I have my Skylake NUC on order and trying to finalize my m.2 drive choice. Not using it for gaming but as a power PC & for entertainment.
Option 1. Go for the Samsung 950 Pro m.2 NVME (512G) for it's blazing synthetic benchmark performance.
or for a few dollars more
Option 2. Throw in a lower cost RAID of 2 Samsung 850 EVO SATA III (1TB total).
Option 1 -- Start fast with room to add a drive in the future as prices fall. Keep it simple.
Option 2 -- Recoup some of the performance given vs. option 1 and get twice the storage space today. This will add some complexity with double the risk of a failure. Also any further storage growth would have to hang off the box or be an expensive throw-away.
1. The 950 Pro has great specs and test results, but my impression is that it quickly breaks into a sweat and throttles down to avoid overheating. Is that what you have seen or does the airflow in the NUC keep it sprinting for a several minutes at a time?
2. Performance prediction. Some have said the real world performance increase on a single user PC from SATA to NVME may be only around 15% better (rather than 3-4 times). This may because queue depth is typically l-2 not 32 and a lot of I/O involves small files, I am concerned I really won't drive the 950 hard enough to be worth it, especially if it always throttles down. Is it reasonable to extrapolate that option 2 might actually perform better than 1?
3. Given the 'some assembly required' nature of the NUC (I will build up with Windows 7 then upgrade to 10) did configuring an array just add a few steps or represent a painful hurdle?
I would recommend choosing the Samsung 950 Pro m.2 because this one has been tested with this Intel® NUC and it works fine.
You can see the SSD and M.2 compatibility list here:
The Samsung 850 EVO is not on the compatibility list, so we cannot guarantee that it will work fine.
Frankly, I would choose the cheapest SSD available (within reason) with the biggest storage available. I may be wrong, and please correct me if I am, but I don't think you will actually notice a difference between a mid-range SATA SSD such as the Sandisk X400 (M.2 using SATA not PCIe, 1 TB available for pretty cheap) and a high-end one such as the 950 Pro. I know that you can measure the difference and the 950 Pro is extremely high performant and all, but I don't think you can actually feel the difference while normally using the computer. Not even for gaming etc.
I have installed Samsung 950 Pro m.2 NVME (512GB) in a Skull Canyon but it spontaneously reboots. It still does. (So for me as a customer the matter is not closed.)
As mentioned in
And this rebooting is related to "Samsung NVMe drives" so how does this add up to
" I would recommend choosing the Samsung 950 Pro m.2 because this one has been tested with this Intel® NUC and it works fine." said earlier in this topic?