I have the NUC i7, 16GB memory, and Samsung SM951 (256GB version). My NUC came with BIOS version 246. I installed Windows 8.1 PRO 64-bit from a CD-ROM connected to its USB port (with no issues). I then upgraded the OS to Windows 10 PRO 64-bit (with no issues). I then upgraded the BIOS from version 246 to 350. I never made any changes to the BIOS settings. I later decided to encrypt the SM951 boot drive using the MS BitLocker and made some changes in the BIOS (e.g., un-checked the Legacy Boot, under the Boot tab, Boot Priority tab). I also installed ubuntu-15.04 using Oracle VM - VirtualBox 5.0.4 and that also works. You may want to contact their tech support. Anyway, SM951 does work in NUC i7. I have used my NUC everyday for the last few weeks and it has been on 24/7 (without really any issues, except I can hear the fan noise when processor load goes above 50%. So got myself a long HDMI cable and placed the NUC in a different room to fix that issue. LOL).
Thanks to z_zk_z for the comments above. I have a NUC i5 not the i7, so don't know if this matters for compatibility with the SM951.
It sounds like a Windows 7 install with this combination of NUC hardware is not possible. I only have Windows 7 install disks so always interested to hear if any one has had luck with the NUC with a SM951 AHCI disk installed.
Any tips or tricks welcome, and thanks again for the help so far.
If you have a SATA hard drive or USB hard drive, connect to NUC, install Windows 7 on it, then download full ISO image of Windows 10 from Microsoft, and upgrade it to Windows 10 for free, then wait until Windows 10 is activated by Microsoft on your hardware. Now, you can take the Windows 10 (which no longer needs a serial number because your hardware is now registered with Microsoft) and start a new installation on SM951.
thanks for helping out :-)
do you have the normal version of the SM951 or the NMVe version?
The NMVe SM951 does not show up during the Win 7 install and in the bios shows as legacy device.
Some question I have.
Did yo have Win 7 installed on it?
Have you benchmarked the SM951?
I got mine from Amazon (I believe, it is NMVe version, although it does not say it). If you search Amazon, there is another seller which says NMVe but nobody has purchased any unit from him and it costs $50 more for a 256GB version.
Here is the Amazon link and the photo:
there is another user who has problems installing Windows 7 on NUC i7 (the problem could be with using Windows 7 and not NUC or SM951. I started with Windows 8.1)
For Benchmark, see this link (it is much faster than SATA):
Hi again z_zk_z,
I have checked my version and this is another version, I have the MZVPV256HDGL-00000
Think that the MZVPV256HDGL-00000 is not yet supported by the NUC.
Looking at the speeds from your benchmark I think I will return the MZVPV256HDGL-00000 to the shop and buy the MZHPV256HDGL-00000 instead.
Except for the IOPS the read / write speeds are almost the same.
Thank you very much for your support :-)
Add-in Card Connectors
The board supports M.2 2242, 2260, and 2280 (key type M) modules.
• Supports M.2 SSD SATA drives
― Maximum bandwidth is approximately 540 MB/s
• Supports M.2 SSD PCIe drives (PCIe x1, x2, and x4)
― Using PCIe x4 M.2 SSD maximum bandwidth is approximately 1600 MB/s
Drives—M.2 SSD (Also see the CMTL* Advanced Tested List)
Samsung* 128 GB: SM951 series MZHPV128HCGL-00000 Samsung 256 GB: SM951 series MZHPV256HCGL-00000 Samsung M.2 PCIe* X4 AHCI SSD XP941
"[...] the NVMe model will not boot in the Broadwell-based platform.
[...] If your board vendor of choice isn't deliberately adding NVMe support, you won't be booting to an NVMe drive any time soon. We hope this will
happen over time, but we aren't holding our breath that years-old motherboards will suddenly get new features.
If you already purchased a Samsung SM951 SSD with AHCI, then we can't recommend the NVMe model for its slight performance boost. It's faster, but
"[...] I really didn't foresee NVMe having significant compatibility issues, but you still have to take this into consideration. The NVMe-capable SSD 750 works in a wide range of computers, but getting the drive to boot into Windows is another story. If you have a motherboard with an Intel 9-series chipset, you should be safe; board vendors are already updating their firmware to support the NVMe interface. Outside of this generation's core logic, though, your odds decline precipitously. Samsung's AHCI-equipped SM951 SSDs naturally work in many 8-series platforms and even several AMD based motherboards."
Well, as far as I know the Intel NUC5I5 is Broadwell-based and has an Intel 9-series chipset, so go figure... (???)
Ah, someone with far more expertise than me, ScepticMatt, says hereRe: Is there any m.2 500GB HDD that will work in the new 5i5 and 5i7 NUC's?
Mar 28, 2015 11:55 AM (in response to ClayFranklin)
>I do hope Intel has a bunch of 500GB samples in the lab for testing so they can update the approved list with the new higher capacity drives.
Many of the M.2 SSDs have 500/512 GB versions, and I don't see why they wouldn't work. No guarantees though.
NUC boards can even boot PCIe SSDs without option ROM, and they recently updated the NUC bios for NVMe boot support.
SATA M.2 SSDs
ADATA Premier Pro SP900 512GB
Crucial M550 512GB
Crucial MX200 500GB
SanDisk X300 512GB
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB (launching April 1st)
SanDisk X300s 512GB
Toshiba HG6 512GB
Transcend MTS600 512GB
Transcend MTS800 512GB
PCIe M.2. SSDs
ADATA Premier Pro SP900 512GB
Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB
Plextor M6e 512GB
Samsung SSD XP941 512GB
Samsung SSD SM951 512GB
Future PCIe M.2 SSDs
Intel 750 ???
Great idea from z_zk_z, which I will certainly try.
I actually have the AHCI version of the Samsung drive MZHPV512HDGL-00000 which looks like a larger version of the model you have, so I'm hoping the trick of installing Windows 7 on an external drive and then upgrading to/installing Windows 10 will work.
I will report back to the forum. The support here has been fantastic, thanks everyone.
"Think that the MZVPV256HDGL-00000 is not yet supported by the NUC."
That seems to be the problem: the NVMe version is not compatible, the AHCI version is.
Can someone around here confirm this?
BIOS version 246 added NVMe support but it doesn't seem to do the support for the *NVMe based* SM951...
Also an upgrade to BIOS version 350 is not improving the situation with regards to the *NVMe based* SM951.