NVME PCIE M.2 SSD + High Sierra + Macbook Pro 2015 13"

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by DanMG, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. DanMG macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2016
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    That adapter does not support NVME:
  3. gilles_polysoft macrumors regular


    Jul 7, 2017
    Tours (France)
    Hi had some success with the sintech M.2 ngff to 12+16 adapter and a NVMe drive : the Samsung SM951.
    I'm testing other SSDs and will post results on this other post : https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/upgrading-2013-2014-macbook-pro-ssd-to-m-2-nvme.2034976/
  4. TuffWrap macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2017
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    I found a good new old stock Mac Pro 2012 and wanted some speedy drives

    So I did some investigating and bought some drives. Here’s the results of speed tests on each drive

    OWC Mercury Extreme on SATA SSD Speeds:

    Write about 200 MB/s, Read about 265 MB/s

    OWC Accelsior PCIe, installed in a x16 slot, costs $455, uses 2 drives in Raid 0 and the speeds:

    Write about 465 MB/s, Read about 660 MB/s

    OWC is still the old type SSD AHCI

    This next setup needs OS 10.13 to recognize the NVMe without some sort of Hackintosh, installed in a x4 slot

    Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter (Support M.2 PCIe 2280, 2260, 2242)

    Samsung 960 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6P512BW)

    This cost $307 at Amazon and the speeds:

    Write about 1,400 MB/s Read about 1,500 MB/s

    I had some trouble getting the drive
    recognized by the current disk utility. I could see it on the hardware info page. So I loaded an old drive with older disk utility and it recognized the drive and I was able to format it.
  5. ykchau macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2017

    I successfully install SM951 in my mbpr 2015 13" , I recorded the whole procedure, hope it can help.

    My combination:
    13" Mbpr 2015 early
    SM951 256GB
    Chenyang Adapter
    High Sierra

    Preparation of MacBook NVMe SSD Upgrade

    How to make a Bootable macOS High Sierra USB

    Upgrade MacBook to NVMe SSD
  6. ShinySteelRobot macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2002
    Upper Left Corner, USA
    For people who've performed an NVMe install in a MacBook Pro 13... How's it working for you? How's the heat? Any stability or compatibility issues with High Sierra?

    Asking b/c thinking of performing this upgrade myself. :)

    Thx in advance for any info!
  7. tabormeister macrumors newbie


    Jul 9, 2018
    Southern PA
    I did a 2017 Air and it's absolutely perfect
  8. cweirup macrumors newbie


    Jul 16, 2018
    I've done the upgrade with a Samsung EVO 960 and a Sintech adapter (ST-NGFF2013-C) on a MBP Early 2015 13". That seems to be a relatively standard approach. The upgrade went fine, although it took a little wrangling to get the drive to switch to AFPS. However I'm experiencing random reboots. None of the reboots happen when I'm using the MBP, only after it has been sitting unused. It generally happens after about a week, although sometimes sooner, sometimes later. I haven't been able to figure out what's wrong. It doesn't seem like a kernel panic, as the machine is rebooted, but it is somewhat unstable until I do a manual reboot (VPN client doesn't launch, Boxcryptor fails). I'm probably going to post about this elsewhere to see if someone can help me out.

    Other than that, it seems to work well. Good speed and heat seems reasonable. There is a little drop in battery life, but that might be more because the battery is getting old. If it weren't for the random crashing, I'd be 100% behind this.

    Let me know if you need more info.


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