Does the Razer Blade (1060) use/support NVMe?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by SireOblivion, Oct 20, 2016.

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  1. SireOblivion

    SireOblivion Active Member

    Just curious as I plan to upgrade my unit down the line to a larger drive, I just don't want to shell out the money for an NVMe drive if the Blade doesn't support it.
  2. Benjibar

    Benjibar New Member

    Yeah, it uses an m.2 NVMe SSD.

    Only has one slot though so any upgrade would mean taking out the existing one.
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  3. SireOblivion

    SireOblivion Active Member

    Awesome, thanks for the information; I guess I'll have to wait for NVMe prices to drop.
  4. IceStorm_III

    IceStorm_III Member

    Cheapest 1TB NVMe SSDs are the Plextor M8Pe at $519.99 currently. It uses MLC NAND. Intel has a 1TB entry (the 600p), but it's using TLC NAND. There are some concerns about how long TLC will last vs MLC.

    The Samsung 960 Pro and the OCZ RD400 are the next step up, at around $750 for 1TB. The 960 Pro is also available at 2TB for $1300 or so.

    I put a 1TB OCZ RD400 in my 2016 Gen 1 Blade. Had to reinstall Windows to do it, but I used a Core to move over a bunch of data afterward (Steam folder) and that worked out well.
  5. SireOblivion

    SireOblivion Active Member

    Would I be able to go with a non-NVMe m.2?
  6. ParanormalBat

    ParanormalBat New Member

    You should be able to use a regular PCIe M.2 SSD (In-fact, I may be wrong, AFAIR The blade does come with a PCIe SSD anyway).
  7. SireOblivion

    SireOblivion Active Member

    So it doesn't even come with an NVMe drive?
  8. Legolas_no_id

    Legolas_no_id New Member

    Is the latest version comes with PM961 rather than 951?
  9. Benjibar

    Benjibar New Member

    Personally I'd go with the 256GB and upgrade it to the 960 Pro 1tb. You save £25, get a little bit more performance and still have a spare 256GB M.2 drive to use elsewhere.

    The new PM961 offers 3,000MB/s read and 1,700MB/s write compared to 3,500MB/s read and 2,100MB/s write on the 960 Pro 1tb. You do need to take the effort to change them over though.

    Here are the sources:

    PM961 -
    960 Pro -
  10. Legolas_no_id

    Legolas_no_id New Member

    Does anyone knows what brand/specs(like samsung PM951)/ does the latests version of blade comes with?
  11. SireOblivion

    SireOblivion Active Member

    Thanks for the info, though the increases in read and write are pretty big I don't know if I need it really, especially for the extra money it would cost. I guess I'll go with a non-NVMe drive in the meantime.
  12. Daimonicon

    Daimonicon New Member

    I would be really interested in that SSD information as well! I have to decide whether to pay the 200 Euros more for the 512GB version compared to the 256GB version or to replace it at some stage to a more recent one, especially if they only built a Samsung PM951 in the Razer Blade 1060. I wrote the razer support but they cannot disclose that information. Any news would be appreciated!
  13. brightcinder

    brightcinder Member

    Hidevolution (a reseller that does upgrades to laptops from Razer and other manufacturers) offers upgrades to the 950 Pro and the 961. So I'm assuming the default is the Samsung PM951.

    The drive would be listed in the control panel and by some benchmark apps (e.g., PCMark). I had my SSD upgraded, so I am afraid I can't run the test myself to see what the default config is.
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