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Drive selection for Skull Canyon (NUC6i7KYK)

SDysa
Beginner
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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).

 

Trade-offs:

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.

 

My questions?

 

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?

 

Other thoughts?
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idata
Community Manager
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Hi,

 

 

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:

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000020804.html http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000020804.html

 

 

The Samsung 850 EVO is not on the compatibility list, so we cannot guarantee that it will work fine.

 

 

Best wishes,

 

 

Ivan

 

RKeni
New Contributor II
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What is the trick to get the Samsung 950 Pro to be recognized by Windows 7 on the NUC6i7KYK during install?

EOcho1
New Contributor I
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Use 10 media to install, give it 7 key. It should work.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Yes, it should work - but you need to have the TH2 (or later) release of the ISO file in order to use Windows 7/8/8.1 keys. If your ISO file is from before December of 2015, I suggest you download a new one...

SKell7
New Contributor III
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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.

AThom16
New Contributor II
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Samsung m.2 950 pro is working great for me. Windows 10 device manager is showing a driver from 2006 though.

OOrke
Beginner
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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?

idata
Community Manager
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Try to do a firmware update for you SSD, you will need to contact your SSD manufacturer to get help how to do a firmware update on you SSD.

 

 

Please let me know if that works for you.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Ivan

 

idata
Community Manager
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Hi,

 

 

I'm just following on this thread to ask you if your issue was resolved with the information provided above or if you need further assistance.

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

Ivan

 

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