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I've been looking at enterprise SSDs and have noticed that quite a few of the enterprise SSD models will also have 3rd party branded versions available. For example, I see quite a few Samsung SM863 / PM863 SSDs with HP branding in addition to, or replacing much of the standard Samsung branding.

Is there any difference between the standard / reference version of a particular SSD model, and these 3rd party branded versions of the same model? Are there any physical alterations made to the SSDs, or does it just affect the warranty or something?

Thanks
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I've been looking at enterprise SSDs and have noticed that quite a few of the enterprise SSD models will also have 3rd party branded versions available. For example, I see quite a few Samsung SM863 / PM863 SSDs with HP branding in addition to, or replacing much of the standard Samsung branding.

Is there any difference between the standard / reference version of a particular SSD model, and these 3rd party branded versions of the same model? Are there any physical alterations made to the SSDs, or does it just affect the warranty or something?

Thanks

From what i noticed, the enterprise units with OEM branding, like HP, DELL, ETC, usually have their own custom Firmware to the OEM manufacturer.
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From what i noticed, the enterprise units with OEM branding, like HP, DELL, ETC, usually have their own custom Firmware to the OEM manufacturer.

Yeah, pretty much. I know for a fact HP drives are just re-branded Intel/Samsung with their custom "Smart" firmware that enables extra monitoring and front panel light indicators.

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From what i noticed, the enterprise units with OEM branding, like HP, DELL, ETC, usually have their own custom Firmware to the OEM manufacturer.
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Yeah, pretty much. I know for a fact HP drives are just re-branded Intel/Samsung with their custom "Smart" firmware that enables extra monitoring and front panel light indicators.

Thanks, I appreciate the info.

There's no reason why I shouldn't / couldn't replace the HP firmware with the standard Samsung firmware (should the HP firmware cause any issues), correct?
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Thanks, I appreciate the info.

There's no reason why I shouldn't / couldn't replace the HP firmware with the standard Samsung firmware (should the HP firmware cause any issues), correct?

I'm not so sure on that. I would imagine it would be fine because the hardware is the same but I can't say for certain. I wouldn't want to say yes and then you brick the drive.

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You can't replace FW. Samsung's FW updates knows the difference between retail drives and OEM drives.
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I'm not so sure on that. I would imagine it would be fine because the hardware is the same but I can't say for certain. I wouldn't want to say yes and then you brick the drive.
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You can't replace FW. Samsung's FW updates knows the difference between retail drives and OEM drives.

I guess that would explain why the HP branded versions are typically a good bit cheaper than the standard Samsung versions. I'll probably just pay a bit more for a standard model then, as it sounds like there are some unknowns / the 3rd party branded versions could be more trouble than they're worth.

Anyway, thanks again for the info.
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