Is there a list of supported/unsupported SSDs? Will Samsung EVO 970 work?

Do you know guys if there’s a list of supported/unsupported SSDs for the laptop? I saw that some people have been having issues with the firmware on the “default” SN850 drive, so I thought could instead get something I know works without updates, like Samsung EVO 970. Do you think it is going to work fine or there’s a risk it won’t?

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Here is the Knowledge Base article on the subject. While the EEVO 970 is not on the list that Framework has compatibility tested, neither was the Sabrent Rocket SSD that I originally ran for months in my Framework Laptop, nor the SK Hynix Gold P31 that I am running now. I have had no issues with either drive, but there may be others who have run the EVO 970 that can let you know their experiences.

Here’s a link to the list. Hope this helps.

I use the SAMSUNG SSD 980 1Tb on my Framework without problems.

@Panda_bak The link doesn’t work !

IIRC any modern M.2 NVME SSD should work fine, it’s M.2 SATA SSDs that are incompatible.

I was originally running mine with an OEM drive that I pulled out of my old laptop, now using the SK Hynix P31.

@frensoua Sorry about the link not working. You can try this: What storage (SSD) parts are compatible with the Framework Laptop?

But in case you still have trouble, here’s the full text of the article.

What storage (SSD) parts are compatible with the Framework Laptop?

March 16 2022 2:17am

You can use M.2 2280-sized NVMe SSDs. We have drives from 250GB up to 4TB available in the Framework Marketplace, and drives ranging from 128GB to 8TB are available in the market. Either single-sided or double-sided 2280 SSDs can fit, but SSDs with attached heatsinks are unlikely to have the necessary clearance.

While drives from other brands should work, we’ve focused our compatibility testing on the following ones:

    • 250GB
    • 500GB
    • 1TB
    • 2TB
    • 4TB
    • 250GB
    • 500GB
    • 1TB
    • 2TB
    • 500GB
    • 1TB
    • 2TB
  • Western Digital SDBPNTY-256G
  • Western Digital SDBPNTY-512G
  • Western Digital SDBPNTY-1T00
  • Kioxia KXG6AZNV256G
  • Kioxia KXG6AZNV512G
  • Kioxia KXG6AZNV1T02
  • Kioxia KXG6APNV2T04

Note that SATA M.2 drives will not work on the Framework Laptop with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors. You will need to use an NVMe drive, which we would recommend anyway due to the significant performance improvements that brings.

Hello, I don’t see it mentioned here so thought I’d ask, can anyone confirm that the 1TB or 2TB GAMMIX S70 Blade fits in and has been confirmed working in the framework laptop? I have both the 1TB and 2TB but would like to know before purchasing laptop if either will work. Thanks

I’m using 970 evo plus, I had no issues as others specified using WD 750/850 in ker 5.16 on suspend/hibernation, power consumption might be a concern for you because it can raise alot of power in small reads/writes too. Other than that, its quite perfect, also got a ssd firmware upgrade on running fwupdmgr update (linux peripheral firmware updater).

I have a 2 TB Mushkin Pilot-E SSD in mine. (It uses a Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller and Micron 64 layer TLC flash.) That’s a solid midrange drive using PCIe Gen 3. It was one of the most power efficient 2 TB drives available when I got it. The SK Hynix P31 was not yet available in the 2 TB size; I might have bought that if it had been an option. The Mushkin was immediately recognized by my Framework and has worked flawlessly to date.

It’s not as fast as a Gen 4 drive, and a bit slower than the Samsung EVO 970 or 970 Pls, but none of that matters in daily use; any decent NVMe drive is more than fast enough for 99.9% of laptop users. I decided not to buy a Gen 4 drive because the extra speed (mostly unneeded) didn’t justify the additional expense or the hit on battery life, and many have heat sinks that won’t fit.

Is there any benefit using the SK Hynix P31, since many of you using it?

It’s the most efficient, i.e. highest performance per Watt. So it conserves battery life and remains cool.

I have a EVO 970 drive, and I think it will work in the Framework. It did not actually boot in the darn thing, but I think that’s because I didn’t have it setup with UEFI correctly. It’s detected by the BIOS and I can read/write to it from a rescue USB thumb drive.

Update: the drive does work, and boots fine.