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WD Black SN750, Intel 665p compatible with P53?

2020-02-11, 12:49 PM

Hello,

I'm thinking about adding one additional drive to my P53 20QN0034MX

I can choose between these two.

Does anybody know if they are compatible?

 

* WD Black SN750  1000GB M.2 2280 PCI Express 3.0 x4 (NVMe)

* Intel Solid-State Drive 665p Series  1024GB M.2 2280 PCI Express 3.0 x4 (NVMe) 

 

Thanks!

 

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Re: WD Black SN750, Intel 665p compatible with P53?

2020-02-11, 16:06 PM

The safest thing is always to use a Lenovo-branded drive.  When buying a retail drive (like these) or an OEM drive certified for a different brand of computer, always check the seller's return policy.  In general, basic functions, like read and write, always work because the drive makers test drives with commonly used machines, but sometimes there can be other problems with different component combinations that are not caught during testing.  Some of these situations can be quite complicated.  I had a situation a couple of years ago where I put an NVMe Opal 2 retail drive into a P70.  I also had a spinning drive in the same machine.  I use disk passwords that are set through the BIOS which also affects the hardware encryption.  I found that setting the password on my new drive screwed up my ability to access the spinning drive because of something in the drive's firmware.  There is no way that the drive maker's testing would be able to catch that sort of problem.  Even another user's report would likely say that the drive worked unless that user had a similar hardware combination and used the same features.


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Re: WD Black SN750, Intel 665p compatible with P53?

2020-02-13, 18:37 PM

Mine came with intel ssd pro 7600p nvme (256 gb ) 

After doing some research I found that performance/price-wise Seagate Barracuda 510 nvme (1tb) is probably the best drive money can buy on these days.  (Seagate BarraCuda 510 1TB SSD Internal Solid State Drive – Pcie NVMe 3D TLC NAND for Gaming PC Gaming Laptop Desktop (ZP1000CM30001))) in United Kingdom they were selling at 128.98 £  (about 168 $ ) 

So I ordered one and installed as my main OS drive , and have to say, there is a massive performance difference compared to intels drive. 
Boot speed is much faster, windows performance faster too. Photoshop, illustrator, even VSCode feels much faster too.   Could also be because of small previous 256gb capacity and almost 50% filled. (os and few apps) 

All in all, I do really recommend this drive especially for p53 
I also did few  Read/Write tests  on both disks with crystaldiskmark, you can find attached results. 

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Re: WD Black SN750, Intel 665p compatible with P53?

2020-02-13, 18:48 PM

One thing I am not entirely sure is if those m2.2280NVMe's has to run in AHCI or RST mode ?

This setting can be found on p53 bios under Serial ATA(SATA) - >  Controller Mode (it comes in AHCI mode as default). What are the advantages of changing to RST mode , and does my SSD's (nvme's) support that mode ? 

Aso when I select to change mode in bios I get message prompt saying ''SETUP WARNING: The existing data stored on the drive may be damaged when changing Controller Mode'' Does that means I need to reformat drives  ?


Thank you



I added few screenshots from the bios menu. 


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Re: WD Black SN750, Intel 665p compatible with P53?

2020-02-19, 17:24 PM

RST mode is for RAID and/or Optane.  If you aren't using multiple drives for RAID, or not using a special Intel Optane SSD, then you should use AHCI mode.

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Re:WD Black SN750, Intel 665p compatible with P53?

2020-03-11, 12:38 PM

Hello, 

 

An update, I bought the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD and it's working fine in the P53.

The only issue I had so far is that I can't see it in BIOS so I'm unable to activate password protection.

 

 

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