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We are using the motherboard’s current default BIOS settings. We have DOCP enabled. We are running the latest motherboard BIOS. We have Windows 10 Pro configured to run in the “High Performance” power profile. Windows has the latest updates. NVMe drivers are installed if present on the manufacturer’s webpage.
We compare SSDs on our graphs by PCIe or SATA version. For example, all PCIe Gen4 SSDs are on a graph for comparison, and all PCIe Gen3 SSDs are grouped together separately when reviewed. SATA is also grouped separately when reviewed. In this way, we are comparing similar PCIe or SATA performance, so that it doesn’t skew the results and you can see the best drive in that grouping based on the generation of performance.
Installation of the SSD went smoothly, this SSD does not need a special NVMe driver. Unfortunately, right now, MSI does not have special software associated with the SSD, however, MSI Center will be getting an update to support it. Therefore, we cannot take a look at the software just yet.
In CrystalDiskInfo we can see information on the SSD below. It recognizes it as a PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD on the NVM Express 1.3 protocol. The firmware being used is EGFM13.1. Features supported: S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, VolatileWriteCache.