Intel SSD 730 Series Review – Intel is a company that is very well known for making some of the fastest and most powerful desktop, notebook and server processors out there in the market, but they are also well-known for being on the forefront of performance when it comes to solid state drives (SSDs). Over the years, the company has laid claim to making some of the best SSDs out there, and with the launch of the Intel SSD 730 Series, it is quite possible that they have smoked the competition yet again.
Intel SSD 730 Series, Unleash The Speed Demon
The SSD 730 Series comes in two storage options, which are 240GB and 480GB respectively. Using their own 20nm NAND flash memory, a factory-overclocked 3rd generation Intel controller and also uses a SATA III 6.0Gbps interface to help it attain the fastest data read and write speeds. Our test with CrystalDiskMark yielded some very impressive results. The sequential read and write tests clocked in at 451 MB/s and 291 MB/s respectively, which is blazing fast, even when compared to some of the already impressive SSDs we have reviewed not too long ago. Doing some real world tests, we tried transferring a 10GB file from a USB 3.0 external drive and another SSD, and the results were equally as impressive.
The transfer rate from the USB 3.0 external drive to the Intel SSD 730 yielded an average transfer speed of around 130-150MB/s, which is to be expected considering that that is as fast as the USB 3.0 standard can go. An even more impressive set of numbers can be seen when transferring data from one SSD to the SSD 730. Using the same file as before, we managed to record transfer speeds of 300-330MB/s from our testbed SSD to the SSD 730. This should be of particular interest to enthusiasts and people who work with large files such as video production houses and the like, as they would definitely be able to appreciate the kind of speed and performance the Intel SSD 730 is able to bring to their work machines.
Intel’s latest SSD once again sets new performance records and is now the SSD to beat By
If you so desire, you could also set up two of these SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration, and according to the product’s white paper on Intel’s website, this would boost the performance of the SSD even further, providing users with even faster transfer speeds and better performance numbers.
The Intel SSD 730 Series is a beast of an SSD, even though the storage options are rather limited. Marketed towards the enthusiast and professional market, we can see this SSD becoming much sought after storage solution for those who want to give their PCs an immense boost in performance.
- Ultra-fast transfer speeds
- Supports RAID 0
- Lack of storage options
Intel SSD 730 Series Specification
- Storage Size: 240GB, 480GB
- Controller: Intel 3rd Generation SSD Controller
- Form Factor: 2.5-inches
- Interface: SATA III 6.0Gbps
- Price: 292 $ (240GB), 575 $ (480GB)