bwentzel13
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XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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I am considering installing a 512GB Samsung XP941 in my Dell XPS 13 (9343) and have several questions for those of you that have already done that:

  1. What issues did you experience and what did you do to overcome them?
  2. Have you run benchmarks and if so, what performance are you seeing with this SSD?

Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer these questions.

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dtupperjr
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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No issues, but I didn't do a new clean install and instead restored from a backup using recovery usb boot and then a recovery of the full system from another storage device.  By not doing a new clean install, I had to "fix" the boot record, boot into safe mode 1 time, and then reboot again. 

bwentzel13
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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Thanks for the information.  It doesn't sound too problematic and you got a nice performance boost.

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ssmakris
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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Hello,

What model XP941 did you buy? I bought one that has only one notch in it. The PM851 that I removed has two notches. 

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klim123123
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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Hi,


Did you find out which version of PM851is fit for xps 13 9333 ?

Thank you

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klim123123
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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You can buy one notch or two notches, both works. I just tested.

XP941- 1 notch - tested works 100%
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JOSM3TK

850 EVO - 2 notches - tested works 100%
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TGIW1XG

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moheban79
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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So the 9343 xps 13 is compatible with both 1 notch and 2 notch m.2 drives?

Thanks

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Saltgrass
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RE: XPS 13 (9343) and Samsung XP941 SSD

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The manuals on the system never state it is compatible with PCIe systems.  If it doesn't have a Bios to support a PCIe drive, such a drive might work as SATA.  I do not own the system so I cannot test to confirm.

From the picture in the manual it does not look like the system is set up to install a heatsink.  A PCIe drive may need one.

PCIe drives a more expensive for the same storage.  From where I stand, it may be a better way to go to just use a SATA drive, even in one of the systems which does support PCIe NVMe but has to use the Microsoft driver..

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XPS 2720, Inspiron 17 7779, Inspiron 15 7567, XPS 13 9365, Inspiron 1545, TB16 Dock

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