UK 15.36TB Samsung PM1733 NVMe SSDs for £389.99, plus other bits from the same seller

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erm_what

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This seems like the best deal I've come across in the UK, and I think the seller is willing to ship abroad.

They're PCIe 4.0 (edit: although the EMC firmware limits it to PCIe 3), and have ridiculous read/write speeds. The only downside is that they're rated at up to 20W each under max load.

Here's the link

They're up for £399.99, but if you send a message to the seller saying "Alex sent me", then he'll give you £10 off each drive (and I'll maybe get some freebies ;)*

He may do bulk discounts too, but you'd have to ask.

The same seller has a lot of other stuff, but the prices are all over the place. I found a few other good deals though:

£24.99 for a LSI 9311-8i which is SAS only, but cheap for an 8 port card.

£49.99 for a 4 port NVMe/U.2 card although I can't find whether it requires bifurcation or not.

£26.93 for a wireless mechanical keyboard which seems to be half the normal price.

I also found some 16GB RAM for £5-10 a stick, but that's not as much of a deal as the above.

*for transparency, I am not the seller, I don't know the seller, these are not affiliate links, but I do like the idea of free stuff when I get an opportunity.
 
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neobenedict

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Apparently the firmware locks them to pcie gen 3 speeds, maybe this can be flashed?

Still an amazing deal and the seller said the drives are nearly brand new.
 

erm_what

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I wasn't aware of the firmware difference, but looking at the datasheet that would only really affect the read speed. If they can be reflashed then even better.

I've already bought a few for myself because it seemed too good to pass up. Now I just need to find a use for them...
 

erm_what

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It's mad out there.

I've had my eye on this one for a while and the seller recently reduced them from £599 to £399. I guess normal people don't search for 15TB drives as they're outside the scope of what people know exists. That and they wouldn't know what to do with a U.2 drive.
 
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erm_what

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They seem to have Dell/EMC firmware, but maybe they can be flashed back to stock.

The seller assured me they work. If not then they have a 60 day guarantee, which you can usually trust from UK businesses due to all the laws around warranties.

I've not received mine yet but I'll post up here when I do.
 
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if they work in normal servers, I should be good, just not in EMC san devices ;)
 

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do they have normal FW?
From my understaning samsung provides a basic firmware that can be customized to oems. But I've neever seen such a firmware for their pcie ssds, only for their older sata enterprise ssds.
(One of the reasons why I avoid samsung enterprise ssds)
 

ycp

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Will these ssd's work on supermicro servers with nvme support?
or do they require a dell emc server?
 

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That almost sounds too good of an offer to be true. I'll just stand here on the sideline and see how it plays out.
 
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This seems like the best deal I've come across in the UK, and I think the seller is willing to ship abroad.

They're PCIe 4.0, and have ridiculous read/write speeds. The only downside is that they're rated at up to 20W each under max load.

Here's the link

They're up for £399.99, but if you send a message to the seller saying "Alex sent me", then he'll give you £10 off each drive (and I'll maybe get some freebies ;)*

He may do bulk discounts too, but you'd have to ask.

The same seller has a lot of other stuff, but the prices are all over the place. I found a few other good deals though:

£24.99 for a LSI 9311-8i which is SAS only, but cheap for an 8 port card.

£49.99 for a 4 port NVMe/U.2 card although I can't find whether it requires bifurcation or not.

£26.93 for a wireless mechanical keyboard which seems to be half the normal price.

I also found some 16GB RAM for £5-10 a stick, but that's not as much of a deal as the above.

*for transparency, I am not the seller, I don't know the seller, these are not affiliate links, but I do like the idea of free stuff when I get an opportunity.
I bought one sas LSI 9311-8i, i need one hba LSI. Hopefully this hba sun will work with dell or Cisco servers.

The price for 15 TO name u.2 it is insane...man, I already bought a lot of sas ssd ...
 

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I asked the seller if these drives will work with Supermicro servers with Windows server.
The reply i got was that these drives work with Linux PC but don't work with Windows 10.
Anyone have any idea if these drives will work with windows server?
 

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these are nvme devices, they should work with all operating systems that support nvme as protocol (basically every os that came out or had an update after 2011)
 

nev_neo

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too bad they dont ship to the US. 3 of these would completely replace my Freenas box.
They probably need to be formatted from 520b to 512b, but i'm not sure if that is the case with nvme drives. I know sas drives needed to be reformatted.
 

ycp

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these are nvme devices, they should work with all operating systems that support nvme as protocol (basically every os that came out or had an update after 2011)
I wanted to buy 4 of these but need to do my due diligence before hand.
I agree that they should work with all modern operating systems.
I plan on using these in supermicro server with NVMe bays with windows server. The firmware is custom EMC so maybe that is the issue.