Asus ROG G551VW compatibility with Samsung SM951

iancuio

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Hello!

I just bought the following laptop:

https://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-G551VW/specifications/

I don't have much experience with laptops, and I'm curious if it's compatible with the following SSD:

Samsung SM951 - 256gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147425

I have researched a bit, the laptop has PCI Express x4 and SSD has the PCI Express x4 interface, but I was wondering if there is something else to look after other than that.

Thank you!
 

Gingerbread

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Well the laptop has the x4 PCI-E which is precisely made for the NVMe. I know for certain it supports m.2 SSD (installed one myself), it should support the NVMe as well (since it has Intel® HM170 Chipset which officially supports it), however you can't really be certain. Maybe the bios doesn't support it, nowhere in the manual does ASUS mention anything about SSDs. Personally I would contact the customer support before trying to install an SSD or buy an SSD which you can return if it doesn't work.
 

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Well the laptop has the x4 PCI-E which is precisely made for the NVMe. I know for certain it supports m.2 SSD (installed one myself), it should support the NVMe as well (since it has Intel® HM170 Chipset which officially supports it), however you can't really be certain. Maybe the bios doesn't support it, nowhere in the manual does ASUS mention anything about SSDs. Personally I would contact the customer support before trying to install an SSD or buy an SSD which you can return if it doesn't work.
 

iancuio

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Thank you!

I will install it and come back with some results and feedback, maybe it will help you or someone else.

Cheers!

 

Eric_83

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Hi, I have recently bought the G551VW as well, just like to find out how was your experience with the installation of the M2 SSD.

Just wondering for the M2 SSD do I have to be looking for the mini/half size M2 SSD or would the full size M2 SSD fit?

Does the laptop have any issues booting from the M2 SSD?

 

iancuio

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Yes, my experience with the M.2 SSD was 0. The thing is, there are 2 models of G551VW, they differ in the product series.

Mine was the normal variant, with 8 GB of RAM and no SSD. Price in Romania: ~1000$.

There is the other variant, which has 8 GB of RAM and 128GB SSD (bet it's a Kingston V300, bullsh*t anyway), at a staggering + 450$, totaling ~1450. Only this one has an M.2 SSD socket. The 1000$ variant hasn't. 450$ for a shitty SSD and 8 GB of RAM is just unjustifiable.

Anyway, I got an 850 EVO 250 GB for like 80$, and 8 GB Notebook RAM DDR4 for like 28$.

I got the same performance for like 1150$ (including the service taxes, I am not allowed to add these myself, because I will void my warranty), with 300$ difference. I suggest you do the same.

Cheers!
 
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