Mac pro - Samsung SSD

blinds122000

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Hi Everyone

Just a quick question regarding M.2 PCIE SSD for 2010 Mac pro running OSX Sierra.
Looking at either getting the Samsung 960 pro 1TB or the 970 evo 2TB
installed into the angelbird PX1. Wont be using these as a boot drive but just as a media drive for video editing.

Will either of these work ok?

Cheers
Alex
 

priorytools

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Have you looked at Crucial SSDs?
I’ve used them for years with grief.
Also on their site it’s very user friendly to check compatibility with your machine.
 
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blinds122000

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Yes looked at Crucial but there mx500 m.2 speeds aren't that of the Samsungs.

Anybody else with any experience of the 960 or 970 in a Mac Pro as a media drive?
 
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BrianBaughn

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Samsung is requiring me to send my troublesome 16 month old SSD in for either a repair or replacement and they say it will take "5 or 6 days".

I mention this because previous, spinner hard drives I have returned under warranty were replaced by the manufacturers right away and I sent the bad one back in the box the new one came in.

This may or may not be the way all hard drive manufacturers are handling warranty returns these days…I don't know…but it changes how the end user has to deal with the swap and associated down time.
 
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bookemdano

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Samsung is requiring me to send my troublesome 16 month old SSD in for either a repair or replacement and they say it will take "5 or 6 days".

I mention this because previous, spinner hard drives I have returned under warranty were replaced by the manufacturers right away and I sent the bad one back in the box the new one came in.

This may or may not be the way all hard drive manufacturers are handling warranty returns these days…I don't know…but it changes how the end user has to deal with the swap and associated down time.
You may want to ask Samsung if they will allow an "advance replacement". In my experience, some companies don't offer it unless you ask. They usually want you to supply a credit card number they can charge if you fail to send back the defective device.

I don't know if Samsung offers it or not, but if you didn't specifically ask (and you can also try escalating the request to a supervisor) you may want to do so.
 
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Naimfan

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Yes looked at Crucial but there mx500 m.2 speeds aren't that of the Samsungs.

Anybody else with any experience of the 960 or 970 in a Mac Pro as a media drive?
You'll never see the speed difference, so why not save the money and take your SO out, or invest it, or . . .

(Says the person using a Samsung 860 Pro . . .)
 
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BrianBaughn

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You may want to ask Samsung if they will allow an "advance replacement". In my experience, some companies don't offer it unless you ask. They usually want you to supply a credit card number they can charge if you fail to send back the defective device.

I don't know if Samsung offers it or not, but if you didn't specifically ask (and you can also try escalating the request to a supervisor) you may want to do so.
I discussed it with the Samsung support person. He was familiar with the "old way" of handling the returns and didn't offer an alternate method.

SanDisk does the same thing (seems to take longer, though) but also offers (according to a tech chat) an "Advance replacement process, in which we send you the drive first after the replacement has been approved and as consumer you will have to return the defective drive within 7 days. The advance replacement has AR processing fees of $15 non refundable."
 
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JedNZ

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I’ve got my 960 EVO 500GB (just in a basic PCI m.2 adapter) in Fusion drive with a 2TB spinner for all my User data and it works fine. ~1400MBps R/W. Never caused an issue for over a year. I do moderate amounts of graphic design and office admin, occasional gaming and irregularly do compositing and video editing and audio work.

I bought a Crucial 750GB SSD one time and it failed straight away after the first format so have stuck with Samsung ever since.
 
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bsbeamer

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Currently using 7 Samsung EVO 840's, 850's and 860's in 5,1. They all work great and would likely stick with Samsung SSDs for future purchases.
 
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Zwhaler

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I own 3 Samsung 840 EVOs 1TB and none of them have failed me. They are excellent and I highly recommend them (the newer versions, of course).
 
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AlexMaximus

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Currently using 7 Samsung EVO 840's, 850's and 860's in 5,1. They all work great and would likely stick with Samsung SSDs for future purchases.
Same here, Samsung SSD's are without a doubt the very best SSD's on the market. The one and only NON-Samsung SSD I love to death is my Kingston HyperX Predator 960GB which I use for Final Cut Pro only.
 
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tsialex

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I have 3 Samsungs at the moment. Very reliable SSD's. I have 2 Pro models & one 860EVO. No regrets...
I like Samsung SSDs, but what a lemon was 840/840 EVO, they had at least 4 or 5 firmware upgrades trying to resolve the slowdown after full and degradation over time, never fully resolved. Since then, I research a lot about the models I want to buy and never buy at launch.

Btw, this Mac Pro has a 512 SM951 + Angelbird Wings and I'm very happy about the combo.
 
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crjackson2134

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I have an Apple SSUBX which I think is the same as the SM951 (w/Apple connection). I bought an Angelbird Wings but wound up returning it. Really nice carrier btw.

I have an 840Pro late build that came with newer firmware. It’s quite fast on the installed SOLO X2 here, I haven’t had a slowdown issue.

My 860EVO is in bay 1 and serves as my CCC HFS+ copy of the SSUBX. I seriously hate accessing a rotational drive these days, but I have about 30TB of data archived there.
 
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