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Samsung - 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

( 4.9 Average / 48 Ratings )

Specifications

Manufacturer

Samsung

Part #

MZ-V5P256BW

Capacity

256GB

Interface

M.2 (M)

Cache

512MB

Form Factor

M.2-2280

GB/$1.00

1.29

Price/GB

$0.78

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Reviews

nickboomer 15 points 20 months ago

Fastest SSD available right now.

mahiyar 16 points 19 months ago
from completed build Unfinished Build -- Now Complete

Historically I was using MBR disk and when windows 10 came the samsung clone software made the 950 pro also into an MBR disk. My boot times were far from satisfactory. However benchmark tests did show that I got almost all the speeds as advertised. Finally decided to clean install windows 10 (and GPT). And what a difference in boot time that made. A few mobo settings needs to be tweaked else everything is auto.

JoeTheSpaceFrog 1 point 19 months ago
from completed build Skylake - Upgradable

Extremely fast, extremely compact, extremely easy to use.

StevenM 19 points 19 months ago
from completed build A Safe Bet

This recently released SSD is a four lane PCIe NVMe which has speeds like 3 to 4 times faster then the SATA3 SSD we have been using in recent years. Windows 10 64bit (1511) installed from a USB 3.0 flash drive in about 8 minutes. Because it is NVMe the BIOS has to be compatible to allow booting from this drive. Older mobos that have a M.2 slot may not be able to boot from this drive without a BIOS upgrade. It is currently available in 256GB and 512GB with a 960GB version coming out early 2016.

Boot time with this drive is the one issue I am having with this system. My old system was slow to boot and so that was something I wanted to improve on . I see other builders reporting SATA SSD booting in 10-20 seconds... My expectations for this PCIe drive were high but so far not realized. With this Gigabyte UD5 mobo I am getting boot times of about 50 seconds. I had read somewhere that there was additional initialization for the BIOS to allow booting from PCIe NVMe which may be accounting for the additional time during boot-up. It seems like it get stuck for about 30-35 seconds before I see any sign of Windows starting up. But now I have seen builds using other motherboards with the Samsung 950 PRO which have sub 10 second boot times so I have opened a support ticket with Gigabyte to see what they have to say about this.

rhayy 10 points 19 months ago
from completed build Mini powerful rig for work

Never owned an ssd before and I'm not disappointed at all: no wires, no noise but I can't check the temperatures. Windows starts in a couple of seconds.

Turbo83 11 points 18 months ago
from completed build Rover

Obviously fast but I should have done more research before getting this product. It is a very good product but for pure gaming could have gotten the cheaper and possibly faster 850 Pro 512GB.

bsj5000 14 points 18 months ago
from completed build Alright, Alright, Alright...

Works as well as advertised. up to 2200+ MB/s ...Also helped me a lot to have a M.2 SSD on my mATX build. The case needed all the help it could get from me & the components...so having 1 less power & SATA cable was nice.

adobo 40 points 18 months ago

First time messing with M.2, so I did a lot of reading… boy these are fast! Windows 10 installs just fine on it but the Microsoft nvme drivers are crap. Quickly install the Samsung NVME drivers for a 10x speed boost. Windows 10 installed in under 10 minutes, and could have been faster if I didn't dilly dally mouse-clicking through the install screens.

I was thinking about getting a second stick for RAID but I would be losing a lot of SATA ports, along with not having a whole lot of storage. I will instead wait for the prices to drop on these in a couple of years and increase capacity that way.

davfo 6 points 17 months ago
from completed build Dorothy

This drive is insanely fast. Boots and loads apps in an instant. Only drawback is that I only had Windows 7 on hand and this drive is not compatible out of the box. Had to install OS on an HDD then migrate to this drive.

dbcrib 7 points 17 months ago

Just. Get. It.

Blazing fast. I got this instead of 850 EVO with double the capacity. I had my doubt before the first boot, but after that I realize it was the right choice.