What are the most recent compatible/recommended Samsung SSDs (NVMe) for use with AW 15 R2?

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Hello there,

like anyone who is sick of SATA and/or is running out of space and want to upgrade, I am thinking about buying a solid state drive (SSD), preferably NVMe (because, who doesn't love performance?), and most importantly, works flawlessly on the 15 R2 version of Alienware.

I've undoubtedly searched both Google and the forum and read a handful of threads about this. However, most of them were a bit outdated (like late 2017) so I am looking for some fresh info on this matter.

I am interested in knowing what is the *most recent tested/compatible/recommended* Samsung SSD (NVMe) that works with the 15 R2. I really wished Dell could take the time to make such information available for people who wish to upgrade their gear, instead of spending valuable time in forums over and over again.

Your feedback is most appreciated.

Thanks

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jphughan
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Re: What are the most recent compatible/recommended Samsung SSDs (NVMe) for use with AW 15 R2?

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Late 2017 would still be current for NVMe information except that Samsung just announced the 970 series to replace the 960 series, although the 970 units aren’t quite available yet — and unless write performance is very important to you, it would arguably be better to take advantage of discounts on the 960 instead since the read speeds are very similar.

As convenient as it would indeed be, it’s not realistic to expect Dell to go back and test old systems against new hardware, although even if they did, the 960/970 series are sold only as retail units, so OEMs wouldn’t even get them to test. Samsung makes a different model for OEMs — the PM961 is the OEM equivalent of the 960 Evo, for example. So I suppose you can wait for someone else who has the same system to report results with an SSD you’re interested in, but honestly NVMe SSDs should be completely interchangeable, so I would just buy whatever you want and return it in the very unlikely event that it doesn’t work.

Re: What are the most recent compatible/recommended Samsung SSDs (NVMe) for use with AW 15 R2?

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Thanks for the quick reply.

So I could suppose, the PM951 is the latest "official" tested SSD (https://www.dell.com/community/Alienware-General/Install-additional-SSD-on-Alienware-15R2/td-p/55635...) or is there any newer recommendation, like the PM961 that you have mentioned?

Everyone is also welcome to jump aboard if they have something else to add to this topic.

Regards

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jphughan
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Re: What are the most recent compatible/recommended Samsung SSDs (NVMe) for use with AW 15 R2?

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For Samsung SSDs named for OEMs, "PM" is equivalent to the Evo line, and "SM" is equivalent to the Pro line.  So a PM951 would be equivalent to a 950 Evo.  A PM961 would be a 960 Evo.  However, those models aren't officially sold in retail channels, so if you find them being sold on eBay or Amazon through third-party sellers, they are either used or were obtained through questionable means, which means either way you may have difficulty returning them in case of issues and should definitely not expect any warranty coverage from Samsung or anyone else.  If I were in your position, I would buy the SSD that fit my price/performance goals and try it out, since there is a strong likelihood it will work just fine.  If so, then I got what I wanted.  If not (very unlikely), then I can always return it.

Re: What are the most recent compatible/recommended Samsung SSDs (NVMe) for use with AW 15 R2?

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Hi there,

thanks for the follow up. For some reason I didn't receive a notification, or it ended up in **bleep**; which is why I wasn't aware of your post.

What you said makes sense, and thanks for the added info, that's definitely something new to me.

Best regards

 

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For anyone who is looking for the same info. I have successfully installed the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe M.2 on my Alienware 15 R2 out of the box and Win 10 recognized it immediately. I believe that I am using the latest BIOS version available, because I am an upgrade junkie.

A screenshot follows:

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nekomiko
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Re: What are the most recent compatible/recommended Samsung

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This is very helpful information. I have been looking to use a 970vevo on my 15R2 as well. Thank you! 

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