Intel 750 1.2TB Review – Intel might have led the SSD market when consumer drives first became affordable, but the performance of its drives has played second fiddle to its reliability in recent years. Simply put, Intel drives weren’t as fast as the competition, but they were renowned for being basically indestructible. With the new 750 drive, Intel hasn’t just caught up to the rest of the pack – it’s left them eating its dust.
This is thanks to the employment of Non-Volatile Memory Express technology, known as NVMe for short. It’s a new method of accessing the memory on the drive, and makes the most of the parallelism found in today’s SSDs. Where today’s AHCI drives only allow one command queue, with 32 commands per queue, NVMe boosts this exponentially, up to a whopping 65536 queues, with 65536 commands per queue. The result is a massive increase in the number of IOPS (Input/Output Operations per Second) of the drive.
Put simply, the Intel 750 simply wiped the floor with the competition when it came to IOPS, with more than twice the 4K QD16 IOPS of its nearest competitor. Write performance was also excellent, though some of the read numbers were a little low.
It might cost a little more, at $1.34 per Gigabyte, but the Intel 750 is the undisputed king when it comes to IOPS performance. As such it’ll make for the perfect OS drive or game install drive, and when combined with Intel’s legendary reliability makes this a safe bet for those craving the ultimate in performance.
- Insane IOPS performance
- Excellent overall read/write performance
- 5 Year warranty
- Requires NVMe compatible BIOS to work as boot drive
Intel 750 1.2TB Specifications
- Capacity 1200 GB
- Form Factor 2.5″ 15mm
- Interface PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4
- Lithography 20 nm
- Sequential Read 2400 MB/s
- Sequential Write 1200 MB/s
- Random Read (8GB Span) 440000 IOPS
- Random Write (8GB Span) 290000 IOPS
- Latency – Read 20 µs
- Latency – Write 20 µs
- Power – Active 22
- Power – Idle 4
- Vibration – Operating 2.17
- Vibration – Non-Operating 3.13
- Shock (Operating and Non-Operating) 1000
- Operating Temperature Range 0°C to 70°C
- Weight 125g
- Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes) 70GB per day
- Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 1.2M hours
- Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER) < 1 sector per 10^16 bits read
- Warranty Period 5 yrs
- Product page : http://ark.intel.com/products/86741/Intel-SSD-750-Series-1_2TB-2_5in-PCIe-3_0-20nm-MLC
- Price $1499