1.    13 Sep 2016 #1
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    Samsung PM951 looks different?.


    Hi ive ordered a new PC and getting this SSD with it. Samsung PM951 256GB M.2 PCI-e 3.0 x 4 NVMe ssd.

    Why does it look different to normal SSD it almost looks like a ram chip. This is good for gaming isn't it?. lol I no it too late now to be asking a question as already ordered but just wanted to no why it looks different..
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  2.    13 Sep 2016 #2
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    It uses an M2 socket as opposed to a regular sata plugin.

    You should have no issues with its performance, gaming or OS wise.
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  3.    13 Sep 2016 #3
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    Regular SSD speed is around 500MBps. M.2 SSD x4 is 5 times faster at 2500MBps if the motherboard supports it. It has little to no help in gaming. The GPU takes care of that.
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  4.    13 Sep 2016 #4
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    Motherboard im getting is a Asus Z170-E it just that the SSD looked strange. It wont look strange in a see threw case will it compared to others?.
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  5.    30 Sep 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by skipper847 View Post
    Hi ive ordered a new PC and getting this SSD with it. Samsung PM951 256GB M.2 PCI-e 3.0 x 4 NVMe ssd.

    Why does it look different to normal SSD it almost looks like a ram chip. This is good for gaming isn't it?. lol I no it too late now to be asking a question as already ordered but just wanted to no why it looks different..
    You say it looks like ram chips ?

    If you opened a sata 3 ssd you would see the same thing but a little bigger...
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  6.    30 Sep 2016 #6
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    Looking at the image on Amazon.com: Samsung SSD NVMe MZVPV256HDGL-00000 SM951 256GB M.2 PCI Express 3.0 OEM: Computers Accessories shows the circuit board itself is similar to a memory module but the contacts are at one end and similar/same as a SATA drive. The notch at the other end is for a screw to hold it in place. The motherboard must be set up to use the drive. It may not be noticable through a clear case but most likely you will want to use a larger-capacity HDD for storage and large programs such as games.
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  7.    01 Oct 2016 #7
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    An M.2 is different than a typical SSD. Depending on your board layout, it should look like one of these.

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