Both Samsung SSD will work well with your NUC, however the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250 GB (MZ-N5E250BW) Amazon.com: Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-N5E250BW): Computers & Accessories has Sata III interface rather than NVMe interface. Therefore its performance are lower than Samsung 960 EVO M.2 250 GB (MZ-V6E250BW) Amazon.com: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW): Computers & Accessories . The last one is the newest NVMe Samsung drive (the economy version). In my opinion the SATA III drive will be suitable to you needs however because the price difference is not very high (~28$) I'II prefer the Samsung 960 EVO M.2 250 GB .
Exactly, the price difference is not quite substantial but I'm wary of the potential mess in compatibility issue.
BTW does just work out of the box or do I have to do something wrt. NVMe?
Reading from the previous posts it sounded like I do need to mess with the driver to make it work on Windows 7.
Is Windows 10 completely hassle free?
There are specific Samsung drivers on their website for the drive. If you don't install them, the Storage Controller shows up in Windows 10 device manager as "Standard NVMe Controller" and when you install the drivers it's shown as "Samsung NVMe Controller". The Samsung Magician software on their site will also help you update the firmware. Not sure how much it all helps but it's one of the first drivers I usually put on my system.
So basically what you are saying is that the problem amounts to whether the installation media has NVMe driver built-in or not.
I guess this is similar to when SATA and AHCI is first introduced back in the day? Except that back then there's an option in the BIOS which makes the HDD to pretend it's an IDE device. Then after Windows XP installation is completed one can install the Intel chipset driver before switching back to AHCI in the BIOS settings. (Or alternatively one can patch the installation CD to include the driver or use a floppy disk at some point.)
If this is the case then no big deal.
But why on earth does the person from Intel say she couldn't even get the BIOS to recognise the NVMe drive:
She said: "So, I connected the Intel® Solid State Drive 600p to my Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYH and the drive was not recognized, there was no sign of it in the BIOS."
This is because Intel does not provide a NVMe driver for their drives. They consider their drives as only being compatible with Windows 8.1 and 10. Some folks have attempted - with only limited success - to get the Windows NVMe driver into a Windows 7 installation image. Microsoft does not provide the driver in a form conducive to this.
BTW, the driver does not have to be integrated fully into the installation image. Just put the base files onto the installation media and you can load it at the appropriate point.
Hope this helps,
You are getting really good feedback for your product. Thank you all for the information provided on this thread.
I have gotten some reports for Windows® 7 and NVMe drives, see below:
Hope this information is helpful.
Please let me know if this resolves your issue and/or if you need further assistance.?
Sorry to hear this issue still happening on this computer. I understand for optional NVMe support you need to have a UEFI-enabled BIOS since Windows®10 should come with NVMe ready.
This could be a compatibility issue or I recommend testing different SSD to complete the installation.
Thanks for the clarification.
Yes, NVMe drives are compatible with the Intel® NUC6i5SYK, see the tested component list below