What to consider before buying an NVMe M.2 SSD?

Please help. I want to buy this blisteringly fast drive as my main drive for OS but i want to know what I should consider first.

Mobo: Maximus VIII Formula Z170 chipset
CPU: Intel i7 6700K
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  1. Ask yourself, Do you want to boot quickly. If so buy it. I have the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB and could not like it more! You get what you pay for especially in M.2.
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  2. 1. Depends what version of windows you install. If it's Win7, then you'll have to slipstream 2 updates before you start, and create an ISO put of it first

    Since Win7 doesnt support NVME natively

    2. NVME needs drivers and as above if it's Win7 you'll have to do the above first. if it's WIn10, you have to configure the settings in the BIOS first. So it appears in the BIOS. Then add NVME drivers
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  3. DaWilliams16 said:
    Ask yourself, Do you want to boot quickly. If so buy it. I have the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB and could not like it more! You get what you pay for especially in M.2.


    Yes i want a super fast boot times. I will still buy an 850 pro but i wont set it as my os drive because its slower than the nvme one and i am also aware that there is no much difference in real world applications but i still prefer the latter.

    The thing that i am concerned about "what to consider before buying an NVMe" is that, do my motherboad needs to support NVMe or what settings should i tinker in the BIOS to make my m.2 ssd succesfully recognized in my computer or is my board capable to run this m.2 ssd. Things like that.
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  4. Paul NZ said:
    1. Depends what version of windows you install. If it's Win7, then you'll have to slipstream 2 updates before you start, and create an ISO put of it first

    Since Win7 doesnt support NVME natively

    2. NVME needs drivers and as above if it's Win7 you'll have to do the above first. if it's WIn10, you have to configure the settings in the BIOS first. So it appears in the BIOS. Then add NVME drivers



    I am considering windows 10. So what settings do i need to configure in the bios to make it appear in the bios? Also when i add the NVMe drivers, do i need to do it when i already installed the windows 10 or before?

    Follow-up questions:
    1. So your saying that win10 supports NVMe natively?
    2. What 2 updates do you need to install first if ever i go windows 7?
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  5. I dont know what to configure I dont have that mobo. Or an NVME ssd.

    When it works it'll ask for the drivers which are on the win10 dvd

    Yer Win10 supports NVME natively the drivers are generic drivers, the Samsung drivers are on their site

    You 'll have to slipstream the 2 updates for Win7.You cant install Win7 without them. If you use an NVME ssd

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/update-to-add-native-driver-support-in-nvm-express-in-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2
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  6. Paul NZ said:
    I dont know what to configure I dont have that mobo. Or an NVME ssd.

    When it works it'll ask for the drivers which are on the win10 dvd

    Yer Win10 supports NVME natively the drivers are generic drivers, the Samsung drivers are on their site

    You 'll have to slipstream the 2 updates for Win7.You cant install Win7 without them. If you use an NVME ssd

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/update-to-add-native-driver-support-in-nvm-express-in-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2


    1. Settings may have different names on different motherboard manufacturers but has the same purpose generally. Can you just specify where in that settings or rough idea where to change some settings to recognize my ssd in the BIOS?

    2. Which drive is best to use for my 950 pro m.2 ssd? Is it the windows drive or the one provided by Samsung?
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  7. Well the Samsung drivers, but in order to get it recognised so you can install on it, you have to use the Win10 drivers since theyre on the dvd

    You can install the Samsung drivers after (well you'll have to since it's an exe file not an inf file)

    I dont know what you configure. Do a search in Google
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  8. Paul NZ said:
    Well the Samsung drivers, but in order to get it recognised so you can install on it, you have to use the Win10 drivers since theyre on the dvd

    You can install the Samsung drivers after (well you'll have to since it's an exe file not an inf file)

    I dont know what you configure. Do a search in Google



    Ok i will do my reasearch. But my ssd and motherboard itself are just compatible right?
    Reply to Mark_Lawrence
  9. Well it supports NVME but you still have to configure the bios and add drivers. So it appears in the BIOS
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