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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDr View Post
    Look thru this thread. I installed a Samsung 950PRO NVMe M.2 drive in my 2015 MacBook Air using a Sintech adapter. No issues...

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads...g-ssd.2099405/

    In the thread it shows how the M.2 drive looks installed with the Sintech adapter. I did not have any clearance issues and the MBA operated better than expected. I'm very pleased with the results. I have also put in the Disk Speed Test results comparing the Apple SSD speed to the new NVME M.2 speed. Well worth the cost/effort to do this.
    Excellent! I went a head and ordered the adapter you suggested. Why did you go with the pro vs evo? There seems to be a lot of conflicting info out there from the pro being faster to no difference besides warranty?

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    I went with the PRO because it is faster than the EVO. Since there was no information on whether or not the Samsung PRO series would work on a MacBook Air I decided to go with the 950 PRO first since it was half the price of a 960 PRO 1TB. That way if it did not work then I wouldn't feel nearly as bad for what I spent getting the NVMe M.2 drive.

    I'm looking to put in a 960 PRO 1TB NVMe M.2 drive this summer into my MacBook Air but since you're looking to do this sooner than me, I'm very interested in hearing about your experience. Right now I'm loving the drive performance that my 950PRO has in my 2015 MBA.

    Compared to the original Apple 256GB SSD, the M.2 NVMe drive is close to 3x faster... you get spoiled by the improved drive performance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Nice and informative thread thanks MacDr.




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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Lots of great info @MacDr. Not only informative but you offered lots of great advice to the other participants of that thread.

    Thanks for the feedback guys! I'm glad I'm able to provide some info and help!

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    I took out my Samsung 950 PRO NVMe M.2 drive this evening and swapped in my original Apple 256GB SSD drive and then ran Disk Speed Test so that I can show the comparison in drive performance between the two. The result you see on the left is the original Apple 256GB SSD drive and the one on the right is my Samsung 950 PRO 512GB NVMe M.2 drive. You can see the huge difference between the two. I will have my Samsung drive reinstalled tomorrow after work.


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    I took out my Samsung 950 PRO NVMe M.2 drive this evening and swapped in my original Apple 256GB SSD drive and then ran Disk Speed Test so that I can show the comparison in drive performance between the two

    Good grief!!! What an amazing difference.

    I wonder what's all involved between the two SSD drives for such a speed difference????




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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Good grief!!! What an amazing difference.

    I wonder what's all involved between the two SSD drives for such a speed difference????




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    Patrick,

    The Apple SSD is on the SATA/SATA Express controller which operates at a much slower speed (x2 link width) and the NVMe drive is on the NVMExpress controller which operates at x4 link width.

    Thatís why you have the speed difference. After spending a few weeks with my NVMe drive and my Apple SSD drive currently installed... you really notice the difference in drive performance...

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