I bought sumsung V-nand SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVM Express to upgrade my precision 5510. right now I have HDD hard drive and no SSD at all.
I realized I need a thermal pad for this card and I bought a simple one from eBay 1.5mm thick.
Is it Ok for this installation? I did not find any information about it online besides the item code of the original dell one and it had no details about it (http://icecat.biz/en_in/p/dell/88djk/not-categorized-NEW+DELL+PLT+THRM+M.2+PCI+1.5+5510-9550-3120401...)
Thanks a lot
AFAIK standard SSDs don't need a thermal pad, but Samsung PRO series do, downthrottle speed otherwise under load. You don't need something with world-class thermal conductivity, the one you bought will probably do. Someone recommended 2mm but soft fluffy type (the expensive branded ones with high thermal conductivity tend to be dense, clay-like). You can monitor the SSD drive temperature using HWinfo64.
The one I bought is very soft.
I installed windows 10 on it and it keeps crashing with a blue screen and does not collect error data (stays on 0%). It might be related to the thermal pad?
It crashed during installations and one time after an installation. The windows explorer fails and stop responding and then it crashes.
> I installed windows 10 on it and it keeps crashing with a blue screen and does not collect error data (stays on 0%). It might be related to the thermal pad?
No, should just downthrottle. You can check if the SSD temperature rises in HWinfo64.
More likely a driver issue. Lately, 9550 have similar issues with a recently released Intel HD video driver .4590, try reverting to .4483 if you have it (but Windows Update may want to install .4590 again!). Or the NVMe driver for SSD?
For me, manually installing the older version of the NVMe driver (ver. 18.104.22.168) helped:
With any newer driver I have the crashes, freezes and blue screens all the time...