To say the Transcend is slow, would be an understatement.
I have cloned the SSD using cloning software and everything works. Cheap upgrade that makes the Nucleus work snappier (search, album art load times). All in all - a no brainer upgrade.
Both tests performed on Nucleus+ Rev. A with Win Server 2012 briefly installed to run this test. SSD speeds are influenced by the MoBo and CPU used, which is why you may see the Samsung performing even better on newer boards using PCle 4.0 standard.
Nucleus “Rev B” uses faster M.2 NVMe standard SSDs, so while certainly faster than M.2 SATA drives found in the “Rev A” models, they are still much slower than those Samsung drives.
I use 2 Samsung 980 Pro NVMe 1 TB SSDs connected via PCIe 4 x 4 and I’m getting read speeds of almost 7000 MB/s on my ASUS ROG Dark Hero motherboard. I have used many NVMe SSDs and these are the fastest I’ve found so I completely agree with you. I will be using one of these on the NUC I’m getting for my next Roon Core which will use less than 10% as much power as my gaming computer.
Absolutely. Those old SATA m.2 drives are just painfully slow. With the prices of SSD going down and the speeds going up, there is just no reason not to upgrade.
BTW - almost all 5-gen NUCs (the only exception I know beeing MYHE models, eg. NUC3i5MYHE) can run modern NVMe SSDs. A BIOS update may be needed if you still run the very early BIOS release. They really come to life with fast SSD and can still be used if you don’t use DSP much.
Yes, I tried a NVMe SSD in the NUC5i3MYHE, with the latest BIOS and was not picked up.
The performance of the NUC5i3 running ROCK was very good, and on par with NUC6 and some NUC7 units, as the single thread performance of the Intel CPUs used didn’t really change until the Gen8 units (and the CPU in the NUC7i7DN* units)
I’ve got a Nucleus Rev B. Per your helpful information, I picked up a Simplecom SD550 Docking Station and a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB. Indeed, once I formatted the new M.2 drive on my PC, cloning the original Transcend drive using the Simplecom Docking Station was incredibly easy (and took less than 5-minutes).
I’m very happy to report that the entire Roon experience is made considerable snappier and responsive using the faster Samsung M.2 drive in the Nucleus. Menus, browsing, searching and loading of album artwork are all notably improved. As you stated, this was a no-brainer upgrade.
Most importantly, being able to replace the main system HDD on the Nucleus myself means it is as self-serviceable as an Intel Nuc ROCK core!
I bet! Based on a few other upgrade posts, I’ve also decided to swap out the standard Nucleus single 4GB RAM stick for 2, 8GB sticks. That said, 16GB of RAM is absolutely overkill for my Roon needs …can’t hurt to max everything out though
“I don’t want to burst your bubble, but I just installed 2 8gb modules, and the system is considerably faster with loading album artwork, and processing. I have the standard Nucleus. Kind of surprised that it only comes with 4GB to begin with.”
Going to two RAM sticks brings you from single channel RAM mode to dual channel mode. It’s a mathematical doubling of memory bandwidth (but you won’t see a true doubling of speed). Also drives down latency a bit IIRC.
It’s an optimization built into the system. So, regardless of one’s views on RAM amount required, going with two sticks seems to be an incredibly uncontroversial upgrade IMHO.