it before, but I assumed, as it was for the … Hi drasim,I have come across it before, but I assumed, as it was for the older generation HP 250 G4 (5th Generation Intel Core processors), the current service manual would be different, as mine is the 6th Generation! Also I am confused as the 128GB SSD installed in it is a M2 SSD! So are you helpfully trying to point out that there is a spare slot, for a SATA drive as well, in my HP 250 G4?Many thanks for your assistance



HP associate the 6th gen model number with that service manual, but if you say otherwise, that's a bit lax from HP!

Edited by: "drasim" 14th Sep 2016

Preview / Mini-review of the 512GB version of this drive:

Toms Hardware Preview

rambits

Hope SM961 at that price :P



How much better is it?

Edit: A good bit faster

lokha

Hi drasim,I have come across it before, but I assumed, as it was for the … Hi drasim,I have come across it before, but I assumed, as it was for the older generation HP 250 G4 (5th Generation Intel Core processors), the current service manual would be different, as mine is the 6th Generation! Also I am confused as the 128GB SSD installed in it is a M2 SSD! So are you helpfully trying to point out that there is a spare slot, for a SATA drive as well, in my HP 250 G4?Many thanks for your assistance



​Basically m.2 can use two types of controller which essentially defines the speed you can reach. Sata which means you will only get the same speeds as a standard ssd or pci express which is faster the sata 3 and then there is nvme which is the quickest.

Still better to go for the 950 pro from all previews and reviews
Remember oem skus like the pm and sm961 have no warranty! 950 pro is much faster and has 5 years!

robodan918

Still better to go for the 950 pro from all previews and reviewsRemember … Still better to go for the 950 pro from all previews and reviewsRemember oem skus like the pm and sm961 have no warranty! 950 pro is much faster and has 5 years!



And only double the price, bargain!

their mSATA drives seem to be discounted too

960 is due out in 1-/2 months .. This still looks good for the price. This isnt supported by the software bundle or Rapid mode (from reading on web).

Zub

And only double the price, bargain!


You can get the 512gb for as cheap as 187--I know because I did back in March!

GwanGy

960 is due out in 1-/2 months .. This still looks good for the price. … 960 is due out in 1-/2 months .. This still looks good for the price. This isnt supported by the software bundle or Rapid mode (from reading on web).


Based on the sm961 numbers I'm a little worried about the 960 pro. It underperformed the 950 in almost every benchmark in the reviews I've read

Samsung - is it not going to explode after plug in?

Do you just need a spare PCI-E to be able to use this?
Can it be used as a boot drive?

PSmith222

Do you just need a spare PCI-E to be able to use this?Can it be used as a … Do you just need a spare PCI-E to be able to use this?Can it be used as a boot drive?



No, you will need a free M.2 slot on your motherboard.

It can be used as a boot device, yes.

TatankaYotanka

Samsung - is it not going to explode after plug in?


You get more bang for the money from Samsung! (_;)

Good price thanks, I've ordered!

This looks suspiciously like it would work in a MacBook Pro early 2015 (m2 pcie x4) can anyone confirm?

hybridandy

No, you will need a free M.2 slot on your motherboard.It can be used as a … No, you will need a free M.2 slot on your motherboard.It can be used as a boot device, yes.


Would one of these convert a PCI-E to M.2?
amazon.co.uk/SAM…1_2
Edited by: "PSmith222" 15th Sep 2016

Chidmas

​Basically m.2 can use two types of controller which essentially defines t … ​Basically m.2 can use two types of controller which essentially defines the speed you can reach. Sata which means you will only get the same speeds as a standard ssd or pci express which is faster the sata 3 and then there is nvme which is the quickest.


Its NMVe (as in NVM Express) not nvme. (and when people correct me like this, I'm thinking, Well bl**dy pay me then, if you want accurate journalistic type technical infomation, you cheapskates) :).

PSmith222

Do you just need a spare PCI-E to be able to use this?Can it be used as a … Do you just need a spare PCI-E to be able to use this?Can it be used as a boot drive?



Yes and yes.

Original Poster

PSmith222

Would one of these convert a PCI-E to … Would one of these convert a PCI-E to M.2?https://www.amazon.co.uk/SAMSUNG-XP941-SM951-PM951-PCI-E/dp/B01ELL5P4Y/ref=sr_1_2


Yes, you would need something like that to use this drive with a PCI-E slot.

Original Poster

robodan918

Based on the sm961 numbers I'm a little worried about the 960 pro. It … Based on the sm961 numbers I'm a little worried about the 960 pro. It underperformed the 950 in almost every benchmark in the reviews I've read



Apart from some issues with Windows 10 drivers, the SM961 smashes the 950 Pro in the reviews I've read, e.g. Tweaktown. I would have bought one if it hadn't been twice the price of the PM961, and I doubt I would see any difference in real usage tbh.

Minined

Apart from some issues with Windows 10 drivers, the SM961 smashes the 950 … Apart from some issues with Windows 10 drivers, the SM961 smashes the 950 Pro in the reviews I've read, e.g. Tweaktown. I would have bought one if it hadn't been twice the price of the PM961, and I doubt I would see any difference in real usage tbh.



I'd still wait for the 960 Pro, and for actual reviews. I wouldn't want to be without warranty on such a new, high performance, and expensive item.

TatankaYotanka

Samsung - is it not going to explode after plug in?


Yes, it will if you try to insert it into the SD card slot of a Samsung phone. Don't buy it! (_;)

quadlt

Cheaper over at Novatech for 77.99.



why does the novatech quote lower read/write speeds, are they def the same product?
Edited by: "computerrobot" 15th Sep 2016

Original Poster

computerrobot

why does the novatech quote lower read/write speeds, are they def the … why does the novatech quote lower read/write speeds, are they def the same product?



Different sites seem to list slightly different read/write speeds for this drive. I think it's because it's new and there isn't much official information from Samsung about it yet. The figures are all in the same ballpark though.

Graham1979

I just drooled (and not from my mouth), look at the speeds.



​don't get too excited. I have the SM951 which quotes up to 2000MB/s but has achieved nothing over 700MB/s in Win 7/10 Pro x64

Original Poster

verbumSapienti

​don't get too excited. I have the SM951 which quotes up to 2000MB/s but h … ​don't get too excited. I have the SM951 which quotes up to 2000MB/s but has achieved nothing over 700MB/s in Win 7/10 Pro x64


Do you mean when copying files etc? The SM951 does 1500MB/s+ in ATTO/AS-SSD benchmarks from what I've seen.

verbumSapienti

​don't get too excited. I have the SM951 which quotes up to 2000MB/s but h … ​don't get too excited. I have the SM951 which quotes up to 2000MB/s but has achieved nothing over 700MB/s in Win 7/10 Pro x64


What motherboard you using that with?

Minined

Do you mean when copying files etc? The SM951 does 1500MB/s+ in … Do you mean when copying files etc? The SM951 does 1500MB/s+ in ATTO/AS-SSD benchmarks from what I've seen.



​Sequential read using CrystalMark

Cattle

What motherboard you using that with?



​Asus Z97-P

Graham1979

I just drooled (and not from my mouth), look at the speeds.



Tlc tho

Brilliant
just perfect for my new i7 & Asus Z170 gaming board that arrived today

Heat added

Very good price, bought the SM951 a few months ago at £110 and its quick.
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